People tend to have a more innovative approach when they are around people they are comfortable with. Allowing yourself to explore an unfamiliar path requires feeling emotionally safe and at ease with the people you are going to make that trip with. So, successful team building events not only bring people closer together but they also lead to more successful and creative workplace environments.
According to the latest findings in the theory of motivation (Self Determination Theory – Richard Ryan and Edward Deci), there are three fundamental human needs: autonomy, competence and relatedness. Relatedness – the need to connect and have a feeling of belonging – is therefore an esential ingredient in raising the level of engagement and performance.
Having a better understanding of each other and encouraging empathy in a group will lead to a better approach of each other’s strenghts and weaknesses by raising the level of tolerance people have to the way they perceive their colleagues to be different. These differences then become just another perk they get to translate in better teamwork and better results.