‘Back to Basics’ – Rediscovering the Benefits of Low Impact Teambuilding Activities
In today’s fast paced society, and with people seeking bigger thrills aided by the ever increasing progression of technology, it seems the classic, low impact teambuilding activities have been lost to more modern, adrenaline fuelled activities such as high ropes challenges, climbing, 4×4 driving or laser clay pigeon shooting.
At Kippure Estate, we appreciate the demand for high impact challenges, and satisfy the need for obtaining that ‘buzz’ through our extensive High & Low Ropes courses, Sky Trek/ Zip Line & Paintball, yet we still understand the importance of the traditional low impact teambuilding activities. Utilising our very popular ‘Final Countdown’ option, our professional, experienced staff can design and deliver a highly beneficial and motivational teambuilding programme for groups.
Participants take the experiences gained from taking part in various team orientated activities where they bond with their colleagues in a more social environment and bring these experiences back to the workplace. People see their fellow work mates in situations beyond the realm of the office and through participation in these team activities, may see traits exposed that they have never observed in the workplace. For example, Paul the quiet guy in accounts may come out of his shell and reveal a great sense of humour that promotes a sense of camaraderie amongst his team, or Sue the receptionist could show strong leadership skills in certain tasks. These shared experiences help break down the barriers commonly found between employees. Other benefits include promoting creativity amongst participants, communication skills are developed, natural leaders come to the fore and the activities serve as a great morale booster for the employees taking part.
These more traditional soft skill tasks that we incorporate into our ‘Final Countdown’ programme are based on the concept of ‘total inclusion’ whereby all participants are able to take part in the activities regardless of their physical abilities/ fitness, or fears/anxieties that they may have towards the day. Participants use the situations and challenges they experience, learn from their responses, and then link their actions back to situations in the workplace. For example, the puzzle/tanagram tasks provide a metaphor in that participants realise that if they take a step back and look at the bigger picture, they can solve a problem and accomplish their goal in a few short calculated moves as opposed to dismantling and restarting the task, thus enabling greater efficiency. A further example is the use of the blindfold challenges which encourage trust between team members and promote precise communication, more accurate directions and enhance better listening skills in order to succeed.
A good team makes all the difference to any company. Teambuilding activities help a team achieve more and it also helps a team bond better.