The TIGERS Success Series 2012 Study of Global HR Professionals presents the findings of 2,830 HR professionals regarding the impacts and value of workplace ‘teambuilding’ in 2012.

With news about ethical lapses in organizations all too frequent, and as many businesses struggle with employee morale and retention, now is a good time to consider the importance and impact of team building in the 2012 workplace.

The work team-culture development firm TIGERS Success Series set out to discern the impact team building has on the behavior, attitudes, needs and preferences of Human Resources executives across the globe.

The findings suggest that the larger the organization is, team harmony decreases and with this decrease comes less organizational will to correct it.

 “This gave us considerable insight into how larger organizations with over 1000 employees will fair in the coming years as more team savvy Gen Y employees enter the workforce,” said TIGERS Founder, Dianne Crampton.

“It also gives us insight into what size of organizations that talented employees that value harmony and team work will feel most comfortable in as efforts are extended to attract and retain them,” Crampton added.

Introducing this Research

A survey was launched on Linked In during January 2012 and ran through May 2012. 2,830 HR professionals responded to the survey, providing valuable insight into the behavior, attitudes, needs and preferences of workplace teambuilding. The findings produced rich information and examine how the concept of teambuilding varies among organizations of differing size, location and ethos.

The survey reach was global with 59% of respondents fromNorth America; 19% fromEurope; 15% fromAsia; 4% fromAustralasia; 2% fromAfricaand 1% fromSouth America. Of theNorth Americaresponses, 54% were from theUnited States. The survey reach, however was immense and stretched fromBrooklyntoBangaloreandVietnamtoVenezuelaand totaled 101 countries. 

Respondents were employed by different sized organizations, ranging from those with under 10 employees, to – more frequently – more than 1,000. 

Key Findings 

● HR professionals are most likely to regard their team development role as

an over-arching one, which assists all of the teams within their organization to find ways to improve their cohesiveness and productivity. 

● There is a current feeling that while many teams are perceived as working

above the mid-point on a 1-10 scale of harmonious performance – with an average score of 6.82 – few are working in total harmony. Just 4% of HR professionals awarded their team the maximum, and perfect, score of 10. 

● The average harmony score of 6.82 is similar across continents. This suggests that it is less about the country of origin which influences team building, and much more about leadership and organizational culture. 

● What does influence harmony is organization size. There is a consistent trend that the larger the organization, the lower the self-attributed harmony score. This suggests that smaller organizations – in general terms – have more harmoniously working teams than their larger counterparts. 

● To achieve harmony, two fundamental values are important. The values are trust and effective communication. These values are consistent across organizations of all sizes and locations and are perceived to be clear drivers for team building. 

Survey Percentages

All percentages have been calculated excluding missing responses. Percentages have also been rounded and, therefore, may not total exactly 100. The response rate was 77%.

Download the full report 2012 Team Building Report-2012