Team Building and Team Development Exercises are a common business practice. They are used strengthen the relationships within the team and help teams work better together as a whole. Team Building can be anything from a day out in the woods climbing trees and high ropes, to a problem solving activity in the office. The one thing that all team building activities have in common is that they get members of the team engage with one another. Team Building Exercises are often used as a way of increasing team efficiency. It has been proven many times that people who know each other within the company will work better together as they are happy to go to each other for help and advice without fear of being laughed at or asking the wrong person. If there is an issue within your team of staff then you can aim the team development exercise at that problem. If the team are not good at working together then create an exercise that will work on that. If you have team members that struggle to voice their opinion then create a team building exercise that involves communication from everyone, if your team leader struggles in gaining respect from the team then consider something that will help him / her improve their leadership skills. On return to the office after a team building exercise you will see that the morale within the team has improved and there is more trust and communication within the team. The team will be full of happier workers which will create a happier team, creating a happier company. A happier company will have happier customers and happy customers will recommend you to their friends and family. It's a big cycle, but it all starts with team building.