Whether we like to believe it or not, stereotypes in the workplace exist. Whether it is gender based, race based, age based, or disability based; it exists.
One of the most widely experienced stereotypes in the UK workplace is based on gender. There has always been a very undeserved, yet prominent attitude by many that women are not capable of doing the same jobs as men. Statistically women in the UK earn less than their male counterparts. According to research, a man starting at a FTSE 100 organisation is 4.5 times more likely to make it to the executive committee than a woman; while senior women are two times less likely to be promoted than their male peers. So despite the fact that women are clearly capable of performing and completely tasks, just as men are, this gender based discrimination is still rife, whether people in authority admit it or not.
So when it comes to trying to remove these workplace stereotypes, team building exercises can play a big part. It is a known fact that working together in different situations can often help employees see one another outside stereotyped preconceptions, and thus, by encouraging this kind of interaction in the workplace, it can remove the undesired stereotypes.
There are a huge number of team building event organisers in the UK offering a variety of events, including obstacle courses, treasure hunts, food and drink challenges; and a variety of indoor tasks and tests. The key element of all of these events is that it pushes people who might not ordinarily interact in the workplace, into working together.
Team building exercises are all about getting teams to function more effectively and efficiently, whilst quashing all the preconceived stereotypes. The outcome of a team building event would ultimately be to make people realise that other people are in fact capable of the same things as them, despite what the stereotypes might say.
Common society beliefs is a team-building program that will help people understand stereotypes and the negative impact they can have on a team. Team-building exercises can be a powerful way to unite a group, develop strengths, and address weaknesses, but only if the exercises are planned and carried out strategically. In other words, there has to be a real purpose behind your decision to do the exercise, i.e. improving the team’s problem-solving or communication skills.
Thus, when done properly, team building exercises can help banish those workplace stereotypes.