Why Team Building is Effective
Having a positive, engaging, and effective work environment is something that many companies strive to achieve, but fail to do. It is difficult for many to find the happy medium between work and play, build a team of engineers and electrical design consultants who work cohesively as a single unit and create an engaging environment to effectively complete the tasks. PK Electrical is an electrical engineering firm that does not face these problems due to our focus on team building and a deep understanding of our employees’ wants and needs.
Our principals understand that team building is the foundation for company and employee success. Team Building is not viewed as a waste of time and resources, but rather as an investment in our employees’ lives to enable them to form meaningful relationships in the workplace. Due to the principals’ understanding of how beneficial team building is, we put forth an immeasurable effort to enable team members to learn about their coworkers, how they work, and the best ways to interact with each other. Strengthened and newly formed relationships are vital for employee morale and overall employee satisfaction. Our staff all understands the importance of working together regardless of your position title. Additionally, team building improves productivity, motivation, communication, respect, and trust. All of these components are key factors in creating a truly productive and welcoming work environment.
How PK Electrical is Different
Many companies will plan small events like a picnic, dinner, etc. to get their employees to bond and get to know each other, but PK Electrical does things differently. We are continually looking for events that allow our employees to work together in a fun and engaging problem-solving activities that enable everyone to learn about each other on a deeper level. Each year, we plan two company-wide events in which the primary focus is team building. We have Alignment at the beginning of the year and Realignment in the middle of the year. In the past, our alignment days were held in either Reno or Denver; one office would travel to the other and vice versa. This year we decided to fly our employees from each office to Las Vegas for a two-day team building event. The purpose of this was to give our electrical engineers, designers, and staff the opportunity to travel somewhere new as opposed to the same scenery from past alignments.
Las Vegas was the perfect location because it is close to both offices, and has a variety of events and activities. It is also the location of some of our larger projects (i.e., Project NEON, UNLV Emergency Phone Replacement, and the Northern Las Vegas Beltway ( I-15 – Pecos).
What We Did
Thursday, January 17th, 2019: Both offices arrived in Las Vegas around 10:30 AM, ready for a day full of team building. Everyone went to the Palms together to drop off their luggage. At 2:00 PM, everyone was waiting at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the surprise team-building event. PK Electrical hired cityHUNT for a group scavenger hunt along the Las Vegas strip. We were broken up into teams that were specifically chosen to integrate both Denver and Reno employees and the different departments (management, administrative, design, and drafting). The “hunt” lasted for three hours and was designed to have group members work together to develop a plan, play towards each other’s strengths, and give everybody a chance to participate in various activities. The scavenger hunt’s ending location was at Maggiano’s, where we watched a slideshow of photos and videos from each team that were taken on the cityHUNT app throughout the day.
Friday, January 18th, 2019:
PK Electrical attended Jeffrey Benjamin’s Breakthrough Training. Jeff’s program has various trainings relating to leadership, team building, communication, goal setting, customer service, and public speaking. We’ve participated in the team-building training in the past, but this time we decided on goal-setting training. This consisted of learning various methods to help set and achieve our goals. We were split off into pairs to discuss our goals and why we aspire to accomplish them; this activity took up most of the day. After discussing our goals in five separate categories, we were told to pick one activity to do for the next thirty minutes, that would help us accomplish/work towards one of our goals. Some people looked up information for their PE exams, went on walks, found apps that will assist them in becoming more mindful, and found small ways to manage their finances better. Afterward, all employees were paired up with another employee from their respective office to keep each other accountable.
Team-building takes time and effort. If done correctly, the payoffs are enormous: increased productivity, a more cohesive work environment, and better communication skills are just a few of the many benefits. Allowing our employees to connect with one another in both work and non-work environments is crucial to our success. It is important to us that relationships are built and maintained throughout everyone’s time at PK Electrical.
Contact PK Electrical
PK Electrical, Inc. is an electrical engineering firm and low voltage design firm located in Reno, NV, and Denver, CO. We specialize in power, lighting, and low voltage design. Our low voltage electrical designers and electrical engineers have a profound commitment to innovative electrical designs and focus on client objectives. If you are interested in learning more about why PK Electrical was a finalist for the Best Places to Work campaign, or about their contributions to electrical engineering projects, check out our website or give us a call.