WBV exercises have been getting a lot of press lately. It seems like people can’t quite stop talking about it.
Well, it’s not really that big of a deal because if you think about it, a lot more people should look into these types of exercises. They go a long way in building self esteem. They go a long way in building camaraderie. Ultimately, they build comfort levels.
Make no mistake about it, if you work for an Italian company or if you own one, you should consider WBV exercises for your crew. Now, it doesn’t really matter whether you are a one-man band or you manage some sort of conglomerate with a tremendous amount of people. Even if you have an army of employees, they can seriously benefit from these exercises.
You have to understand that WBV exercises don’t just involve physical actions. They also involve how people feel about themselves. That’s right. There is a strong emotional component, and this cannot be underestimated.
A lot of companies turn a blind eye to intangible benefits. They think that when they engage in any sort of team building exercise that it’s really all about the physical actions.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things that people can readily observe. There are a lot of things that people can readily document. These are the things that make the most impact because, after all, we pay attention to what we can see that is the most real to us. We are, after all, a very visual species.
But with that said, there are also other signals that may be a little bit subtle. There may be some signals that you have to read between the lines, but are still important nonetheless. You have to keep this in mind. You have to look at the big picture so you can position your company or organization to benefitting fully from these types of exercises.
Make no mistake about it, if you are engaged in any kind of group activity, this should be on the agenda because this can go a long way in benefitting people individually as well as part of a group.
This attention to group cohesion is what makes a lot of Italian companies so successful. In fact, a lot of industrial psychologists, sociologists, as well as highly educated group dynamic consultants have looked at Italian companies as sources of inspiration. They have sliced and diced the data that they found from these organizations to come up with policy suggestions that have moved a lot of other organizations to a whole other level.
Unfortunately, this is not programmatic. By programmatic, I’m talking about something that organizations just adopt as a matter of chance. It doesn’t work that way. This is not some sort of one-size-fits-all organizational panacea or magic bullet.
I wish it worked that way because it would take all the guesswork out of the process. Instead, it’s a group of practices that you really have to conform to how you do things. You have to make it fit your company’s existing culture. If you’re able to do that, then it would produce a lot of benefits. Otherwise, you’d be lucky to settle for cents on the dollar.