Activities You Can Initiate at Work to Encourage Teamwork

by Frank Girard; Updated September 26, 2017
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One highly effective way to boost the performance of employees in your department is to improve on your group’s teamwork. Teamwork allows for easier sharing of work in the department because everyone is willing to work together and share and interchange activities. Teamwork also takes advantage of each individual's strengths, leveraging those for the benefit of everyone. Teamwork can also improve decision making.

To encourage more teamwork in your department, initiate teamwork building activities.

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One highly effective way to boost the performance of employees in your department is to improve on your group’s teamwork. Teamwork allows for easier sharing of work in the department because everyone is willing to work together and share and interchange activities. Teamwork also takes advantage of each individual's strengths leveraging those for the benefit of everyone. Teamwork can also improve decision making.

To encourage more teamwork in your department, initiate teamwork building activities.

Team Storytelling

Group storytelling can be fun and provides an opportunity for each team member to better understand how others think. Call a meeting of all members of your department and tell them that you want them to participate in a team building exercise. Give the team their choice of one of three stories to develop as a group. Get consensus on what story will be told.

The story building process starts with one member of the team starting a story and telling part of it for two minutes. Every two minutes another team member continues telling the story until everyone participates.

Group Word Building

A group word building exercise can promote teamwork because every member is sharing resources with each other and combining them for an optimum outcome. Each member is given five cards with a letter on each card. Group members are asked to create as many words as they can using the letter cards in a 10-minute period. The team with the most words wins.

During this exercise, a team leader will emerge as the group organizes the cards. Since everyone has cards, the process encourages each team member to share information.

Sell Your Idea

Working together to sell an idea builds teamwork because team members much reach a consensus on important sales points and the sales approach you will use. For this exercise set up at least two teams. Both teams are told to assemble and deliver a presentation to sell an idea. The teams have 15 minutes to prepare for their presentation and provide it to a team leader.

About the Author

Frank Girard is a copywriter and marketing consultant who has been working in the field since 1995. He has published ebooks, including "How to Succeed as a Freelance Marketing Consultant" and "101 Questions and Answers About Internet Marketing." Girard provides freelance copywriting work for clients around the country. He has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of North Carolina.

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