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Why outdoor adventure activities are good for team building?

Corporate team building is a process designed to develop effective teams and team work. There are many definitions of the word team but perhaps the simplest is; a group of individuals working together towards achieving a common goal. It is well known that potentially teams will always achieve more than an individual. Corporate team building uses various games, activities or exercises to develop certain characteristics within the individuals that are important if the team is to become an effective one. The characteristics that may develop are as follows:

  1. Be able to communicate openly and honestly
  2. Focus on the problem or goal and not an individual
  3. Be able to trust yourself and your fellow team members in the contributions brought to the team
  4. To seek understanding of the objective of the team and your role in achieving the objective
  5. Learn to take risks and to support team members when they take risks
  6. Understand the interdependence within the team and the importance of each team member

Being in a new environment, other than the work place, creates a more relaxed atmosphere for teams to work on specific outcomes. The four main components that team building is based on is:

Goal setting

Interpersonal relationship management

Role clarification

Problem solving

Team building is one of the most widely used group development interventions in organisations today. Of all organisational interventions, team development interventions were found to have the largest effect on financial measures of organisational performance. Recent meta-analysis shows that team development activities including team building and team training, improve both a teams objective performance and supervisory subjective rating on performance. Outdoor activities and challenges pushes the team past mediocrity, allowing them to express themselves in a way that unleashes a teams synergy which is often lying dormant. Successful teams do what other teams are not prepared to do.

But, the questions remain:

Do these type of team building activities work?

At the end of the team build, will conflicts be resolved and more trust built amongst team members?

In short, the answer is YES! Corporate team building activities have many benefits. In particular, overcoming unfamiliar physical challenges together in close proximity, can help managers and employees learn how to collaborate and communicate effectively. One such example showcased how a senior public official had to climb an eight story high pyramid. Some of the members were unable to complete the activity because of their fear of heights. However, this led the team later  to passionately discuss how their organisation, which was involved in upgrading the countries workforce, could better support citizens who were afraid of learning new things.

The question to the company wanting to do a team build should be:

What do you want to accomplish by going off site for a couple of days, and what are the key organisational issues the team is struggling with?

Once these questions are answered, team building can then help the department head ascertain whether the outdoor adventure activity is a suitable intervention.

The experiences that the team will have also always help to initiate the building of trust – which is a crucial foundation for any effective team. Almost all employees report that they feel valued and motivated to do their best at work after such a team build event. That is why it is important for the activity to be done well and make people feel valued.

That is why Fearless Adventures provides a wide variety of outdoor activities that are fun, interactive and foster team work and it does not necessarily have to be hard or expensive. From exclusive executive excursions to meaningful facilitated programs and thrilling outdoor adventures. The Fearless team building activities immerses participants in their surroundings, inspires individuals and invigorates teams to reach their full potential.

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