Advantages of Team Building Activities
Employees are a critical part of any business. If the business is to succeed, its employees must be invested in the growth and performance of themselves, their colleagues and their company. Employees are assets to a business, and just as with any asset, it’s important to value and grow them. One way to help cultivate a strong, cohesive team is through team building.
3 top reasons to engage in team building activities
Every company hopes to run as smoothly as possible and be as profitable as possible. Engaging in team building exercises helps to create a stronger bond between co-workers. This bond naturally leads to fewer disruptions in the workplace, giving rise to a smooth operation. When it comes to shared projects, the teams can better interact, working together to tap and develop creative ideas or on strategic problem solving thus increasing productivity.
Conflicts occur, there’s no getting around that. We are human beings after all and when many different personalities converge there are bound to be disagreements. As many businesses can attest, when those disagreements are not handled quickly and deftly, the entire company can be affected.
Team building exercises help to eliminate or at least reduce the angst that can arise with conflicts simply because people must work together toward a common goal in a relaxed, fun environment. Employees then get to understand each other on a personal level making disputes much easier to solve and less likely to occur.
Communication is a crucial key to success. In most team building challenges, employees are handed tasks to complete as a team. These challenges always require employees to work as a team. In order to manage these challenges, team members must learn to effectively communicate with each other. The idea, of course, is to learn and apply effective communication to enable cooperation not just during the team building exercise but also in the workplace.
Team building exercises that address trust and communication
The benefits of corporate team building run deep and wide. With a focus on collaboration, trust, motivation and just plain group fun, companies can discover far more about employees in an afternoon of team building than in several months in the office.
Let’s be honest though, mention the word team building and many employees cringe with thoughts of trust falls and plank walks. But, when your program happens to be in a luxury destination, and plays off and up the resort atmosphere, employees are much more apt to be excited to participate. Fortunately, Newport Beach, CA answers the call with several team building experiences that are sure to get groups engaged.
Team Sailing – With one of the largest recreational harbors in the country and a near perfect climate, Newport Beach offers an ideal location for teams to compete in a sailing regatta or a time trial. Whether they take the helm, hoist a sail, or handle a line, they’ll be working together, building trust, sharing responsibilities, and coaching each other on newly acquired skills.
Scavenger Hunt Newport Beach style – Hop onboard the quiet, comfortable electric Duffy boats for a scavenger hunt through Newport Harbor. This activity has teams racing through the water to retrieve clues, taking them to various landmarks around the harbor where they either collect scavenger hunt items or participate in mental team challenges to ‘win’ prizes. Duffy’s can also double as space for a relaxing cocktail cruise once the team challenge is complete.
Team Mixology – Certainly not a strenuous, roll up your sleeves activity but definitely one that requires creativity and communication. This activity is ideal either aboard a private yacht or beachside. Blend some tips, tricks, and trivia from a first-class mixologist with a bit of friendly competition and you have the perfect recipe for a tastefully chic team building adventure. Teams will mix, stir and swizzle their way to creative cocktail concoctions as they compete for a variety of ‘top shelf’ prizes.
Kayaking – Kayaking has the ability to appease a wide range of groups by offering either a relaxing and friendly competition amongst coworkers or the chance to rev up the internal engines and crank up the competition. Lucky for meeting planners, Newport Beach offers two areas perfect for either a challenging race or a relaxed rivalry. Challenges can take place in picturesque Newport Harbor or in the more serene Upper Back Bay Estuary.
When you’re ready to try a refreshing twist on traditional team building activities or are looking for the perfect fit for your next program, connect with the staff at Visit Newport Beach the destination marketing organization for Newport Beach, CA. Visit Newport Beach opens the doors to this coastal paradise with destination expertise, customized site visits, strong partnerships and resources that ease the planning process.