Crossing Oars: Team Building through Intuitive Interdependence

Crystal Kadakia Posted by Crystal Kadakia, HR Consultant, Owner, Invati Consulting.


One of the biggest myths today, especially with regards to the millennial generation, is that team building is as simple as creating a fun, collegiate environment through chang....

One of the biggest myths today, especially with regards to the millennial generation, is that team building is as simple as creating a fun, collegiate environment through changes like installing ping pong tables, offering free food, and hosting Friday happy hours. That’s what they are used to and are asking for, right? Much more lies beneath the surface, like many millennial beliefs. Millennial workplace behavior, according to my research over the past five years, is a reflection of the digital world they grew up in. This approach disproves many millennial myths, and it provides insight into cross-generational workplace needs for a digital world. For team building, the need goes far beyond fun environments. Team building is of much complexity and importance. Employees more commonly work from home, either part- or full-time. The work environment is more diverse and global. Workers do not work under the same assumptions of what normal looks like, acceptable behavior and communication using the same styles. And yet, the challenges of the job are more complex and fast paced, requiring more responsive and intuitive connections with our teammates. For an effective workplace that creates community and retains top talent in today’s virtual, diverse world, team building […]