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PIA Press Release
2009/10/28

DSWD Caraga conducts team building workshop for employees

By Leah T. Quintana

Butuan City (28 October) -- Employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Caraga Region attended a team building workshop initiated by the Field Office recently. Dir. Mercedita P. Jabagat said the field office deemed it necessary to conduct this activity to organize the workforce of DSWDF Caraga Field Office to work more effectively and efficiently as a team.

Considering the different changes in the Field Office brought about by various factors like change in leadership and on-going repositioning and streamlining, team building workshop, according to Dir. Jabagat, has been identified as the most appropriate intervention to strengthen and sustain communication and intra/interpersonal relationships among members within the unit or division.

To achieve the objectives of the activity, several exercises were done. The participants were grouped into four (4). Each group was asked to give a name to their team. Group 1, 2, 3, 4 called their teams Nature's Wonder, Housemates, Buttercup ni Ondoy and The Champs, respectively. The four (4) teams competed in games like arrange yourselves, find the missing cards, hula-hoop, chant and banner, obstacle race and egg catching. The team Housemates emerged as the over-all winner followed by The Champs. Teams Nature's Wonder and Buttercup ni Ondoy tied for the third place.

After the games, the participants were asked of the reasons why other teams won and others lost. Some said unity, teamwork and synergy were the factors that made the team won. There were participants who honestly admitted about the teams' weaknesses. There were also those who cannot accept defeat.

Aside from the games, the team building activities include also lectures on components of effective team and developing/enhancing team effectiveness.

It was emphasized in the lecture that in every organization, teamwork is very crucial to ensure the achievement of its goals and optimum success; each team member must be committed to the idea that working together as a team leads to a more effective decision than working in isolation.

Moreover, it was stressed to the participants that the team must be accountable and responsible as a functioning unit within the larger organization context.

The participants expressed that the team building workshop marked a positive impact on them because they learned a lot about teamwork, accountability and responsibility in relation to achieving institutional goals and objectives. They also made their commitments on what to stop, what to start, and what to continue. (PIA) [top]

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