Clique: A small close-knit group of people who do not readily allow others to join them.
A clique may seem harmless, it can form naturally, whether it’s a few people bonding whilst working on a project or the crowd who sit on the left of the office. As creatures of habit, it’s natural for us to group with others who are like-minded or share common interests.
Cliques can however foster a culture of exclusivity, leaving others feeling isolated which can in turn effect morale and productivity. After all, no one wants to feel like an outsider, do they?
According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 43% of workers say their office is populated by cliques.
Whether knowingly or unknowingly, these groups create tension, pollute the work environment, destroy trust, and sometimes even drive good workers out of the job.
So, how can we tackle this issue?
Client Case Study:
A client’s team were physically split across a number of locations so they naturally formed cliques.
The team leader recognised that the efficiency of the team as a whole was being affected as each clique was working in isolation.
A team building day was scheduled and we ran Team Challenge Toolkit a session using a series of short, sharp, interactive exercises that are designed to explore various aspects of effective team behaviour.
We put together a bespoke day to break up the cliques with the end result being one unified team ready to take on their next challenge!
“The team building tasks really helped us bond and it’s amazing what we can actually do when we all work together!”
Call Hannah if you want to chat through your team challenges on 020 8661 5547