5 Top Team Building Activities for Your AP Department to Thrive
Team building is an essential part of ensuring that there is a harmonious relationship between colleagues at work as it has been shown to increase productivity and efficiency in the office. Around 10 years ago, nearly every business was jumping on the team building band wagon in a bid to encourage their staff members to bond and strike up a firmer rapport and today’s society continues to promote activities that contribute to bringing members of the same department closer together. It’s an excellent way for them to learn to delegate correctly, feel more at ease doing so, and also helps them learn to better rely on and trust those around them to work towards the same goals.
It’s likely that at some point you have considered implementing team building activities into your team’s schedule but maybe just haven’t got around to it yet, so here are five fantastic options that you can organise to ensure that the members of your accounts payable department are happy and motivated to succeed with a newfound passion for their daily tasks!
1. Organise a Team Building Lunch
Whilst not exactly a vigorous activity, an informal lunch at a local eatery is a great way to set the scene for your accounts payable team to be able to brainstorm or exchange ideas, free of the pressure of the office. You could even draw up a seating plan to ensure that certain people sit together. Another option is to introduce a fun game where after each course, everyone must move places and exchange ideas with someone else. An informal afternoon lunch has proven to be highly effective at boosting morale as well as providing the perfect setting for new team members to get to know their peers.
2. A Cryptic Treasure Hunt
There is nothing better for the soul then a day spent in nature. A lot of companies have had great success using hiking as a team building exercise, but you can easily take it one step further to make it fun AND productive. Arrange a treasure hunt where colleagues need to pair up and work together to solve cryptic clues to reveal the treasure. From an employer’s point of view, this is the perfect opportunity to gain a true insight into which employees work best with others and how everyone performs as part of a team.
3. A Company Retreat or Day Workshop
Team building activities will be most successful when the participants do not have the underlying feeling that at the end of the activity they still need to go back and deal with the challenges that lie on their desks. Ideally, a company should look to dedicate an entire working day or even better, two days, to team building activities. This ensures the perfect balance of learning and fun without the pressure of having to switch back into work mode that same day.
4. Hire an Interactive Motivational Speaker
Whilst the idea of sitting in a chair listening to someone speak for hours doesn’t exactly bring about a feeling of excitement, bringing a motivational speaker in can be an excellent way of enabling your employees to relate to challenges and, more importantly, learn how to overcome them. A good motivational speaker should be able to inject an element of humor and interactive exercises along with specific knowledge on the industry in question. Try to plan the day so that there is time for an optional Q & A session at the end where employees have the opportunity to ask specific questions and advice from the speaker to further learn how to deal with particular situations in the work place.
5. Bring in a Business Coach
Many people prefer to voice their concerns and personal challenges in private, so if your company has the budget for it, you could consider hiring a business coach to come in and speak to employees individually. Remember that an individual’s performance at work will most likely be influenced by personal hurdles they are experiencing and providing your employees with a safe space to voice their challenges and then receive personalised advice to overcome them, is invaluable to ensuring that everyone is performing optimally at work and feels valued and supported by the company.
Times have moved on in the business world and many of us are fortunate enough to be able to choose a career and workplace that we really enjoy. A company who puts their employees first is without a doubt going to have higher retention rates and a more harmonious office environment.
If you have a small business and don’t have the budget to organise an extravagant team building activity, then you could still consider implementing smaller perks like “Dress Down Friday” or an in-house coffee & donut afternoon once a week, for example.
A good boss should always make it clear to their employees that their office door is open for anyone who needs advice, or to express issues or concerns they might have. If you don’t already do this, try it and watch for the morale in your department increase!