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Team building events - why bother?

The COVID-19 pandemic might seem like it's in the distance a whole 4 years go now, but there is no doubt we are starting to see the longer term impacts on businesses who are struggling as a result, affecting not just the business, but your team, your staff and you TODAY.

Many companies had to transition to remote work due to lockdowns and social distancing measures, many of which are still trying to make work. Some have adopted it forever and some are working a hybrid environment which can be challenging for teams that are used to working in an office environment full time for a number of reasons.

  1. It can be more difficult to communicate and collaborate effectively when team members are not in the same physical location.

  2. The pandemic caused increased stress and anxiety for many people, which can affect their ability to work effectively. While we are many years on now, the lasting effects it's had on huge sections of the workforce are apparent and a lot of people are still struggling with their mental health.

  3. Changes in business operations: It also caused disruptions to supply chains and customer demand, which can lead to changes in business operations that can be challenging for teams to adapt to.

  4. Economic uncertainty: The economic impacts of the pandemic have created uncertainty for many businesses, which can be stressful for teams, but also with the more recent cost of living crisis, the instability is playing havoc with us all.

At Dixie Dot we are seeing a very definite rise in the requests for team building, work get togethers, or even team meetings held off site, over a table of pottery painters.

These types of events can have a number of benefits for teams and organisations, including:

  1. Team building or bonding events can help to improve communication within a team. When team members have the opportunity to get to know each other in a more relaxed setting, it can help to build trust and understanding, which can lead to better communication and collaboration. People can talk while they paint and, due to the nature of that, are likely to be more open with what they say and, crucially, what they hear.

  2. Increased motivation and morale: When team members feel connected to one another and their work, they are more likely to be motivated and engaged. Team building events can help to forge a positive work culture and boost morale, which in turn make for happy staff, happier business and happier customers!

  3. When team members feel comfortable and trust one another, they are more likely to be open to new ideas and approaches. This can lead to greater innovation and creativity within the team. Got a problem that needs solving? Answer it over a paint brush. Its funny that something you've been wrestling with for a little while can be solved in no time when you are doing something else entirely!

  4. Ultimately, the goal of these events is to improve team performance. When teams are able to work together effectively, communicate well, and solve problems, they are better equipped to handle challenges and achieve success. It's a great investment in both your staff and your business.

We are happy to assist you with this either on site or off, or at our 40 seater studio in Gloucestershire, just a few minutes from the M5 motorway for easy access from Bristol, Worcester and the surrounding areas. We are happy to host these sessions at any time including on days when we are not advertised as open to the public. We can, with minimum numbers, offer you exclusive use of the studio so that your business is kept private and confidential.

You are welcome to arrange caterers if you wish - or even order Pizza from our neighbours, and we sell a range of hot and cold drinks, and snack too if that's what you fancy.

Whatever you need please do get in touch and let us know and we'll happily plan you event with you.

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