How outdoor adventure creates more effective teams and boosts morale and productivity
When someone says ‘team building’ to you, what do you think? Does it conjure up images of sitting round tables, while someone takes you through theoretical exercises that don’t bear any practical resemblance to your working life? Does the thought of spending time with your co-workers fill you with dread?
At Kippure Estate, we believe that in order for teams to work effectively together, they need to know how to have fun together while working towards a common goal. Being able to identify the key steps towards achieving a goal and utilising the right people in various tasks to accomplish those steps is crucial if you want to reach your business targets.
This is where outdoor team development comes in. By putting your team through a range of challenges, we help them discover their personal strengths and weaknesses and how to use their skills to maximum effect. You’ll be surprised at what you’re capable of when you’re taken outside of your comfort zone.
Outdoor team development really can transform your working environment and make a positive impact on productivity in very short time. When your staff come on our courses, they learn:
How to be confident and inspire confidence in others
In order to be successful in business, you need to have confidence in your ability to succeed. That’s why our various activities are all designed to teach you what’s possible when you put your mind to it. Imagine the rush of pride you’ll feel when you’re cooking food over a campfire you built yourself. Or how excited you’ll be when you’re competing in our MacGyver challenge against your colleagues in a variety of activities aimed at allowing all participants to show off their talents and abilities.
What’s more, you’ll learn how to support your teammates as you push them to succeed. Everyone has a positive contribution to make and you can’t complete tasks if you don’t work as a unit.
When you have a team that’s confident in its capabilities, you have a team that communicates effectively and is motivated to perform to the best of its ability at all times – and that’s exactly what your business needs.
How to set goals and achieve them
Whatever type of outdoor team development programme you choose, your staff will be faced with various scenarios that will require them to set targets and figure out the best way to reach them. This kind of creative thinking, combined with a drive to see projects through, teaches a wide range of skills that your business will benefit from in the long term. After all, if you can conquer our safe cracker challenge or complete our ultimate treasure hunt, you can do anything!
How to communicate effectively
It’s very easy to think that you’re a great communicator, but are you really getting your message across?
When you participate in our outdoor challenges, you quickly see whether your team are able to communicate with each other. Don’t worry if it turns out that they aren’t. By the time we’ve finished with them, everyone will know how to talk so that people will listen and listen to what other people have to say.
How to remember to have fun!
A happy team is a team that is motivated and inspired to do better. It’s the people around you that make all the difference to job satisfaction and when you’ve created unforgettable memories together, it builds closer bonds and makes it easier for everyone to appreciate the members of their team.
All our outdoor team building courses are customisable to suit your business needs, so whatever type of professional development your staff needs, our experienced instructors will support them in taking that next step. From team bonding and communication through to leadership skills and company ethos, outdoor programmes can make a world of difference to your company’s performance.
What are your experiences of team building exercises? Have you been on an outdoor team development course? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.