Team Building Activities

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1. Do you believe that team-building activities such as mountain climbing increase productivity? Why or why not? What other factors might be responsible for increases in profitability following a corporate retreat? I believe that team-building activities such as mountain climbing or trust-building exercises can motivate employees to increase their productivity as a whole. The reason is that colleagues can build trust, promote communications, and alleviate workplace conflicts through team-building activities. Productivity is one of the essential factors for companies to achieve business success (Adler, 2003). In order to achieve productivity, colleagues have to set a common goal, share their information, and reach results faster. Because team-building activities create an environment for colleagues to collaborate with one another, colleagues must work together to strive for a temporary retreat goal. During these events, it is imperative that team-building activities give employees a channel to improve interpersonal relationships, inter-departmental communications, and productivity. Most importantly, company employees must know the importance of team-building activities and then these activities can help employees build a greater cohesion, problem-solving skills, and decision-making methods which result in better teamwork and overall productivity. Based on team-building activities, colleagues can work better than before. Following a corporate retreat, company employees not only can build a strong connection among company employees but also create innovations. For example, when developing new products, teams require creative ideas. Through the process of team building activities, team members can generate different perspectives and then decide the most innovative outcome. With the success of the innovative outcome, companies differentiate their products from their competitors and benefit from the profit. As Merianne Liteman, a professional corporate retreat...