Team building is back on the must do list for companies in 2016. When the recession hit in 2009 businesses had to tighten their belts and make cutbacks.
Events of all kinds were the first on this list of non essentials. Many companies had to make redundancies, it wasn’t seen to be politically correct to make someone redundant and then a month later take the remaining teams on an away-day.
However redundancies result in changes in team dynamics. New teams take time to settle in, there are often clashes in personnel, problems with roles and responsibilities. The earlier these can be addressed with a properly constructed team building package the quicker everyone can settle into their jobs and get down to business.
By definition treasure hunts are “a game in which players search for hidden objects by following a trail of clues.” Now, I’m not trying to say that all treasure hunts have to be Captain Jack Sparrow or Indiana Jones influenced (unless you want them to be!) but they can be used to great effect and provide a thoroughly enjoyable day for anyone.
Treasure hunts have evolved over the decades, from simple compasses and maps, to iPads and helicopters. However, regardless of the drastic technological change, they still withhold the same excitement and enthusiasm as they did during the 18th Century when real pirates conquered the unfortunate coasts of the world.
Treasure hunts have always been a firm favourite with corporate teams looking for something fun to do in the outdoors for team building and in these modern times technology has helped to keep this event fresh and enjoyable for all.
Treasure hunts for corporate days were spurred on in the early 1980’s by the hit TV game show Treasure Hunt where Anneka Rice entertained the nation as the ‘skyrunner’ in a series of race against the clock treasure hunts throughout the UK. The format for the show was for two contestants who had an information and map resource to communicate with ‘the skyrunner (Anneka) over radio from the studio in the hope that she would be able to find the clues and locations remotely.
After a successful series running from 1982-1989 Anneka hung up her treasure hunting boots, however many corporate teams continued the theme on their team away day’s and have been taking part in treasure hunts all over the UK and beyond ever since.
Are you team building in Bath? well if you have already started to look around for team building in bath ideas on the internet then you will find either a list of hotels recommending their venues or a host of indoor team building options. However you may not have the budget or need to host your event at a hotel in Bath so without an indoor setting or venue with outside grounds you are going to struggle to find the perfect solution to your Bath team building day.
So what are the options for team building in Bath?
These were the words spoken to us recently by a client looking to take his team out of the office into the fresh air for some interactive team building in Bath. For clients who are on a limited budget and look for team activities within town and city areas there is always going to be a few issues trying to find the perfect solution, however we do have that solution!
Well here is a really great high tech and innovative team game that uses QR codes and mobile devices to enhance your event and not only get your guests running around in an upbeat competitive game but also allowing you to enforce a company message/values or anything you want!
I can hear you saying what is a QR code?! well read on and all will be revealed.
For those of you who are about to click away from this game due to the words ‘high tech’ stay with me as it really is a very easy game to set up and requires little technical knowledge for you the organiser and your guests. This game will work very well with anyone from school children to adults and can take as long or short as you like depending on your time and space available.
The idea of this team game is break the ice before a serious meeting or discussion and wake your delegates up mentally so that they can concentrate on your important presentation and hopefully take in everything that you have to say! There is nothing worse than getting a group of people into a meeting room that look like they are half asleep before you have even started the day and this game will certainly create a buzz before you start.
Outdoor summer team building activities
So far this month we have covered competitive team building games, high tech fun team building with treasure hunts, indoor creative team building exercises and this week it’s all about getting the most from your team in the good old outdoors.
Ok so you are looking for an activity to do at your next team away day but want to keep it fresh and innovative as well as fun by providing an outdoor activity that gets the whole group out and about in the fresh air
The options for this type of event are endless and you can spend a lot of time hunting around on the internet looking for outdoor team building ideas but as we mentioned in our indoor team building case study your group dynamics will need to be considered before making a decision.