A workplace that’s crammed to bursting with exceptionally talented people is not worth a thing if those talented people aren’t able to work effectively as a single unit. And like any other skill, working together is something that requires practice and a little bit of training. That’s where team-building excursions become so valuable; they allow participants to build the skills they need to get along well with one another, value the contribution each member of the team makes to the whole, take orders and deliver them, and, ideally, have fun in the process.
Corporate team building events are an integral part of the modern business environment. Let’s take a look at some ideas for excursions that your workforce might enjoy.
The classic team-building activity is one which involves building something – whether it be a raft, a tower, a bridge or a trebuchet. Organise yours with a specialist company who know how to extract the most fun from this sort of activity.
Strapping yourself into a motor-vehicle and pitting your automotive skills against those of your co-workers is an exhilarating experience that’s sure to draw the competitive spirit out of even the most reserved office worker. Divide participants into teams and have them support one another, and you’ll build a sense of camaraderie that’ll endure after the activity is finished and you transition into a more traditional office environment.
Experiencing some of nature’s most awesome predators up-close is a sure-fire way to get your employees to see one another as they might not have before. The person who works in the adjacent office, whom you only bump into during occasional visits to the photocopier, is sure to take on a whole new significance if you remember them with a bald eagle attached to their arm. There are experienced and professionally-run falconry centres across the country – so be sure to check that there’s one near to your workplace.
Golf is an activity that’s often associated with out-of-office competition – and this is an association that’s been immortalised in television and cinema. But golf and work go together for a reason – the sport offers an opportunity for gentle exercise and for competition without being too physically demanding. If you’re looking for a way to blow off steam while building relationships with co-workers, there are few better ways.
If you’re looking for an activity that’ll tax your employees physically, on the other hand, then why not opt for a day-long paintball excursion. This is an activity that’s exceptionally popular, as it combines all of the key ingredients you could wish for in an outdoor excursion – it’s frenetic, it’s competitive, and there’s the exhilarating possibility that physical pain might be just around the corner.
If your workforce has a passion for alcohol, then you might be tempted to take them out for a few drinks out of office hours. While this is a tried-and-true method of socialising – it’s one that can sometimes result in a regrettable experience or two. Instead, why not take your staff to a place where they can learn what goes into some of their favourite cocktails – and expand their horizons a little. With cocktail-making classes being held across the country, the chances are that you won’t have to travel far to learn how to mix your favourite drink – whether it’s a mojito or a black Russian.
A chili cook-off is a popular pastime on the other side of the Atlantic – it’s a simple activity: everyone simply brings their best chili-con-carne to a specified destination. Of course, the more popular variation on the theme in the UK is the bake-off: where everyone brings a sample of their cakes (or biscuits, or breads, or pastries) to the party. It’s best to pick a theme that’s forgiving – as not everyone in your workforce will be a culinary genius!
Charity challenges will not only give your employees a chance to raise money for a worthy cause – it’ll also provide them with an incentive to raise their personal fitness level to a good standard, becoming healthier and happier in the process. You might choose to hike to the base camp of Everest, or to the summit of Kilimanjaro. You might cycle London to Paris, or across Death Valley. Pick something that the people donating might not want to do themselves and you’ll have the best chance of raising a hefty sum – you might consider polling your employees before making the arrangements in order to settle on something that everyone will enjoy.