The Top Trends in Team Building for 2022

The Top Trends in Team Building for 2022

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1. Hybrid Work is Here to Stay

In the past 24 months, there’s been a ton of speculation pertaining to remote and hybrid work and its viability and acceptance in the long term. But Murray Seward, CEO at Outback Team Building and Training, believes it’s going to have a significant place in the professional world of the future.

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1. Hybrid Work is Here to Stay

And as remote and hybrid work becomes more prevalent, so too will the challenges with maintaining corporate culture in a distributed team. “Working remotely puts an awful lot of pressure on company culture,” explains Seward. “It becomes harder to maintain relationships and to even just get along. You’re not gathered in a physical working 

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1. Hybrid Work is Here to Stay

environment all day, so you lack that interaction.”  He adds, “Because of this, I think you’re going to see a lot more virtual interaction and virtual team building.” In the past 24 months, there’s been a ton of speculation pertaining to remote and hybrid work and its viability and acceptance in the long term.

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2. Onboarding New Team Members Will Require More Strategy

The culture challenges faced by organizations don’t stop with existing employees. They extend—possibly even more significantly—to newcomers. "The biggest challenge pertains less to existing employees and more so to new ones,” says Seward.  “It’s one thing for people who have already been at your company for years and were indoctrinated into your 

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2. Onboarding New Team Members Will Require More Strategy

culture the old-school way. The harder part is the new people: how do you get them integrated into your company?"  It’s all going to come down to finding innovative ways to build connections.

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3. Organizations Will Need More Frequent Company Events to Build Connections

One of the most vital ways to create and maintain strong organic bonds between colleagues and teams will be to gather people more frequently. “I see the volume of team activities going up significantly in the coming year,” says Seward. “Companies that have relied on organic relationship-building are going to have to create those opportunities 

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3. Organizations Will Need More Frequent Company Events to Build Connections

more often. They’ll likely need to do more structured team building experiences than they had in the past. It can’t just be an annual occurrence anymore.”

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4. A New Way of Approaching Retreats and Incentives Will Emerge

As travel and in-person events remain challenging, off-site meetings and company retreats will likely look a bit different than they used to. “All these changes make you wonder what’s going to happen for those companies that used to rely heavily on retreats and off-sites,” says Seward. “Will they still do them? I believe they will, once things start to settle 

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4. A New Way of Approaching Retreats and Incentives Will Emerge

down and move back toward normalcy. But, because people haven’t seen much of each other for the past few years, I think a greater percentage of the time at those events will be spent on bonding activities.”

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5. Technology Will Have a Significant Impact on Team Building

The last piece of the puzzle will be the implications of technology on virtual team building and the expectations of organizations when it comes to their events. “Technology is becoming incredibly important in team building,” says Seward. “Even now, it’s significantly enhanced compared to old-school team building. It’s evolved.”

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5. Technology Will Have a Significant Impact on Team Building

Seward elaborates, “As organizations do more and more virtual team building activities, they’re starting to expect some real production value.  Technology has taken things to a whole new level, and we’re seeing that in a number of our brand-new virtual team building activities.”

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