Benefits of Team Building

In the past few years, the term “team building” has gained a major importance, mainly because the business world relies more and more on the productivity and happiness of the employees in order to get the best results! Even if it started off with a few meetings outside the work hours and it ended up with nights out in town, team bonding is an important thing right now in Singapore, and these activities allow the teams in the corporate world to increase their productivity by getting to know each other.

Improves morale

The productivity of any employee lies in his morale, and team bonding does a great job in this regard. A person will always have a high morale if he sees that he is respected by the colleagues and thus he will receive a boost of confidence. This means better results for your business and a more cohesive connection between the employees, a case in which everyone wins!

Increases creativity

Team bonding in Singapore increases the creative process because it encourages people to talk and work together. This allows them to come up with multiple ideas that, in the end, lead to lots of amazing results!

Defines objectives clearly

Clarity is a major benefit that comes from corporate team building activities. Creating a cohesive team will make it much easier to define and assign objectives, because each person knows his/her exact place in the team, and thus everything works a lot better.

Problem solving abilities are improved

With more people, solutions come easier. This is why team bonding activities are a success, because they allow anyone to focus on solutions, thus finding them faster. Solution implementation also comes in a much faster fashion because there are more people on the case this time, which leads to even better results.

Identifies the weaknesses and strengths in a group

It’s very hard to see what’s the problem in a team, unless you have the time to study it. Thanks to the team building activities in Singapore, any business owner will be able to identify and then focus on repairing the issues that have appeared with the team building process. This leads to a better set of solutions that will increase productivity within the company and which will make people work better with others.

In conclusion, team bonding activities are great for the corporate and small business world, as they can bring a wide range of benefits. All you have to do is to focus on holding them in an appropriate place and as often as possible in order to reap the best possible results!

Managing Expectations

Expectations affect the state of our interpersonal relationships, especially in the workplace, where we have differing approaches on how to do the work given as well as different attitudes and opinions on the work itself.

 

How often have you found yourself getting stressed, angry or frustrated because someone has failed to meet your expectations? This seems to be a fairly common situation that most people find themselves in; which raises the question: how do we prevent such situations from happening?

 

Most agree on the idea that having “no expectations” will create an ideal situation where there are no dissapointments, thus, there will also be no feelings of anger and frustration. As logical as that may sound, in the practical aspect of things, is it really possible for one to completely have “no expectations” of anyone or anything? After all, we are only human.

 

Expectations towards others reflects what we want and desire from them and to some extent, also shows that we have enough respect for them to expect a certain level of performance. It is a basic human tendency that drives us to achieve more. Repressing these expectations may not make us as happy as we think because deep down, we still possess that want and desire. The idea of just eliminating expectations feels a tad simplistic and seems to encourage “running away” instead of attempting to solve the problem at its core.

 

An alternative to having “no expectations” is to focus on having realistic expectations of others. By having a realistic view of our world, we can set these expectations by factoring in our past experiences with the person and evaluating the various circumstances surrounding the situation at hand. However, in the case where our expectations are not met, we should also seek to understand and constantly remind ourselves that getting angry or frustrated with a person will only make the situation worse by possibly corroding relationships over something that has already been done.

 

Trying to change something that cannot be is like breaking through concrete with a toothpick, futile at best. Accept that things will not always go your way and try to alleviate the problem by adapting to the situation. Keep in mind that not every problem can be solved, if nothing can be done, just move on to something else. There is no point in holding grudges and beating yourself up for something that is beyond your control.

 

Sometimes, unmet expectations could just be a result of a misunderstanding between what the person thinks you want and what you really want from them. When that happens, we can lessen the disparity by clearly communicating our expectations to each other, agree on a set of realistic expectations and keep to them. Expectations may change over time and it would be a good practice to re-evaluate them together after awhile; there needs to be significant effort from both parties to facilitate good communication.

 

It is only human to have expectations, and just like everything else in life, we have to learn how to manage them and achieve a right balance. While we cannot ensure that our expectations will be met all the time, what we can control is how we choose to act in these situations.

 

How do you manage your expectations? What are your views on this issue? Share your views with us in the comments below.

Office Etiquette

This is a very important component in all working industries, yet some tend to take this lightly.

Let’s have a look at it from this example below.

 

Martin is a Human Resource Manager and has his own cabin. One day, his air conditioner stopped working and he had to sit in an empty desk outside his room, while waiting for the air conditioner to be fixed. That’s when he noticed certain etiquettes of his colleagues.

Colleague A always seemed to be playing with his pen by spinning it or clicking it. Colleague B always arrived late for meetings, be it held in-house or with potential clients. Colleague C loved to chew on the chewing gum and pop them frequently. Colleague D seemed to apologise for every single mistake she did, even for the smallest one like dropping her pencil on the floor.

He then wondered to himself, how it is possible for the rest of the staff to tolerate such distractions and continue to concentrate on their work for the best of the company’s productivity.So he held a meeting, and in his meeting, he mentioned these few pointers:

 

a)    Distractions. Any form of distraction (speech, movement, attire etc.) may tend to irritate any colleagues close by. Therefore you need to minimise the distractions.

b)    Manners. This needs practise. Punctuality, respect to others, courtesy and asking for permission. It’s just a matter of wanting to do it, or not.

c)    Apologising. Every human-being has an ego. It is not wrong to apologise once in a while. Apologise if you know you are clearly in the wrong. If in doubt, apologise anyways. It’s no biggie. But avoid apologising every once in a while for every small details as it may dilute its impact.

 

To be honest, in Martin’s situation it is not as difficult as it may sound. It differs from companies and individuals. Some companies do not emphasize such working etiquette as they trust their employees enough to have respect among themselves. Some companies believe working etiquette needs to be implemented as that is one of the ways to make the companies grow and to avoid any disputes amongst themselves.

There is many branches when it comes to this topic. What do you think? Have you any other pointers to suggest? Leave your comments in the section below.