Team-Building Activities Foster Trust Between Employees and Leaders
According to Gallup’s global database, one in three employees strongly agree that they do not trust their organization’s leadership. This lack of trust can often cause employees to pursue an early exit strategy from the organization. After all, who wants to work in a company with poor leadership qualities?
Fortunately, team-building activities can be an excellent way to build trust between employees and leaders. When leaders cultivate a more trusting work environment, employees tend to be more productive and efficient. Team-building activities that get leaders to model and hone an open dialogue are a great start. Employees mustn’t feel like they’ll be punished or humiliated when speaking up with questions, ideas, concerns, and even when mistakes are made.
While getting leaders to have an open dialogue may make some feel vulnerable, it’s a risk that is well worth exploring. An open discussion must begin from the top so that they can inspire their teammates with openness.
Several team-building activities can get leaders to step out of their shells and help build employee trust. For instance, puzzle and solution games force everyone to step up their teamwork game.
Intense problem-solving games such as Office Escape aren’t just mentally stimulating; the game also uses the science of synergy. Synergy means that the whole is greater than the simple sum of its parts. In other words, success doesn’t just come about because of the leader; everyone involved plays an important role.
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado recently took part in an AdVenture Games, Inc. team-building experience — Office Escape. Office Escape forces participants to race against time to escape the office. Besides being a super-fun and interactive activity, it also engages skills such as:
- Thinking as a team,
- Interpersonal communication
- Collaboration under pressure,
- Swift problem solving
- Engaged creative thought
The goal of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office was to create an open dialogue amongst the leaders and employees. Here’s what they had to say.
“Thank you so much! Chris was absolutely amazing. From the moment he arrived, he was bubbly, outgoing, super polite, and has the best personality. He arrived early to set up everything and go over all the details with us.”
- The group did a fantastic job, and everyone worked together as a team. The Goals were met.
- We could not have asked for a better person. I wished he was a part of our team. You are lucky to have Chris!
- Your program is perfect, and everyone truly loved it. We have had nothing but positive feedback from our employees.
- The intro that Chris did was by far the best. Everyone believed he was super nervous, scared, not prepared. We had so many people say, “Man- He just needs to take a breath, he needs to start over, etc.”
Set Your Teams and Leaders Up for Success
Would you like to learn more about how our team-building activities can encourage a more trusting work environment? Take the first steps by calling us at 866-587-2125 or request a quote online. Adventure Games, Inc. has helped countless organizations build stronger, more efficient, and productive teams since 2005.
Gallup source: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/258197/why-leaders-employees-trust-don.aspx