What is team building? There is a lot of discussion about the difference between team building and team bonding. People like to point out that what is seen as team building events in the UK are actually team bonding and that the wrong word is used. Perhaps people in the UK do not like the word ‘bonding’ as it is seen as new age and not dry enough for business.
Techincally team building is the act of taking an existing team and going through an ongoing process of building relationships between them. Social team bonding events may be one of the tools used, as will be personality profiling such as Belbin or MBTI.
Fun team building activities, of the type seen on this blog, are (if you want to be exact) social team bonding activities. The key to their success is that they are enjoyable shared experiences, and this is important not just in work teams but in all human relationships. Enjoyable shared experiences are one of the key drivers of friendship generally.
The work environment can be demanding. It is not always easy to build relationships in the environment people have at work. Therefore it is important to get away to a fresh environment and have a break together.