The modern workplace is a busy and often stressful environment in which it is easy to forget the importance of being part of a team. Using outdoor and nature-based group activities is an important part of building team co-operation, communication and trust, allowing people within a corporate structure to face fresh challenges and build transferable skills. Here are five of the main benefits of corporate team building events:
1. Fresh challenges
The challenges offered by exercises such as abseiling, rock climbing, geocaching or raft building allow your team of people to apply their existing knowledge and skills to new situations. Many of the situations they find themselves in will be new and will require collective problem solving, delegation, trust and self-reliance.
2. Increased communication skills
The modern workplace relies mainly on emails and phone calls to communicate, whereas these challenges require your team to speak with one another, exchange ideas and then develop a consensus. This helps build and re-enforce relationships and respect between team members.
3. Repair strained office relationships
When presented with new and different problems, people have a tendency to approach them with fresh eyes and leave previous professional problems aside. This allows for new relationships to be forged and a greater level of respect to be established as the entire team is involved and reliant on one another.
4. New roles and new skills
When undertaking the many challenges available the office hierarchy is left behind, allowing other members of the team to take charge of a situation and delegate accordingly. This presents important new opportunities for team members to take on new responsibilities, develop new skills, confidence and understand the importance of leadership. It also allows others to learn how to take a back seat in matters and co-operate with other people for a common purpose.
5. Risk management
These challenges present a controlled level of risk which relies upon team members assessing, understanding and dealing with problems collaboratively. Learning how to deal with risk in a controlled environment helps build skills in your team which are easily transferable to any workplace.
There is no doubt that having fun is a huge part of what we provide at the Adventurous Activity Company but behind that is encouraging responsibility, team building and co-operation. Provide your team of staff with the many benefits of an adventurous challenge by getting in touch today.