To many, the word ‘team building’ has become somewhat of a buzzword. It can draw connotations of groups of your colleagues building newspaper bridges and falling into your open arms in a ‘trust exercise’. However, many companies are taking their team building ideas to the next level, moving out of the office with corporate away days. Spending an extended amount of time with the people you work with may seem like a daunting prospect to some, but there’s a lot to be said for the process of stepping outside of your comfort zone into a relaxed environment and getting to know your peers on a more personal level.
We’re big advocates of the team away day at Canvas & Stone, and with years of experience planning them for companies across the country we’re in a good position to vouch for the benefits of them.
Boosts team morale
Swapping out the old school team building ideas for more enjoyable away days can do wonders for making your colleagues feel appreciated. Nothing says ‘thanks for your hard work’ like an overnight stay in luxurious surroundings, followed by a classic country breakfast and a trip out on the segways, or a professional cocktail making class.
It can be hard to form meaningful relationships with people in the workplace, but the barrier between this is very often a lack of understanding. Seeing people at their most relaxed and outside of the confines of the office can give a whole new perspective, and gives you the opportunity to learn more about the people you work with. Even if you don’t make a new best friend, the improved understanding will undoubtedly support your workplace relationships, and help you make difficult decisions with people you know on a new level.
It may seem counter-intuitive to say that taking time out of the office could possibly contribute to getting more work done, but it’s widely thought that happy staff are a more productive staff. It doesn’t all have to be fun and games, team away days can prove a beneficial place to host meetings and brainstorms. People tend to be more open and honest away from the work environment, which could not only help identify areas to improve and gain feedback, but to help improve your office processes.
Our advice is to move out of the office, ditch the classic team building ideas and take your workplace out into the open air for some good old fashioned fun. But don’t just take our word for it- try it for yourself. Grab your boss, your PA, your manager and talk to them about the kind of benefits your office could see from hosting a corporate away day. That’s what one of our away day attendees did, and it’s true testament to the value they can provide:
“I was initially sceptical about the idea of a corporate away day, but it quickly became clear it was a great place to bond with my colleagues in a relaxing environment. We all came away unanimously in agreement that we would work better together as a result” Paul Egan, company away day at Wasing Park
If you’ve already got a multitude of away day ideas buzzing round, get in touch with Canvas & Stone today. We’re not only happy to accommodate for whatever you need, but we love it; the more innovative you can be with your team away day ideas, the better.