Sometimes getting team dynamics is not about having a team building guru come in but about remembering the joy of team work.
In the hurley burley of day-to-day tasks, deadlines and pressures, it is easy to forget we are working with other human beings. The pressure to get a job done can sometimes overshadow the team connection. We forget to rely on each other. Instead, seeing any interruptions or distraction as an intrusion into our space.
Of course, there are some things we need to do as individuals. However, the ultimate success of any project or organisation comes down the sum of its parts – the team.
Next time you are cursing being part of a team and the boss is suggesting a team building exercise, remember these six points of the benefits of being in a high functioning and happy team.
An unhappy team can have major impacts on many things. A lot of effort goes into creating a high functioning team, right from the get-go. It is vital to ensure there is the right mix of skills, experience and personality make up.
What happens when this team dissolves into unhappiness, filled with backbiting, arguing and become unproductive. It can spell disaster for the project.
There are a few reasons a team becomes an unhappy team. Luckily, there are fixes to get them back on track.
As the leader of a team, it is your job to guide, support and encourage. Sadly, many leaders are more like managers – bossing the team around, micromanaging and getting the way of progress. If you are just sitting back in your office expecting the team to do all the work and you get the glory, then your team is not going to respect you. A good leader is transparent, engages with the team, walks the walk, supports the team to grow and learn, listens to feedback and takes the time to keep the team up to date.
With so much choice online these days, how do you know which African Entertainment company to book?
Let me ask you a simple question… How do you know you are getting 100% Authentic African drummers and dancers at the best price? Can all these companies who claim to offer African entertainment be relied on? In our experience, no they can’t! We’ve heard some horror stories over the years and we don’t want to be tarnished with the same brush!
So, before booking, please consider the questions below.
The doonas have been put away at home. You no longer need to rug up like an Eskimo to get to work in the morning and when you leave, the sun is still shining.
Spring is here and many people are giving their home a once-over. So why not give the office a spring clean. Time to go through the filing cabinets, clear out all the many plastic lids in the staff kitchen and re-energise the team.
Giving the workplace a spring clean is more than just cleaning, it is removing any stagnant energy built up after a winter of colds and flu, the lower energy that comes when it gets cold.
Cleaning up gets rid of clutter … but where to start?
The announcement comes through the internal messaging system – the date for the next team building activity.
Throughout the organisation, there are collective groans and eye rolls because the team knows it will be like Groundhog Day – the same old same old. The keynote speaker talking about teamwork and sharing a story while most struggle to stay awake and engaged.
Or it is a physical activity that gets the fit in the office excited but the ones who are not so athletic, cringe and hope they will be sick that day.
Or the trust fall activity. Yes, your colleague might catch you on the day but there is a big difference between doing something because you are expected to and being accountable.
If you are going to do team building, make sure it is something that everyone can connect over, that brings people together in the spirit of creating something worthwhile and also lifts the spirits.
Body Percussion is traced back to the mines of South Africa, where miners communicated with each other using sounds and rhythms. You can make music even without instruments because your body is an instrument! Your body acts like a drum-kit which means you can create amazing rhythms through clap, snap, stomp and slap and more. So, the main movements that we use at African Beat are:
Employee engagement is vital for business growth. It is the emotional commitment people have to the business, which underpins how much they care about what they do.
Do you have team members that show up to work, listless, disinterested and who only do the bare minimum to get by? You know they are good at what they do but they just are not engaged.
It happens in most workplaces. People start with a workplace excited about the opportunities and dedicated to meeting the organisation’s goal and values.
Somewhere along the line, they unplug, becoming just a cog in the wheel.
As the leader, it is not the boss’s job to make sure the staff are happy; that is up to them, but it is important to keep people engaged. Without employee engagement, without commitment, without motivation, no one gives their best and the workplace becomes a lacklustre environment, devoid of enthusiasm and tangible successes
If you look around and find your people are disconnected, here are five ways to plug them back in for an energy boost and tick your employee engagement box.
We all understand the importance of team members feeling comfortable working together & trusting each other. Team building is vital to a company’s success & should be incorporated into the schedule to ensure maximum productivity. Of the least known yet effective team bonding activities, African drumming makes the list. This involves a team drumming together in sync in a bid to improve on group dynamics in addition to enhancing togetherness. Few people are aware of how effective drumming for team building can be. We are going to take a look at the benefits of drumming for team building in the workplace.