The company I recently I started working for is doing quite well and from next year we’re doing the team-building thing. I’ve done it before at previous companies and I just don’t see the point.
Take paint-ball for example, as that’s always on the team-building agenda. You split your staff into teams and then they shoot each other. Well, where’s the building? It can and as Murphy usually has it, does happen that your mates are your opposition, and feelings can genuinely be hurt - but even if you hate everyone you work with and are buying your own high-compression scoped rifle, how is this team-building? At best, the winning team has built some sense of comraderie… but the losing team? And all the winning team did was beat their colleagues. I feel there are FAR better ways to spend the money, where people will appreciate the money and the effort and the company really would feel closer as a unit.
Is there anything to back up the idea of team-building or is it just a corporate idea that has become engrained and an accepted activity to participate in where the results are never really examined ?