The truth about social responsibility and its importance in corporate team building activities
Social responsibility is a more complex a subject than it may appear at first glance. You may well assume that a low level of social responsibility means that someone is a bad person, but that’s not necessarily the case – it just means that they may have little regard for rules and regulations. As you can imagine, the implications of this will largely depend on context and the personalities of the people involved in your corporate team building activities.
For example, working with an executive coach may reveal that you tend to ignore rules which you deem pointless or unreasonable, but are still concerned about working with your team to get the best possible results in all your projects.
Social responsibility means being responsible, considerate and dependable for your team, regardless of the form those qualities happen to take. However, it doesn’t mean allowing yourself to be taken advantage of. For example, if you exhibit too much social responsibility, your team members may stop rinsing their empty coffee cups just because they know you’ll always do it for them at the end of the day. This is a slippery slope, as you can easily find yourself taking on more work than one person can handle, having become so preoccupied with other people’s priorities that you’ve neglected your own.
As you’ve probably guessed, you should strive for balance during business team building – you shouldn’t allow other’s concerns to always take priority over your own, but you shouldn’t be so focused on your own priorities that you neglect other people or, even worse, start taking advantage of them. Emotional intelligence tests are a useful tool here.
Set aside a little time each week to reflect on whether there’s anyone you could have done more to help. It could be that there’ll be an opportunity to do so again during the following week! Similarly, consider whether there were any points where you should have said ‘no’ but didn’t. You’re going to have to say ‘no’ at some point, so you may as well prepare yourself for it, otherwise effective business team building will be impossible!
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