When the weather gets warmer, many businesses start to think about team building days to inject some fun and energy into their team and to remind their staff they are valued.

There are many benefits to having an outdoor team building day, including improving communication, improved team dynamics, strengthened relationships within team members and reducing stress levels.

Ultimately, after a tough couple of years of remote and disjointed working, a team building activity day can be just what the doctor ordered to re-bond your employees face to face and give them a chance to unwind and enjoy themselves.

In this blog post, we will highlight the 3 main benefits of organising a team-building day for your employees this summer!

What are the benefits of outdoor team building activity days?

1.) Outdoor team building days are great for improving communication and collaboration among employees.

Any business owner knows that communication and collaboration of their team are essential for a well-run operation. However, these skills can sometimes be lacking among employees. One way to encourage better communication and collaboration is to hold outdoor team building days.

These activities encourage employees to interact with each other in a non-work-related environment and encourage them to work together to solve problems and complete tasks. As a result, they learn to trust and rely on each other, which can improve communication and collaboration when they return to the office.

Outdoor team building days can also be a great way to promote teamwork and build morale. By working together in a fun shared experience, employees develop a strong sense of camaraderie that will transfer back to the workplace.

The better your team members get to know each other, the more connected they will feel. People who know, trust and respect each other will work better together (these are some of the 11 principles of a high performing team). Work can sometimes be quite stressful so being surrounded by people you respect and enjoy spending time with can make a huge positive difference.

2.) They can help break up the monotony of the workday and improve morale.

We all know that work can be hard and challenging at times. Days can start to blend together and before you know it, you’re stuck in a rut. One way to help break up the monotony of this cycle is to incorporate some fun activities into your day. This could be something as simple as taking a few minutes to play an energiser game with your co-workers, going for a walk during your lunch break or provide a fully hosted professional team building activity. These activities will help break up boredom, improve morale and make you feel more connected to your co-workers. So next time you’re feeling stuck in a rut, take a break and know that it’s time to have some fun and get energised!

A positive company culture will enable employees to realise their value within the team and help them build confidence in their individual skillsets. The best team building activities are designed to ensure everyone has an opportunity to contribute to the activity in a meaningful way and even showcase their strengths allowing each person to open up their creativity and freely share ideas without judgement.

3.) Showing your appreciation for your employees’ hard work and dedication will increase performance.

People ultimately want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. They want more than just to a fill job role. They want to be challenged and to feel like they are contributing to the success of something. Injecting some fun into the daily humdrum of work life will send their engagement rates through the roof.

A team building away day is a sign of appreciation and will certainly make them feel more valuable whilst improving your company image and how people talk about what it’s like to work at your company. A well structured and delivered experience can also subtly embed key corporate messages around brand, values and vision. Happy and engaged employees tend to perform better and by simply helping employees feel a part of a business, the more motivated they will be to take on new and bigger challenges in their jobs.

Summer is the perfect time to hold an outdoor team building day.

There’s no doubt about it: summer is the perfect time for outdoor team building challenges such as a Team Quest, Game of Kings, Official World Record Breakers or the particularly exhilarating experience Wacky Races. Plus, the warmer temperatures mean that you’ll get extra enthusiasm and enjoyment from the participants.

Another great thing about holding a team-building day in summer is the abundance of fun activities to choose from. Whether you want to take your colleagues on a Tablet Treasure Hunt, on a Dino Dash Race, or compete in the Tribal Olympics, you’re sure to find something that caters to everyone’s interests.

And who knows? Maybe all your team members will discover hidden talents and skills that they never even knew they had! At Blue Hat, we have over 43 outdoor based activities accessible for you to choose from, many of which are recognised for their superior quality and unique concepts. And if you have something new in mind, we can bring it to life in our workshops with our bespoke event design service.

So, if you’re looking for a fun way to build camaraderie among your co-workers this summer, why not plan an outdoor team building day? It’ll be a great way to boost team morale and have some fun at the same time! After all, there really is no better time to get your employees together!

Written by Ben Parkinson

Published on 28 April, 2022

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