Last April a teambuilding event was held for our staff working in South Sudan. It was the first time since HealthNet TPO started its activities in South Sudan that a workshop like this was organized. The aim was to stimulate team spirit and add a positive element to the daily tasks of each staff member; tasks which are mostly performed under difficult conditions.
The 3-day event was held in Wau, with 34 participating staff members of the South Sudan team (out of the 59). The workshop was given by the Dutch consultant Jackie van der Kroft with support of co-facilitators from the HealthNet TPO team. Participants came from different locations (Juba, Wau, Nyamlel, Raja, Kwajok, and Mapel) projects and positions. In general it is not easy to meet each other due to difficult road conditions, insecurity, long distances, expenses etc., which made this event extra special. (Also for this workshop, until the last moment it was unclear whether it could take place, due to the security situation.)
The objective of the workshop has been identified as follows; to address what the staff is able to do themselves to increase good teamwork. The event enables staff to share experiences and knowledge with their colleagues and think and discuss ways of improving their teamwork. Keywords of the workshop therefore were: active and interactive, contribution and participation of everyone, identifying areas of improvements, mix of methodologies, joint facilitation, hard work, and overall to have fun together.
The workshop consisted of several elements, of which some are summarized below:
The outcome in short can be described as follows: Participants were made to understand that team building is a process that includes good communication, conflict resolution, respect for each other, to be able to admit mistakes and to have good cooperation in the team and in the organization as a whole.
We think it is very valuable to let our teams meet once in a while; after all we are all working for the same organization, with the same objective and often the same difficulties.