Developing Teams

Team-building events can be a great way of bringing individuals together to develop, learn and have fun as a team. These events can not only be enjoyable on the day, but can also have a long-lasting impact on the effectiveness of the team and the wider organisation.  

Whether you are working remotely together on a campus there are benefits to taking some time out in order to reflect, review, develop and grow as a team.

How to get started? See our Top Tips for Running a Team-Building Event to help focus your ideas.

Local Team Building 

In the first instance we encourage teams to develop events themselves, this can aid communication and working practices.  Consider the purpose of the event, what do you want to have achieved by the end of the session? There are a lot of free resources available that you can use to develop all aspects of your team.  Our online learning portal LearnSmart contains lots of suggested activities, guides and ideas that you can use such as the LearnSmart Team Building Resources.

Virtual Team Building

There are numerous collaborative tools available for you to continue team-building exercises remotely.  The key to success is making sure that everyone has access to and is able to use the technology or tools proposed, instructions are really clear and reflection/feedback is done in a considerate way.  Some possible options include:

Your Office 365 suite offers collaborative tools that can be used – the Digital Hub is a great place to find out more about what you can use in the collaborative space. Simply using the breakout rooms or the whiteboard function in Teams can create the basis for team activities. Mentimeter – a really easy to use platform which helps to create interactive presentations, meetings, quizzes and team building events with real time feedback/results. Kahoot! - a game-based learning platform that brings engagement and fun to team building events.

Bespoke Team Building

People Development can help you design team sessions, conduct skills audits and training needs analysis, facilitate team activities and explore team profiles. Complete the initial query form and a member of our team will be in touch. 

Bespoke Training Enquiry Form

 

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology is an innovative, experimental process designed to enhance innovation and organisational performance.  Based on research which shows that this kind of hands-on, minds-on learning produces a deeper, more meaningful understanding of the world and its possibilities, the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology deepens the reflection process and supports an effective dialogue – for everyone in the organisation.  This can be delivered by a face to face or virtual session.  Email peopledevelopment@exeter.ac.uk if you require more information.

Individual and Team Profiling Tools

Profiling tools can be a useful for analysing personalities, dynamics and interactions. They are best used within a suite of development interventions and should always be supported with post assessment analysis in order to ensure the results are correctly interpreted and associated development identified. The People Development team have contacts with external organisations who can run sessions and profiling to support this area of development (for example MBTI and Insights). If you feel this might benefit you or your team please get in touch. Please be aware that there will be a cost attached to these activities that will need to be met through local/department budget.

Community Challenge

Alternatively take the opportunity to develop the way your team works and give something back to the local community through a Community Challenge or by undertaking other volunteering activities