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Titre :  The downfalls of team building. When young graduates denounce the absurdities of cohesion seminars.
Numéro :  78
Année :  2023
Volume :  XXIX
Auteur(s) :  Thomas SIMON, Xavier PHILIPPE
Résumé :  Since the 1980s, team building sessions have flourished in companies to the point of becoming ready-made solutions that, unfortunately, tend to scare away the best employees. Between managerial fashion and the desire to make employees’ daily lives more attractive, team building does not always have the expected effects on the overall cohesion of teams. On the contrary, the permanent injunction to have fun, which these sessions are based on, has a counter-productive effect on participants. By blurring the line between fun and work, team building can give rise to feelings of dissonance among employees, which can be a source of unease. Based on 35 interviews conducted with young graduates of French business and engineering schools, this research project highlights the paradoxes of these cohesion seminars. The collection of participants’ experiences demonstrates the limits of team building as it is traditionally organised. The participants particularly insist on the ‘ridiculous’ nature of these moments, which are supposed to allow them to have a funny and unforgettable experience. Paradoxically, some respondents point to the emergence of complicity in shared embarrassment. However, they do not reject the very principle of team building and, instead, suggest new ways of organising these sessions. In particular, these should be based on ad hoc and informal meetings initiated by the employees themselves. In other words, team building should be seen as a pleasant anecdote, without grandiloquence or excessive expectations in terms of structuring the group.
Pages :  99-119
Type :  Research paper
Keywords :  team building, young graduates, cohesion, absurdity, fun
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