Whether in a Perth workplace or sports field, it’s essential for teams to have a general collegial air. To achieve this, team members must respect each other without question. After all, as soon as a team member questions or disrespects another, the success of the team becomes at risk.
To make sure all team members trust each other and feel confident of their place within the team, here are some respect team-building activities:
Proximity and Eye Contact
This involves having the team members divide into pairs, and then standing at a good distance, like 10 feet away from each other. At that distance, each team member should ask their partner for help while looking them in the eye. The pairs should then walk a bit closer to each other, ask for help again, and continue to look each other in the eye.
This process should continue until the team members are close to one another. At that point, the pairs should start to move away gradually from each other again.
This activity illustrates the importance of addressing someone with the respect needed to approach them at a comfortable and conversational distance. It can also promote the importance of team members being comfortable around one another.
Leading the Blindfolded
This involves dividing the team members into pairs, and then having the activity coordinator scatter objects throughout a room, which will serve as “mines,” turning the space into a “minefield.” Each member of the pair will then take turns being blindfolded, while their partner leads them safely through the minefield with verbal direction.
This activity illustrates the importance of having trust in order for respect to gain a foothold within the team’s dynamics.
Respect is essential for a team to gain a general collegial air. Use these team-building activities or come up with your own team-building ideas to make sure your members respect one another.