Employee Experience

7 Company Outing Ideas That Foster Teamwork

The idea of company outings and retreats may send shivers down your spine, but there are plenty of reasons why investing in  team-building activities is beneficial for your company. They are the top choice for employers who want to help their team relax while building trust and engagement outside of the office.

Team activities teach your employees to work together effectively and efficiently. Your team will learn to improve their processes while identifying policies and procedures that may have halted productivity in the past.

These types of outings will challenge your employees while inspiring them to offer creative solutions at the office. They can also help build trust amongst your team while encouraging them to bond with each other.

Doing something fun with your peers outside the office can also increase employee satisfaction and build morale.

To see these results, employers should choose their outings carefully and keep the needs of their workforce in mind. Your team is comprised of a diverse group of individuals who have different interests, hobbies, and abilities, so it’s important that you try to avoid situations where your employees might feel excluded or uncomfortable.

We’ve put together a list of some engaging and interesting ideas that your team will look forward to after their work week is over. 

Kayaking/Canoeing 

Taking your team kayaking or canoeing is a great way to encourage your team to work together by getting them out of their usual comfort zones. This activity is perfect for spring or summer and can even boost productivity, with research showing that employees who spent 2.5 hours a week being physically active were more satisfied with the quantity and quality of their work.  This type of activity can also encourage bonding between different team members by having your team pair off with those they don’t normally work with.

Kart Racing

Gather your team together for a fun form of racing that is sure to bring out the competitive spirit in your team. This type of outing will get everyone’s adrenaline pumping and can encourage your team members to interact with one another in a way that they haven’t in the past.

Most go-kart companies offer catering and other games and activities for those who aren’t racing or are waiting for their turn, so no one misses out This gives every team member an opportunity to engage in some fun activities and do something outside the norm.

Volunteering

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding experiences that your team can do as it helps others in need while encouraging your team members to interact and bond with each other. Choose volunteer opportunities that your team is passionate about and try to find options that cater to shared interests among your employees. 

Taking some time away from the office to support a good cause will help your employees come back to work energized, knowing they did something good for the community. There are hundreds of amazing volunteer opportunities for your company to support, such as helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house, volunteering your company’s skills to the homeless, or supporting a soup kitchen for a few hours. Volunteering has many benefits, not only will it make your team feel good about themselves, it can also help improve your company’s visibility and reputation for being socially responsible.

Room Escape Games

Room escape games are a novel twist on company outings for your team. They offer a unique and intriguing physical game where your team will have to work together to solve a variety of puzzles to escape the room within one hour.

This activity can help your team bond while encouraging teamwork, leadership, logic, creativity, and patience as your employees work together to escape the room. It’s also a great way to highlight and show appreciation for each team member’s strengths.

Sailing

Corporate sailing could easily be one of the best team building outings that you can choose. This activity allows employees of any age or strength level to participate.

Sailing also offers a constantly changing environment that is similar to an office setting. Learning how to sail will help your team members develop collaborative and decision-making skills.

Most of your team won’t know how to sail so they will need to learn new skills as a cohesive unit, focusing on new relationships with their co-workers as they solve problems in a fun and challenging environment. 

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a great way to mobilize your team to build their creative problem-solving expertise while boosting their morale. Rock climbing, either indoors or outdoors, requires communication as well as listening skills and stress management abilities.

Your team will pair up with each other to work towards a common goal, with one person providing belay while they support their climbing co-worker. They comprehensive dynamic will usually carry over into the office in the form of trust and mutual support. 

Paintball

Paintball is fast moving,meaning your employees will need to think quick and exercise some solid teamwork. In fact, paintball shares many commonalities with an office environment, where the circumstances can quickly change without any notice.

The pressure and competition of this activity encourages teamwork and communication while pushing your team to take considered risks. You will find that this activity will appeal to many of your employees’ adventurous side and will bring renewed energy back to the office. 

Final Thoughts

Team outings can create a company culture that fosters team building, creativity, and productivity. Ultimately, team outings are about building your team up so that they are encouraged to work with each other through the daily grind. Choose activities that your employees will enjoy and excel at to bring out the best team that an employer can ask for.