“There may be no 'I' in team but there's a 'me' if you look hard enough.”
- David Brent
Team building has a bad rap. In most companies, when a manager announces: "We’re going to do some team building!" employees start re-running old episodes of The Office through their head.
Despite its reputation for being, well, corny, team building is the most important investment you can make for your people. It builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration. Effective team building means more engaged employees, which is good for company culture and boosts the bottom line.
You don't have to take our word for it. This statistic is going to blow your mind:
Companies with highly engaged employees achieve TWICE the net annual income of companies whose employees lag behind on engagement.
There are lots of ways of carefully tending to your staff’s group dynamics but nothing can galvanise a troop of co-workers as effectively and quickly as a thoughtfully designed team building day. And with a little pizzazz, it'll be an adventurous and memorable day too. That's where we come in.
Team building events challenge your staff to solve a range of mental and physical tasks - together. Everyone has a role to play. You can choose from one of our off-the-shelf activities or get in touch to discuss a bespoke event; perhaps something centred around your team’s specific needs or your industry.
Start working on your team and your team will work for you.
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Benefits of booking a team building event
We get it: if your team is going to leave the office for a whole day, you want to make sure it’s well worth your time. We’ve read up on the theory behind team building, including the Harvard Business Review, MIT and Forbes among others. Here is what the research has to say.
It boosts employee engagement
Employee engagement is one of the most crucial elements of successful companies. It demonstrates how much your staff cares about the company’s mission, and how hard they’re willing to work to ensure the company succeeds.
However, studies have found that most companies have shockingly high levels of disengaged employees. Booking a team building activity for your staff is a great way to boost engagement, morale, and show your team that you care about their wellbeing. While these are great reasons on their own, there are also huge financial incentives for you. We call this a win-win!
It’s a collaboration & communication 101
Researchers have found that 50% of positive changes in communication patterns within the workplace can be credited to social interaction outside of the workplace. That’s huge! And we've all experienced it: after spending downtime with a coworker, you find that your working relationship skyrockets. Now imagine what many hours of fun, outdoor puzzle-solving will do for that relationship. Turn your team into an even greater powerhouse. It all starts outdoors.
It attracts and retains top talent
When applying for jobs, employees are not only assessing their salary and benefits - they’re also judging whether or not they relate to the working environment. It follows that mega companies like Facebook and Uber are using team building events as a recruitment tool to set the tone for what their working environment feels like. Get the culture right and they will come.