Team Building with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
At CSR, we’re all about implementation. It’s the R in CSR: Results. We work to get it done, and we practice what we preach, implementing recommendations within our own organization and not just for our clients.
Case in point: In our latest blog series, Betsy wrote about Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.” The first dysfunction she mentioned deals with developing relationships and trust with your coworkers outside the office to improve relationships and trust inside the office. To put this idea into practice, the CSR team recently joined forces on a Habitat for Humanity ReHab project in Atlanta.
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity‘s vision is “an Atlanta where all people have access to quality and affordable housing in safe, vibrant neighborhoods with opportunities to thrive.” I’ve been involved with dozens of builds over the years, both in Louisiana (where I grew up) and in Atlanta. It’s a great organization and the builds are fun and accessible to those with varying skill sets and experience levels, making it an ideal team bonding opportunity that also serves a bigger purpose.
In our team’s group build, we spent the day repainting the entire inside and outside of a lovely homeowner’s new-to-her home, building and painting shutters, and installing kitchen cabinets. It was an incredibly positive experience not only working together, but also improving someone else’s life in a tangible and immediate way.
After our building day, we gathered at Alex’s home for grilled burgers and corn on the cob. It was an amazing afternoon for our team to bond, build trust, and implement another one of our core values: Versatility, in providing value to our community outside of our core skill set (although we all proved quite skillful at building construction).
If you’re interested in getting involved in Atlanta Habitat for Humanity with your team or another group, learn more info here. If you’re looking for more suggestions on building team morale to avoid pitfalls of team dysfunction, we’d be happy to speak with you.