A team without trust really isn’t a team. And when your employees fail to act as a team, it can affect your business and your customers/clients. Information may not be shared, employees may butt heads and battle over responsibilities, and tasks may not get done. Yikes! Fortunately, there is something you can do.
The Importance of Trust
Trust is defined as a “reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” In layman’s terms, trust is one person’s confidence in another. Can your employees rely on one another? Can they trust one another? If not, how do you change your corporate culture? Trust is essential to an effective team, an effective business. Without trust, there will undoubtedly be less collaboration, less innovation, less creativity, and far less productivity.
“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.” – Frank Crane
Unfortunately, you can’t force people to trust each other. That is just not how trust works. But you can put people in situations where they will learn to trust each other. This is where team building can help.
Building Trust through Team Building
One way to build trust is to put your employees in situations where they are forced out of their comfort zone and made to interact with employees they otherwise would not associate with. In business, like in high school, cliques can form and, sometimes inadvertently, isolate certain staff members. When this happens, communication and trust are definitely compromised. Fortunately, team building can help break down barriers and get your employees to start trusting one another by putting them in situations that encourage them to interact, problem solve, and share ideas in order to achieve a specific goal. This will help improve communication and cohesiveness, and ultimately build trust. Exercises to Build Trust: The key to trust exercises is that team members must communicate clearly and there must be a consequence to failure or people will not take it seriously.
- Example 1) Trust Walk: Participants are asked to walk while blindfolded with their partner giving only verbal instructions to the blindfolded person. After some distance with a few turns and obstacles, switch places.
- Example 2) Mousetrap: Participants are put into small groups and teammates must verbally instruct team members how to place their hand on a live mousetrap while blindfolded. It helps to first show people how to do this when not blindfolded.
Team Building with Terrapin Adventures
Through our highly rated team building experiences your entire group will increase their ability to problem solve, think creatively and collaborate with one another. Our Team Building Programs will help your group learn more about themselves and how to work better as a team. We service Maryland and Washington, D.C., and have traveled to other states as well, inside or outside.
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