Business coaches and consultants with team building activities have their work cut out for them in today’s corporate culture. Seventy percent (70%) of American employees aren’t working to their full potential and they’re slowing economic growth.

According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace: 2010-2012 report: out of the 70% disengaged employees – another 18% are actively disengaged. These employees are emotionally disconnected from their companies and actively working against their employers’ interests due to loss of productivity, disruption in team work, engagement in harmful activities such as rumor mongering, excessive absences, and driving customers away. Gallup estimates that actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion in lost productivity per year.

Solutions involve instilling  six research-based principles to improve relationships

To combat disengagement in organizations and build a strong, engaged workforce, organizations must instill the principles of trust, interdependence, genuineness, empathy, risk, and success into their culture. These principles are the hallmark and acronyms of TIGERS Success Series. Over the next series of blogs I will be focusing on how to “gain and sustain” harmonious teams through collaborative teamwork based on these six researched-based principles. We will delve into each principle individually to help external consultants as well as internal trainers build a fully engaged workplace culture.

Fortunately for us, a branch of psychology called “positive psychology” is also being embraced by several Fortune 500 companies. ‘Positive psychology’ recognizes and reinforces individual and organizational strengths and today’s team building exercises compliment this very train of thought. Instead of using psychology to analyze and “fix what’s broken”, positive psychology removes fear and instills a sense of well-being.

By combining positive psychology and proven team building tools, HR executives and independent consultants can:

  • Build employee resilience and remove defense barriers
  • Encourage creativity and risk taking without fear of repercussion
  • Teach how to give and receive constructive feedback – not criticism
  • Curb incivility in the workplace
  • Develop a positive, solution-oriented workplace environment
  • Develop an emotionally intelligent workforce
  • Boost an employee’s sense of security and safety in the workplace

Consultant psychologist and Professor Neil Frude states: “Learning to manage your emotional well-being through positive psychology is like teaching a man to fish–a skill that will keep you going for a lifetime.”

With the right team building exercises at their disposal, consultants and business coaches can help organizations turn around a culture of discontented employees. Use your teambuilding activities to

1. Create a team culture where “we” and “us” are the norm

Unfortunately many organizations are ingrained with the notion of “I” instead of “we.” Individual accomplishments are recognized and rewarded especially at the executive suite level. When executives incorporate the word “we” into their vocabulary, employees at all levels feel included and a part of the organization’s success. Michael A. Olguin, president of Formula PR adds, When counseling clients, use terms like “we believe…” or “our recommendations include…. This eliminates an employee’s fear of standing alone and shows that the entire organization is thinking about.”

2. Acknowledge success from the CEO level to employee front lines

The most employee-deflating organizations to work for are those that think great ideas come only from the executive management level. While conversely, the most employee-oriented and progressive organizations encourage input from all levels of the organization. They give credit where credit is due and in turn reap the rewards of high employee morale and low turnover rates. These winning team business cultures have mastered collaborative team work within their organization.

3. Explore the challenges, strengths, and weaknesses of a workplace team or entire organization

Team building exercises such as the TIGERS team wheel game provides a non-threatening environment that encourages engagement and problem solving. Individual strengths, skill sets, and natural talents are revealed to benefit the employee and company as a whole. Powerful team building exercises remove the guesswork and help create team buy-in and commitment for a successful teamwork culture within an organization.

Business coaches and consultants: Expand your team building exercises and join other professionals as a licensed TIGERS facilitator

I am looking for dynamic business coaches, internal and external trainers, facilitators, educators, and leadership consultants who are searching for proven resources and solutions to take their organization or consulting business to the next level. With opportunities to “brainstorm” with like-minded thought leaders, utilize the proven TIGERS Team Wheel and an arsenal of team-building resource tools, the “royalty free” TIGERS Facilitation Certification is the solution for the right candidates. Use proven, research-based resources and assessment tools that reveal behavioral issues, sources of conflict, skill sets, strengths, and weaknesses within a team or organization. If you are a consultant or trainer and fit this scenario, I would like to hear from you.

About TIGERS Success Series

TIGERS Success Series is a team development consultancy based on 6 core principles that anchor high performance team dynamics. These principles are trust, interdependence, genuineness, empathy, risk and success. TIGERS offers licensing and certification to team building trainers and consultants interested in expanding their practice to serve organizational leaders from the break room to the boardroom. .Learn more.