Teamwork and camaraderie are important components of any thriving organization. Research suggests that promoting diversity and a team-oriented culture can drive innovation, spark creativity, reduce turnover, and improve employee morale.
However, engaging a diverse workforce can be harder than it looks. Everyone comes from a variety of backgrounds and interests, and finding common ground can be difficult. Here are four team building exercises that will challenge your diverse workforce to come together and learn from one another:
There are a ton of personality assessments available on the market. These products can be a fun tool for self-exploration, but can also be eye-opening when it comes to communication in the workplace. Participants will learn how to communicate more effectively and may discover new ways of interacting with their counterparts. Consider hiring a facilitator to complete this exercise with your group. The result is likely to surprise you.
Create Job Shadowing Opportunity
Often, employees will stay in their work bubble and fail to learn about other aspects of the organization. This can hinder progress and harm an employee’s ability to interact with other members of the organization. As a leader, consider sponsoring “job shadowing” days where employees can pair with another member of the organization and learn more about their work demands and habits. This exercise fosters respect which leads to an increase in the company’s overall view of “team”.
Design a Charity Challenge
Philanthropy is a huge part of most organizational goals, so why not use this as a platform for team building? You can sponsor a donation drive and ask employees to work in assigned teams to donate a set amount of items. You can make it a goal-oriented drive, or a competition between departments. Either way, this idea drives excitement and team building and also demonstrates a commitment to helping others.
Sponsor a Party
Another great way to encourage team building and camaraderie is through a fun party day at work. Employees appreciate the opportunity to mingle with their co-workers in a non-work environment. It helps them see the more playful side of their co-workers who may normally be business-oriented all day during work hours. It also shows appreciation for their hard work. Parties can range anywhere from a simple happy hour to more extravagant options like an on-site carnival or themed show.
These are just a few of the many ways you can foster teamwork and camaraderie with a diverse workforce. Team building takes time and planning, but the reward is well worth the effort.