Team building is an essential part of any corporate team to improve team work and camaraderie. Most team building activities take place in the office or any indoor space. However, it might be fun to change things up a bit and choose outdoor team building activities for your next exercise. There are several benefits to choosing this kind of setup and also make it a fun experience for everyone involved.
What Benefits Can You Enjoy?
The most compelling benefit you can get with outdoor team building activities is the opportunity to tackle both physical and mental obstacles. The obvious advantage is that you can get your teammates physically active. In today’s modern corporate setting, majority of the workers spend 8-10 hours each day sitting in an office desk and in front of the computer. This sedentary nature of the workplace can be a health hazard. By opting for an outdoor activity for your team building exercise, you will be able to promote physical activity and exercise. It is also a great way to instill the benefits of staying in good physical shape and health condition. You want to promote healthy but fun physical activities – exercise should not be boring.
Even though the outdoor team building is focused on physical activities, there is a link to the skills needed to improve corporate effectiveness. One example is to improve communication within a certain situation. Ask your team members to group themselves into a specific number of people. Then, you will have them complete a certain task and compete with other teams. The end goal is to improve the way they communicate as all members of the team work towards achieving a specific goal. At the same time, it is a great way to build the self-confidence of each member and give value to their contribution to the entire team. This is a rare opportunity to build camaraderie, too, since most workers spend most of their time in front of the computer and rarely have interaction with their co-employees.
Fun and Creative Ideas
There are limitless ideas to choose from when it comes to formulating activities for your team building exercise for adults. One popular concept is to host a race just like the Amazing Race. Your team will be divided into groups of two per team wherein they must solve clues and perform tasks along the way until they reach their final destination. This is a great activity to promote physical wellness, logical and analytical thinking and improve communication.
You can also try a charity team building wherein you and your team will volunteer for a cause. You can either volunteer for a clean-up drive in your community or help build houses for the homeless. There are also more extreme activities such as white water rafting, or hiking. Whatever you choose, make sure that you are able to incorporate the skills that should be developed in the team building exercise.