3 Peaks, No Troughs: Why team building is the key to a happy and successful organisation

Justyn Randall

Thursday, 23 May 2019

When you lead a business or are responsible for any team, you’re often told how important it is that you focus on performance and continuous improvement.

Whilst I totally agree, I have seen the greatest successes when I’ve placed an equal focus on driving positive and social working cultures, as well as performance.

A strong team culture helps improve everything from communication and collaboration to performance and innovation, and ultimately builds trust and happiness throughout your team, or teams.

Team building events are essential if you want better team relations because it is all about the most important asset of your business – your employees.

Whether you are a global-facing team or a local team of five, taking an entire day away from the office instinctively feels impossible. The cost and the missed work time might seem like a lavish expense and one you can do without.

But in reality, team building exercises are anything but a cost and are something you can’t do without. They are vital to building happy, inclusive and trusting cultures; and this is a particularly important point for schools struggling with staff retention.

Last year, TES reported that 3 in 5 teachers feel lonely at work. This was put down to a lack of meaningful social connections among staff in the education sector. A total of 67% of over 4,000 people surveyed by The British Red Cross said they often felt completely alone when surrounded by colleagues, and 26% said they had no strategies for coping with their loneliness.

Aside from being fun and a great excuse to be together, team building events have clear personal benefits that actively counteract isolation and loneliness. The most obvious benefit is that it encourages employees to get to know each other outside of work. It’s one thing to sit in the classroom next to someone for 40+ hours a week. It’s another thing to chat with them casually and see them in a non-work setting.

When most of our ‘awake’ time is spent at work, it cannot continue to be ignored that we must take proactive steps to bring the people we are responsible for together, whilst making them feel more valued, supported and happy.

Recently, Team Opogo began training for our next big team-building exercise, The 3 Peaks Challenge, that we are completing in 24hrs to benefit the incredible children’s mental health charity Place2Be.

And whilst training is underway, I am taking a moment to reflect on just how rewarding it is to see the team pulling together and motivating each other and can’t help but think how vital it is that more organisations in the education sector do the same.

To sponsor our efforts and follow our training, follow hashtag #Opogo3peaks and follow this link: SPONSOR US :-)

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About the CEO

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Justyn Randall

CEO  |  Founder

With extensive experience and strategic skill in building leading global marketing businesses across multiple sectors, Justyn is the CEO and founder of Opogo.

From his deep understanding of the industry and its challenges, Justyn launched Opogo with the prime motivation of transforming the experience of educators within the industry.

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