Do you know why team building is an important growth opportunity for businesses everywhere? Team-building exercises build a stronger unit of employees and offer many benefits for businesses. The structure typically allows employees to learn from others on their team, and helps them develop new skills. It also proves to your employees that you care. In fact, Sixty-nine percent of employees say that they would work harder if they felt appreciated (Source: Smarp.) Great leaders always invest in their employees' professional growth.
Activities are primarily designed to help improve communication for the team. Communication is key to the success of any relationship, and that definitely includes business.
In recent surveys, poor communication caused increased stress levels (52 percent of respondents), delays or failures to complete projects (44 percent), low company morale (31 percent), missed performance goals (25 percent), and lost sales (18 percent), according to a survey of U.S.-based executives. (Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit). Eighty-six percent of corporate executives, employees, and educators say that ineffective communication is a key reason for workplace failures. (Source: Salesforce)
Other areas that are positively affected by team-building programs are increased employee motivation, collaboration and improved trust and respect among employees.
There are many different and successful options for team-building in the world today, but few have the opportunity to work with a living breathing being that can give your team immediate biofeedback. This is why horses are a unique approach to the team-building world.
Horses, because they naturally exist in groups called herds, pick up on body language, energy, emotion, stress, and more. In this way, they are able to provide the team opportunities to reflect on their activity goals, communication, strategies, and improve performance. This encourages constructive change within the group and can foster better relationships within the workplace. Better relationships create a culture of trust and respect, and help prevent errors or accidents.
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Janna Griggs is the Executive Director of Saving Grace Farm, a non-profit organization in Salisbury, NC. Janna has a BA in Therapeutic Horsemanship and Business Administration from St. Andrew's University in NC. She has been working with horses for almost 30 years and has been a leader in the business world for more than 12 years. She has worked with business coaches and consulting firms throughout her career. She and her team offer The Equine Assisted Method (T.E.A.M.) Workshops for Businesses.