Motoza Team Building ExcercisesIt is important for the employees working in a business to trust each other and communicate effectively with each other so that they can become a more cohesive group. One way of accomplishing this is through team building activities. The three team building activities described below are just some of the many exercises that business can utilize to encourage trust and communication between employees.

The “Two Truths and One Lie” Game

This activity is a great way for employees to get to know each other while having a lot of fun in the process. The game starts out with everyone in the group writing down two truths about themselves and one lie on a piece of paper. The next step is to then go around the room and have each person read their three statements out loud to the group. The group will then vote on which of the three statements they believe is the lie. The employee who gets the least number of votes for their “lie” statement wins the game. This game can get hilarious and employees think it’s a lot of fun. Even though the object of the game is to lie to your co-workers, the activity results in employees learning a lot about their fellow employees.

The Classification Game

This activity is a great way to show employees that labeling or stereotyping people is not always accurate or very useful. The participants should be first split into teams of four members. The exercise starts out with the participants introducing themselves to the group and providing a quick overview of their various likes and dislikes. Following the introductions, the teams will be told that the goal of the activity is to decide how they should classify themselves – as a team and then into two or three sub-groups by utilizing only positive and nondiscriminatory criteria or methods. Examples of these subgroups could be people who prefer steak and people who prefer chicken, or people who like vanilla ice-cream and people who prefer chocolate ice-cream. This activity encourages employees to get to know each other in detail so that they better understand all of the attributes and characteristics of each member within the team.

The Sneak a Peek Game

This activity is a lot of fun and can become pretty funny at times. This is basically a problem solving activity that requires the use of children’s building blocks, Legos, or something similar. The activity’s facilitator will construct a small sculpture or pattern with the building blocks and then place it so that the participants cannot see it. The participants will then be divided into teams of four. The participants will be given enough blocks so that they can duplicate the sculpture or pattern that the facilitator has created with blocks. Next, one team member from each group will approach the facilitator and be allowed to view the sculpture for 10 seconds and attempt to memorize the pattern before they rejoin their team. Upon returning to their teams, they will have 25 seconds to verbally instruct their other team members how to duplicate the block sculpture/pattern with the group’s blocks. After the team has attempted to duplicate the sculpture for one minute, a different member from each team will get a chance to come and look at the facilitator’s sculpture and try to instruct their team how to duplicate it. Each group member should get a turn and go around though the rotation until a team successfully recreates the exact pattern of the facilitator’s sculpture. The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate how important it is to communicate clearly and effectively when dealing with other people and in a group setting.

5 traits of great bossesWhether you’ve just entered the workforce or have been working for quite some time, you have probably encountered great bosses and not-so-great bosses. You may already know if which type you have, but there are definitely some traits that are commonly seen in awesome bosses.

Almost certainly, a person’s actions and attitude, and not their resume, define whether they make great bosses or not.

Great bosses typically exhibit the following five traits/behaviors:

1. Mentors and provides growth opportunities – Great bosses provide their employees with mentoring, training, and opportunities to learn new knowledge and skills. Employees really notice and appreciate when bosses do this because they are able to see and track their own improvements, progress toward goals, achievement, and professional/personal development. High performance and high performing employees are a byproduct of the time and effort spent mentoring and developing employees. Bottom line, Great bosses want their employees to succeed and help them to do so.

2. Provides continuous constructive feedback – Great bosses make a point of regularly making employees feel appreciated, while also providing them with regular constructive feedback. This allows employees to know what they are doing well, how they could perform better in some areas, and areas where they need to significantly improve and focus their effort. Recognizing and acknowledging employee’s performance and accomplishments is an important part of keeping up both employee and team morale. There shouldn’t be any surprises during performance review time that could have been corrected through regular feedback.

3. Addresses problems promptly – By knowing what is going on in their department, great bosses address problems as quickly as possible. Problems that go unaddressed can destroy morale and eventually create feelings of resentment among employees. Additionally, problems, no matter how small, don’t disappear by themselves. Instead, they become larger obstacles to face, and employees who witness a boss ignoring a problem usually begin to lose respect for the boss, which makes it very hard for the boss to effectively lead.

4. Communicates effectively with employees – Great bosses keep their employees informed of industry and internal currents events, and what they should expect to happen in the near future. They recognize that a company is an investment for everyone involved, including employees who invest their time and effort. The more informed the boss keeps the employees, the easier it is for the employees to effectively support the goals and objectives of the boss and the company.

5. Shows compassion and understanding towards employees – Great bosses recognize that employees face the same issues and themselves. They want to provide for their families, and build a strong career for themselves. They’re aware that things can happen in people’s personal lives that can affect their attendance and performance. Sometimes issues arise in employees’ personal lives that need to take priority, and great bosses understand that there are things that are more important than work. A great boss doesn’t see his employees as a ‘means to the end’, in fact, he seems them as investors and stakeholders in his company. 

Throughout your working career, you will encounter both great and terrible bosses, or maybe you’ll be one yourself. Most great leaders weren’t born overnight and have to work hard to earn the trust and respect of their employees. If you’re in a leadership role, you have the unique opportunity to change employees’ perspective, work ethic, motivation, and drive to succeed. Believe it or not, employees with great bosses want to make the boss look good and just might go out of their way to do so. Bottom line, respected leadership can make or break a company since great bosses attract great employees.