College of Health Services Striving for Excellence through Team Building
Under a warm African sun, great lessons in communication were learned and hidden management styles uncovered.
Interactive Hospitality Unlimited, under the leadership of Mr Adrian Garrett, facilitated a range of activities to enhance communication skills among the teams.
The day’s activities included “baton pass”, which required excellent planning, communication and co-ordination skills, and the “gordian knot”, which revealed management styles and improved communication skills.
Winners in this exercise were the Green Machines team who also destroyed the Blue Impalas in the marble slide activity, while Purple Rain crushed the Yellow Nation in the Gordian Knot activity and the Network web.
The team that became infamous for cheating in most activities was the Yellow Nation!
Animal, bird and tree spotting followed with team members required to collect samples of animal droppings. The overall winning team of the day in that exercise was Purple Rain, who also won the prize for the loudest team.
After a day of great fun and social interaction, the teams recouped and completed a survey sent out by the Public Relations Unit to gauge feedback on the day from staff.
Staff member Mrs Fazila Padayachee, noted: ‘The activities were appropriate and allowed us to communicate a lot with members within our team. We had good team spirit. We showed respect for one another and most of all we worked together to make sure our team succeeded.
Commented Human Resources staff member, Ms Sunitha Mani, ‘The activities indicated that when there is a break in communication it has a ripple effect on the entire Unit. We had good team spirit and guided each other well. We treated each other with respect and gave everyone a chance to contribute their view. I feel that if one member is not fully engaged with the team or intimidates the team it can put a damper on the team spirit and as a result the team will not be able to give of their best.’
Said Accountant Mr Andile Nduku: ‘I got to know colleagues I usually only speak to on the phone and this is good for relationships at work. It was a very good thing to see Professor Slotow and Professor Botha attending. I would have been very worried if they didn’t show up. It shows they are taking us and work very seriously and they care about our wellbeing because it has a direct impact on productivity. Thanks to the team for such a wonderful event, keep it up.’
Student counsellor Mrs Wulganathi Thaver commented: ‘Well done to the CHS. You certainly have shown us that the team is valued. This gesture goes a long way in boosting staff morale. I am proudly a CHS staff member and appreciate the extra mile that management has gone to ensure that staff is heard and appreciated. Thank you.’
Professor Fanie Botha, who encouraged everyone to bring the team spirit back to the office, said: ‘Communication is key to ensuring successful teams. The lesson we learned from all these activities today is to clearly communicate the message and to listen carefully to your team mates. I’m also encouraged by the full participation of everyone here and look forward to further interactions.’