How does team building impact employee morale?

16 March 2023

How does team building impact employee morale?

Employee morale is vital for workplace success, impacting job satisfaction, motivation, and productivity.

Over the years, New Forest Activities have worked with many businesses looking to boost employee morale through team building activities.

Throughout this article, we will look at how morale affects the workplace, the impact team building can have on morale and the benefits of investing in improving team morale within your business.

How does morale affect the workplace?

Low employee morale leads to decreased engagement and higher turnover of staff, causing recruitment and training costs. It also negatively affects physical health, leading to absenteeism and reduced productivity.

In contrast, high morale results in a positive work environment with motivated employees, increasing job satisfaction, retention rates, and business success.

Companies that invest in team building activities improve morale and promote employee engagement, leading to better outcomes such as improved productivity, a strong team, and less employee stress. Get employee satisfaction right, and you'll have the recipe for a successful business.

What are the leading causes of low team morale?

Many factors can cause low team morale. However, in our experience working on team building programs, we see these common factors affecting morale and job satisfaction.

  • Lack of recognition or appreciation: Employees who feel undervalued or unappreciated may become disengaged and experience low morale.
  • Poor communication: Communication breakdowns between management and employees or among team members can lead to misunderstandings and frustration.
  • Unclear expectations or goals: When employees are unclear about their job responsibilities or the company's goals, they may feel disoriented and unproductive.
  • Work overload or burnout: Employees who are overworked or feel burnt out may become disengaged and experience low morale.
  • Working from home: Remote work can lead to feelings of isolation, disconnection from colleagues, and difficulty separating work and home life, leading to low morale.
  • The pandemic: The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented levels of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety, leading to decreased morale for many employees.

The impact of team building on employee morale

Team building activities can significantly impact employee morale in the workplace. Employees can interact with their colleagues in a relaxed, non-work environment by engaging in a team building event. This leads to increased trust among team members, improved communication, and strengthened relationships.

Employees who feel more connected to their colleagues are more likely to be engaged and motivated at work, leading to increased productivity and better performance.

Also, team building activities often require employees to work together and collaborate to achieve a common goal, which can foster a sense of teamwork and a shared sense of purpose. Team building activities can also help break down barriers between employees and create a more inclusive workplace environment.

By participating in activities together, employees can learn more about each other's strengths, weaknesses, and work styles, which can help them understand and appreciate each other's contributions to the team.

Team building events with New Forest Activities
Team building events with New Forest Activities

Benefits of improved employee morale

The benefits of team building on your business are significant. First, you'll be able to help your team improve the company culture and eliminate the problems causing lower morale.

Improving employee morale can have numerous benefits for a company, including:

  1. Increased productivity: Employees who are satisfied with their jobs and motivated to perform are more productive, leading to improved business outcomes.
  2. Better customer service: Employees with high morale are more likely to provide excellent customer service, increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty.
  3. Reduced turnover: Improved employee morale leads to lower turnover rates, reducing recruitment and training costs.
  4. Enhanced teamwork: Employees who feel motivated and engaged are more likely to work collaboratively and effectively as a team.
  5. Improved creativity and innovation: A positive workplace environment encourages employees to think creatively and develop innovative ideas, leading to better problem-solving and increased competitiveness.
  6. Increased job satisfaction: Employees who feel valued and appreciated are likelier to enjoy their work and experience higher job satisfaction.
  7. Better employee health and well-being: Improved employee morale can decrease stress, burnout, and physical health issues, leading to reduced absenteeism and better overall health and well-being.

Team building ideas for improving employee morale

Thankfully, there are many ways you can have a positive impact on employee morale and help employees feel appreciated. The primary purpose of team building is to help teams build trust and improve how your team works together.

The additional benefits can include improved leadership, increased employee wellness, and bringing people together; this is significant when you have remote teams.

Team Outings

Team building isn't just about trust-building exercises; it can be fun activities to get people away from the office and get to know each other outside of the work environment. Something relaxing like canoeing on the Beaulieu River or a fun game of BattleZone laser tag is excellent for helping the team blow off steam and relax. Often in a more relaxed environment, people see a different side of their colleagues and understand each other better.

Wellness activities

Offer wellness activities such as yoga, meditation, or mindfulness sessions. These activities can help employees feel supported and improve their mental and physical health.

Recognition and appreciation

Organise regular recognition events, such as employee of the month awards or team celebrations, to show employees their hard work and contributions are valued and appreciated. This can help boost morale and create a positive workplace culture.

Team Building Events

A more organised and structured team building event can bring workers together and be tailored to suit business goals. Activities can be used as ice breakers while people are removed from their comfort zones and build new relationships. This also enables business owners to share information about the company and refocus teams to an aligned goal.

If you want to improve team morale and create a better working environment for your business, ask us about our team building events.