5 Reasons To Take a Team Time-OutApr 24, 2018
Recently, I was at a two-day team time-out with the engineering team of Inventive Designers. Yes, I know, team building has a bad reputation, especially so among the typically cynical software engineering crowd. Generally, people start replaying old episodes of “The Office” in their heads and they realise that in real life it’s not nearly as funny if they are in the middle of it. However, despite its reputation I want to make the case that team building is the most important investment you can make for your people.
In our workplace, effective team work is critical to build the best-in-class products and experience for our customers (much more so than any individual contributor alone). So yes, taking a team time-out is an investment, it often doesn’t come easy or cheap. But read on, and you’ll understand it will pay big dividends over time!
1. Have Fun
"Great two-day event where I met my colleagues in a completely different (informal) way!" - Atheesan Murgesu, Product Consultant
2. Build relationships
“If employees feel connected, their motivation and productivity are enhanced. A reconnecting session makes employees feel that they are not alone, that they’re part of the bigger whole. That feeling motivates and energizes.” -Lieve Van Weddingen, Aspiria
3. Set the stage for continuous improvements
4. Mitigating conflict
"Without any expectation, I started our TTO with the hope to meet some (for me) new colleagues. Eventually, I met all of my teammates in a fun way, I even got to know surprising things from colleagues I thought I knew.When we had to give and receive feedback in a constructive but honest way and when we spoke about the critical role of time management, those were the most important learning moments for me." - Thomas Truijen, Product Consultant