Real Outcomes Tailored for You

Case Study


Posted on , in ADVICE & TIPS and INSPIRATION and INSIGHTS, by

Surely irrelevant exercises aren’t more productive than the work itself… right?

Team building exercises are a way of stepping back and reflecting. They are metaphors for work, without any damaging consequences. Done well, exercises can boost morale, help employees learn how to better work with each other, and feel like play.

But it’s important to address the negative views on these exercises and why some people say they don’t work.


Mention team building exercises and you’ll get plenty of naysayers. Exercises have been called a waste of time, useless, awkward, and annoying. But people use “team building” to refer to anything from office trust exercises to happy hour with your coworkers.

While spending informal time with coworkers might help you get to know them, there’s a difference between effective team building exercises and simple recreation.


Socializing is not the same thing as team building. Exercises should have a concrete end-goal. Ideally, they require employees to make use of the same skills they need for their daily tasks. Team building exercises give employees the tools they need to work well together.

The confusion comes in when team building exercises are advertised as simply fun, casual downtime. It helps to have fun with your exercises, but fun isn’t the end goal. Recreation is unstructured and employees are left to engage as much or as little as they want. Team building exercises, however, involve all team members equally.

Team building exercises turn mere colleagues into a cooperative unit.



Before the activity begins, the CEO or someone in high-level management should clearly explain the purpose of any planned team-building exercises. The briefing is an important time to get everyone on board and on the same page. This is your chance to interest and excite any less-than-enthusiastic employees.


Remember, exercises aren’t unstructured time, so you should have a dedicated facilitator on the scene to keep teams on track. The facilitator can also address any complaints and draw clear connections between the exercises and employees’ day-to-day responsibilities.


One common team building mistake is to let employees finish without any wrap-up. At the end of your exercises, hold a debriefing and discussion. Invite employees to share thoughts on their experience, how they worked together as a team, and reflect on value gained from the exercise.


One-time team building exercises are useful, but in order to create long-term stability, you’ll need to bring these lessons back to work. Fortunately, you can continue to foster a team building mindset with a few simple tips.


Don’t stop all attempts at socializing after the team exercises are over. Showing genuine interest in your employees’ well-being and personal milestones can go a long way.

Encourage this behavior across the company by writing cards, celebrating with cake, or even bulletin board announcements. Physical reminders of your coworkers’ personal lives make it easier to remember there’s more to know about a person than their office title.


Team building exercises unite employees around a single, temporary goal. But the whole company should have a shared vision of where they’re headed and common goals that keep them working in unison. Consider putting departmental goals into place, or even encouraging friendly competition between sales teams to mimic the atmosphere of team building exercises.


Plan for more team building exercises at a later date. They don’t have to be frequent, but holidays and work anniversaries are great excuses to dedicate a little time to team building. Of course, be sure to adjust your exercises based on the needs of your team, recent workplace concerns, and the success of previously held exercises.

Team building exercises contribute to team spirit at work.


Team building exercises allow employees to get to know one another and become accustomed to working together. They provide tasks that mirror real work activities without any risk of failure.

Sure, your team might not survive the zombie apocalypse, but they’ll probably get over it soon.

Several benefits that can come out of team building exercises include:

  • Encouraging team spirit
  • Giving employees a stress-relieving outlet
  • Reinforcing company values and culture
  • Allowing time for reflection and suggestions
  • Boosting morale


While real team building happens over time, conducting exercises in the workplace can speed up the process. Leave space for team building activities and encourage your team to form a team mentality. Remember, team building exercises are an investment in your team as well as the well-being of your company.

Email us or call 02 8073 4416 to book a team building experience today.

Enquire Now

Enquire Now
Free consultation

As Seen On

Our Happy Clients

About Us

We transcend corporate barriers to create a feeling of belonging and appreciation.

Our tailored programs are unique, because we’re experts in Outdoor Education, Travel, Photography and all things fun!

Curious? For a quick, easy quote…


  • 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

  • Our team building weekend away with the UDU crew in North Sydney was an absolute fun fest. We were shown a very spectacular side of Sydney, and were thoroughly entertained by our gracious and very…

    - Nat - Melbourne

  • We just spent a wonderful weekend for our yearly team building retreat with Andy and “Dad” and I couldn’t recommend UDU more highly! From team building sessions, games, hiking, dolphin swimming…

    - Penny - Singapore

  • We had the most amazing time with UDU in the Royal National Park, thank you to Andy, Lex, Dee, Dave, Ken, ‘Dad’ and Ann. Everything was so well organised and such good fun. The food was delicious…


    - Laila - Ireland

  • UDU delivered in spades and worked closely with us to put together a secret programme together that would tick all the boxes. There were some fun team building exercises woven into the first day…

    - Mia - Sydney

  • Loved everything about this retreat. Andy and the rest of the guides where very lovely and knew a lot about the national park. They show you some pretty cool places and get you involved in some cool activities…

    - Jayne - Sydney

  • Andy was awesome! The food was tasty, the crew were fun and the whole experience was fantastic. I will do this again the next time I am in Sydney. Wonderful time!


    - Sophia - California

  • Incredible experience!!!I really enjoyed Garry’s insightful commentary, his historical and scientific anecdotes were very fascinating, on top of that he was funny! Mal the (cute) photographer was so patient with us…

    - Alice - Sydney

  • A great way to unwind, soak up the sun and the splendour of nature and explore the luscious beauty of the Australian bush. If you’re a city slicker, leave the concrete jungle for the real one, just for one day…


    - Fiona - Sydney

  • Fantastic experience. I would recommend this trip to everyone. Andy, Gary, Jon and Scott were wonderful. I loved sleeping on the beach and waking up to an awesome sunrise. The night photography was so much fun…

    - Steph - Brisbane

  • A really magical experience. Nothing like it, totally unique. It was very well organised and lots of fun. Loved it !!

    - Lisa - Sydney

  • Such a top night! Every entertaining evening. .the photos turned out AWEEEESOME!. 😀 go the light wars!!…

    - Deesh - Sydney

  • Brand new and exciting experience with plenty of moonlite adventures. All delivered with a frendliness and passion second to none. There was the good old fashioned story telling, plenty of good food, and…


    - Warren - Sydney