You’ve put lots of time and love into coming up with a great company team building event. The day of the big event arrives, and some knuckle head in your office has decided that her mission is to suck the fun out of your team event. Did you ever stop and wonder what makes some people hate team building activities so much?
In this blog post, we’ve created a few personas to help you understand who the team building haters are and how, despite their best attempts to spoil everyone’s fun, you still might just get through to them!
Wendell takes his job way too seriously. He looks at company team building as time lost from that urgent project. Which is followed by another urgent project. And then another.
There are times when a person really does have to stay behind to “man the fort”, but if you notice a person like Wendell making the same excuse for every event, it might be a good time to pull him aside and explain the importance of nurturing friendships with their colleagues.
Greta just tends to be pissed off at everything. You can give her a raise and a free Caribbean cruise, and she’ll still find a reason to complain. There’s nothing you can do, just grin and bare it! If you can get her to say, “well, the day didn’t totally suck”, you’ve done your job.
Bobby is not in the best of shape and gets nervous about the idea of a highly rigorous physical activity. He has every right to be… he has a history of getting injured doing these kinds of events. Choosing an extreme activity might leave your employees feeling uncomfortable or inured.
Before signing people up for that big mud run in the fall, make sure you have a really clear understanding of who is on your team when choosing a team building event.
Quiresh the Quitter
Team building events are actually a pretty good way to find out who isn’t “on the bus”. Quiresh already has one foot out the door and is secretly interviewing with other companies. If you have a person who has emotionally checked out, they are unlikely to want to invest any more time in building relationships with people that will soon be out of their lives.
As a manager, keep a keen eye on the interactions leading up to and during your team activities. You might be able to spot a future ex-employee and have more time to build out the contingency plan for their departure.
Enya the Entitled
Enya is a smart gal, but she doesn’t feel that anything your company does is good enough. Her boss is an idiot, her colleagues are idiots, and she even thinks that you’re an idiot for trying to plan something fun. It’s like having a moody, know-it-all teenager on the employee roster!
All you can do with Enya is hope that she transcends her feelings of entitlement for the day and has a great time relaxing with her co-workers. .
Audie just hasn’t found a way to fit in at the company. He is brilliant and a hard worker, but he feels embarrassed, socially awkward, and uncomfortable with his co-workers. It’s important to go out of your way to make sure Audie is partnered up with a welcoming team of folks and is able to break the ice.
People like Audie are really what company team building is all about. You get shy people out of their shell and feel like they’re part of the bigger team.
When it comes to your team building haters, you just have to remember that 95% of your employees are going to be grateful for all of the effort you put into the day. When you plan team activities, you are laying the groundwork for a great recruiting program, investing in retaining your best employees, and bringing happiness to your friends at work.
Stick it out, it’s always going to be worth it!