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How to Team Build Without Wasting Employee Time

By: Justin Kaufman

By Justin KaufmanPublished 2 years ago 4 min read
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Team building is crucial to any business. But we have all heard the stories about team building exercises that wound up being a huge waste of time. If anything, it drove the team and management further apart.

But there are a few ways in which to focus on team building without it feeling like a waste of employee time. Here are a few of the most effective ways.

GARNER FEEDBACK

The first step is to find out about how the current environment is working. Ask team members what they like, what they don’t, what they would change, and more. Getting that feedback can set the foundation for team building.

One of the biggest mistakes organizations make is simply enacting change and not taking the team into consideration. This leads to push back, which ultimately leads to wasted time that could have been better used.

KEEP IT SHORT

For the most part, team members all have things that they need to get done over the course of a given day. It can feel like a waste of time to pull them out and have them sit around doing team building activities when there is work to do.

Which means keeping activities short and sweet. Focus on building the team over time with short activities. It means less of a chance of the information or experiences being forgotten while also not keeping them from the busy work day.

KEEP IT STRAIGHTFORWARD

Another major mistake that organizations make with team building exercises is that they go for something cheesy thinking it will be fun. In reality, employees roll their eyes at it and everything becomes a huge waste of time.

Keep things simple and straightforward. Don’t create goofy games that take away from the message at hand. Focus on keeping the team members working towards better communication and understanding because that is the important message. Taking the focus away with weird or cheesy games just gives them memories of something that they don’t care for.

Justin Kaufman is a well-known and successful businessman in El Paso, Texas. He is known for his passion for fitness and his involvement in building a healthy community. As an entrepreneur, he played a significant role in the East Side of El Paso's commercial success. He values the importance of persistence and determination, and he hopes to inspire others through his personal experiences. As a child, his parents instilled a work ethic and a strong work culture in him. After graduating from high school, he moved to Texas Tech University to study Criminal Justice.

While he was still in school, Justin pursued his second passion, sports. He started his athletic career as a competitive athlete. He excelled in college and eventually found his passion for fitness after graduating. Aside from running a successful fitness business, Justin is also a serial entrepreneur. His first venture was the Back 9 Lounge and Bar, which was a project that helped launch his empire. He carried out extensive due diligence on every aspect of running a bar. He chose the East Side of El Paso's ’36’ zip code as the location of his establishment, and he vowed to turn it into a thriving destination hub.

He initially focused his attention on the West Side of El Paso, which was the busiest area of town. After establishing his establishment, Back 9, he became the city's number one bar and lounge. He also contributed to the East Side's commercial success by launching multiple community initiatives.

After becoming a gym owner, Justin discovered that there was a need for a better all-in-one beverage that could help improve recovery after an exercise. He then learned that the main reason why competitive drinks didn't contain protein was because it was expensive. His goal was to create a product that could provide a variety of nutrients and electrolytes, such as protein, along with a unique blend of carbon dioxide and water. His recovery drink, Ratio Repair, has 10g of protein, and it contains various nutrients and electrolytes, such as acetylsalicylic acid, hydrolysate, and amino acids. The other products in his line, which are geared toward enhancing hydration and functionality, are focused on muscle restoration and vitamin and mineral supplementation.

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