A week has passed since we participated in that wonderful team building experience. I can say without doubt that the exercise has had a sustained impact on the staff here at Africa Platform for Social Protection. It was great to spend some time together, but we shared more than that. We shared ideas, reactions, stories, laughs and our personalities in a way that was unrelated to deadlines and the usual workplace conversation. It gave us an opportunity to see how the people we work with everyday interact outside the workplace.

Team building is an intentional act of management that takes time, planning and a little investment. Team building has a lot of advantages and these are some of them

a.       It makes one to be comfortable with a co-worker hence making one confidence and willing to share ideas

b.      Being in a new environment gives one the opportunity to recognize new skills and strengths in other people

c.       It leads to improved communication among the staff members since communication is an asset  that can result in a smoother processes and better result for the organization

Thank you for team building exercise, we learned a great deal about ourselves and each other. We learned about team trust, support and how we can pull together as a team to achieve success   

 

Growing Together

The APSP family held its annual team building exercise in Mombasa, Kenya from 20th – 23rd July 2012. The change in venue provided staff members with a much needed opportunity to interact in an official ‘unofficial’ capacity. Staff members were able to report on goings-on within the organization with different departments taking lead to outline yearly plans, review them and plan for the future. Staff also managed to strategies as a team as well as think up innovative ways to further build organizational capacity including a specific section of how to build cohesion among staff.

 It was not all work though as staff were entreated to a splash in the ocean as well as a city tour which was welcomed by the age old Muslim tradition of Ramadan

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