Corporate leads of today understand the need for training and grooming of their employees in order to keep them abreast with the latest technologies and norms of the fast-paced industries that they are a part of. However, there is another training need that also needs to be given equal importance. This is the need for honing employees’ soft skills such as that of being a better team player, responsible leader, proactive employee and the like.
Periodic training and development of employees not only results in their individual betterment but also contributes towards the company’s overall better performance. Therefore, it is not an option but a need for corporate teams to invest time and money into training their employees.
The training programs too have taken an unconventional route in the present days, where the rigid structured training programs are being replaced by more casual, entertaining and effective programs. Interactive team games have taken centre stage in these training programs which requires employees’ enthusiastic participation and involvement.
Advantages of team games:
Fun and frolic: Team games always point in the direction of fun and entertainment. Boredom has no scope here, unlike in the case of lectures and seminars. Where the environment is friendly and fun, the participants are always enthused and stirred up to give their full attention to the training program.
Team building facilitators: Multiplayer games in any form, always bring the team members together since the goal of each player on the same team is the same and they focus their energy together on the same target, thereby involuntarily building their team spirit. And when the participants of these team games are colleagues then the team spirit that is built while playing these games, is carried back to the work front and help in their performance at work.
Facilitate better understanding: Team games require participants to have a good understanding of each other’s skills, strengths and weaknesses. Teammates depend on each other in the course of the games and thereby get bonded with each other. Team games are a fun way of getting to know each other better and understanding each other well. This understanding ultimately reflects in their combined better performance at office.
Team games have come a long way from being mere entertainers at team parties to being aids for training and development of the employees. More and more corporate event management companies are including team games as an agenda in their team outing packages.