When people hear the word “team,” the first thing that probably pops into their mind is football, baseball or another favorite sport. But teams and teamwork are a critical part of daily work life. Team building has many benefits, from cultivating communication to enhancing trust to improving company morale. Studies show that 75 percent of employers rate teamwork as “very important.” These team-building tips—and team-building gift ideas—can help your employees work more effectively to help you boost your business.
Custom apparel is a fitting team-building gift idea
Custom workwear provides many benefits, from helping people feel like part of the team to making employees easily identifiable to customers.
And Hanes® 50/50 ComfortBlend® T-Shirts are ideal corporate team-building gifts for your company picnic or a night out at a sporting event.
Communication and collaboration are key
When it comes to teamwork, communication is critical. In fact, 85 percent of workplace failures have been attributed to ineffective communication or a lack of collaboration.
On the contrary, good communication at work increases productivity, boosts engagement and improves employee satisfaction.
Use fun team-building gift ideas to help remind everyone about the importance of teamwork and good communication—and also that they should reach out to their team members when necessary.
The Organizer Foam Puzzle Cube – House helps keep office supplies organized while providing a good reminder of how everyone on the team helps build business.
Offer everyone a Duo Charging Cable with Phone Stand and use it to tell people that picking up the phone to collaborate is often the best way to solve problems.
Friendships can boost productivity
Building friendships in the workplace leads to more than just a welcoming office—it also builds a better workplace. One survey showed that 75 percent of employees with a best friend at work feel like they’re able to take on anything.
There are several ways to encourage employees to get to know one another socially, including holding off-site gatherings and in-office lunches. Or you can build social breaks into long office meetings.
Hold an in-office game day, where people can use the 7-in-1 Traditional Game Set to play dominoes, backgammon, checkers, chess or card games. Create two-person teams for the Bean Bag Toss Game. Associates will have fun with the Giant Tumble Tower Game—which is like Jenga®, but much larger.
Milestone and achievement celebrations are good for morale
Provide encouragement by celebrating your team’s work. No matter what that achievement might be—meeting deadlines, finishing a major project or beating production goals—recognizing your employees’ hard work as often as possible will benefit your organization. Studies have shown that 75 percent of employees recognized by their manager at least once a month report being satisfied with their job.
Recognize everyone on the team with corporate team-building gifts. A Back Scratcher with Shoe Horn reminds people to give themselves a pat on the back for a job well done. A Grow Your Own Kit – Salsa lets them know that teams come together to create amazing things.
Or give everyone a Repair Tool Set with Carabiner to drive home the message that together, you can build anything.
Better teamwork makes a better business
Great teamwork is often the result of great team building. When you take the opportunity to get to know one another, remind teams of the importance of communication, and implement some team-building gift ideas, you can help your employees truly come together. If you’re looking for even more team-building ideas, check out our Blue Paper on boosting team spirit with team-building gifts.