Great news: your staff pulled off a fantastic year! But how can you reward their achievements while inspiring future success?
Forget about in-office massage treatments and get your crew out of their element with an offsite team building adventure.
“UDU changed our lives! They took a bunch of lawyers under their wing and a long way out of our comfort zone, on a tailor-made weekend experience that included canoeing, trekking, climbing, swimming…”
– Michael, Sydney
WHY CHOOSE OFFSITE TEAM BUILDING?
Why go offsite, when you can bring in a motivational trainer or throw an office party in-house? What are the benefits of coordinating a destination-based staff retreat? Following, we’ve compiled seven compelling reasons why sending your staff to an adventure-based, offsite team building program will provide bountiful returns. Read on!
1. NEW ENVIRONMENT, NEW MINDSET
Your staff are disciplined, and they associate the office with work. When your team participates in an offsite team building event, they learn to interact and problem-solve without the high stakes and repercussions involved with real-world responsibilities. How does this benefit your team, when responsibility is key? Taking the “work” element out of these exercises allows them to explore creative thinking in a fun, low-stakes environment.
2. BUILD AN EMPLOYEE COMMUNITY
Do your employees work remotely? Are you trying to establish camaraderie between departments that only interact through expense reports and e-mail threads? When your employees make personal connections, they’re better equipped to interact with their colleagues. This also helps build friendships and working relationships that are infused with compassion and integrity.
3. FREEDOM FROM DISTRACTION
Offsite team building retreats allow your staff to set aside work responsibilities and break free from family obligations. For the duration of your event, your team will be immersed in an exciting environment. Here, they can give themselves permission to focus on the insights and lessons they experience.
There’s no temptation to “sneak away” to send off a client e-mail, or rush home to check on the family. The continuous break from everyday routines and responsibilities allows your staff to remain focused on the spirit of team building.
4. OFFSITE = NEUTRAL TERRITORY
Every company has its hierarchies, be they among individual employees or departments. Put your employees in neutral territory and allow them to challenge their perceptions in a new setting. Does your sales team place enough value on your logistics department?
Bringing your staff together at an offsite team building event removes the “superstar” status, encouraging them to view one another as individuals as they work together to achieve immediate, tangible results.
5. LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD
When you transport your team to neutral territory, you also offer your employees the chance to explore new strengths. Your offsite team building event removes the focus from in-office roles and allows your team to recognize one another’s hidden talents.
The quietest member of your design team, for example, might unveil extraordinary communication skills when faced with an orienteering task. Your branch manager might become more comfortable asking for help in a belaying exercise than he does relegating tasks at his office.
When you allow your staff to break out of their everyday roles, they have the opportunity to reveal skills which may otherwise go unnoticed, apply imaginative solutions to discovered weaknesses, and come away with greater confidence in themselves and their colleagues.
6. INSPIRING DESTINATIONS
Unique Team Building organises custom-tailored programs across Australia, as well as its nearby overseas destinations. Select an exciting destination that offers your employees a once-in-a-lifetime experience worthy of their hard work.
Whether you’re planning a one-day event outside the city or a weeklong retreat across the continent, UTB’s flexible options make the most of your chosen destination.
7. FORGE UNIQUE AND LASTING MEMORIES
Your staff will come away with wonderful memories that will continue to provide inspiration. As conflicts arise, your staff can draw upon the shared experiences from their team building program not only as a reminder of their enhanced problem-solving skills but of the interpersonal connections they made among their colleagues.
TO SUM UP
Your employees see each other every day, but how well do they know one another? Break the routine. Shake things up.
When we step out of the boundaries of our normal roles, in our everyday environments, we take for granted the potential inside each of our co-workers, and inside ourselves.
Unique Team Building can help streamline the travel planning, leaving you with time to focus on selecting the personalised program best suited to your goals. Contact us for inspiration that matches your company’s budget, and meets your expectations for employee growth.