Ex­plore your hid­den sense of ad­ven­ture

Strengthen your busi­ness, your­self and a favourite char­ity, all at the same time, with a team-build­ing day. By Carla Fox

The Herald Business - - Special Report -

BUILD­ING a strong team is the foun­da­tion of any busi­ness; that’s an ab­so­lute given – and the right shared ex­pe­ri­ences be­tween col­leagues and vary­ing lev­els of man­age­ment through­out an or­gan­i­sa­tion can al­le­vi­ate ten­sion in the ev­ery­day pres­sure cooker of the work­place.

So­cial gath­er­ings are fine, but when al­co­hol is thrown into the mix, it can of­ten ex­ac­er­bate prob­lems rather than ease them.

Gath­er­ing a group into the con­fer­ence room with bits of sticks and puz­zles to solve can be coun­ter­pro­duc­tive – in­di­vid­u­als know that work is build­ing up while they’re away from the desk, and the ac­tiv­i­ties ac­tu­ally buzz with re­sent­ment.

Team build­ing days and events, how­ever, have many ben­e­fits but the head­line ben­e­fits are twofold – cre­at­ing stronger links in the chain and also de­vel­op­ing in­di­vid­u­als, who might be hid­ing their light un­der the PC in the of­fice but show nat­u­ral leadership abil­i­ties in out­door chal­lenges. The pop­u­lar­ity of cor­po­rate days isn’t sim­ply down to the fact they can re­pair bur­geon­ing cracks in oth­er­wise strong teams or build stronger bridges be­tween erst­while bat­tling de­part­ments, they can also act as a re­ward for those who are work­ing flat out day af­ter day and per­haps feel­ing they need to get a lit­tle more back.

The pop­u­lar­ity has also meant there are now many more imag­i­na­tive ways of cre­at­ing bonds that will trans­fer into the work­place.

The clas­sic team­build­ing ex­pe­ri­ences al­low us to slip off the shoes and change the suits from

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