If you’re trying to decide which summer team building event is right for your people, you may want to consider an outdoor active team building event.

Getting your team outdoors for some wet and inflatable fun could be just the thing to reignite some company passion and increase team morale.

Whilst there are occasions where business-led team building events are more useful and serve to improve vital skills required in any company, there is also a time for some fun and frolics without a serious agenda or trying to impress anyone.

Active team building is fantastic for building confidence, increasing trust and allowing everyone to let their hair down in a neutral setting, where for once rank and management level are not important.

This level playing field allows bridges to be built between colleagues and helps to break down any perceived barriers.  If you mix up the teams with people from different parts of the company, active team building events can help to improve working relationships between different departments.  If you choose to have departments form their own teams, then a little bit of healthy competition will add some spice to the occasion.

Choose from retro favourites such as It’s A Knockout or Battle of the Superstars, or take yourselves way back with our School Sports Day inspired active team building event.  Whichever event you choose you can be guaranteed that everyone will have a blast, and most will probably get rather wet!

To get even more out of your summer team building event, why not insist that everyone comes in fancy dress, or better still, link the occasion with a chance to raise money for your favourite charity.

The British summer is short and sweet so you need to act fast if you want your teams to participate in an outdoor team building event this year.

 

Outdoor teambuilding

Motivation is an important element for any business. If a team isn’t motivated, then they will just plod along doing the bare minimum and clock watch until it’s time to go home. Ultimately, unmotivated people will be unhappy in their work and be much more likely to leave.

Conversely a motivated team go above and beyond their job description. They want to succeed and strive to be the best they can. They enjoy their jobs immensely and have great pride in what they do. However, all teams could use a little help from time to time to improve motivation. Whilst individuals may well be motivated, often team motivation needs a helping hand. Ideas for team building which focus on team spirit and working together towards a shared goal will help to motivate any team.

The best types of team building events for motivation should be enjoyable and fun. Importantly, they should be something that everyone in the team will be capable of and whilst challenged, not be so far out of their comfort zone that they participate in under duress.

Team Apprentice

Business-related team building events such as Team Apprentice or Investors Den help teams to hone vital work related skills as well as pull together to achieve the set task.

Motivational ideas for team building

Investors Den

Treasure hunts are fun and fast paced and require all team members to put their all into the event to be the winning team.

However, ideas for team building to improve motivation don’t need to be business related. Sometimes a little frivolity and silliness is just the ticket to get everyone motivated and increase team spirits. Our range of inflatable outdoor team building events offer a chance for everyone to get outside, race around like loons and embrace their inner child – perfect for raising motivation!

Outdoor teambuilding activity

If you’d like to talk to us to hear more ideas for team building with your group then call 0800 083 or fill in our contact form and we’ll call you straight back!

With summer not too far away, it is time to start thinking about team building games that your people can enjoy outside.   Outdoor team building games are great fun for all, they are also ideal opportunities to get not only all of your staff together, but also invite their families along for a family fun day.


Read more about team building games.


Here’s a list of some of our favourite team building games for summer:

School Sports Day

A trip down memory lane and a chance to get dressed up, our School Sports Day has all of the classic races involved such as the egg and spoon race, sack race and three-legged race.

This outdoor team building game is great for charity events and family fun days.

It’s A Knockout Total Wipeout

Water, inflatables and foam create a fast-paced and hilarious outdoor team building game which will have your people talking about for years to come.

This event can be held anywhere in Europe if you’d rather part-take in the event in a sunnier clime.

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Battle of the Superstars

This adrenalin-packed event is perfect for large groups where several teams can compete against each other, brilliant for adding a healthy dose of inter-departmental competition.

Teams will undergo a series of unique sporting tasks including water, track and field events.

Game of Knights

Watched the TV show Game of Thrones and love the thought of Knights battling? Then this hugely popular outdoor team building game inspired by the show will be right up your street.

Teams will need to be able to build their own castle, create their own standard and suit of armour and then defend their territory against each other.

If you’d like more information on which outdoor team building games would be best suited for your particular group then fill out our contact form and we’ll call you back or call us on 0800 083 1172 to speak to our events team immediately.

outdoor team building events

Outdoor team building events can breathe life into your teams! Getting outside, moving around and having fun while working as a team works wonders for team morale. We are experts in outdoor team building events, take a look at our Outdoor Events section or if you prefer to speak to one of our events team then call on 0800 083 1172 or fill in our very quick contact form and we’ll contact you at a suitable time.

Let’s take a look at three very popular outdoor team building events!

Corporate School Sports Day

School Sports day: There’s nothing like our School Sports Day to give your team the opportunity to let their hair down and have some good old fashioned fun – with the hidden benefit of team bonding and an injection of energy.

Crystal maze team building events

The Crystal Maze: Popular for the event’s organiser wants their team outdoors but still a hands on problem-solving and communication improving event. With our superb finale taking place in our inflatable Crystal Maze dome, it’s a fantastic event that everyone has fun with.

 

Game of Knights; With the Game of Thrones riding high as one of the most popular TV shows ever, our Game of Knights gives your teams the chance to get their hands dirty and see if they can complete a series of noble challenges.

If you’d like more information on any of these events or if you’re not sure what would work for your team then please just give our events team a call and we’ll be happy to give you some impartial advice. Call on 0800 083 1172 or complete our contact form and we’ll be in contact within the hour.

Fun Outdoor Team Building Events can have a Lasting Impact on Team Morale and Performance

Team Motivation

Team building events can sometimes be regarded with caution, often thought of as a waste of time or simply a chance to get out of the office, we wholeheartedly disagree.  Team building events can be used for a variety of reasons and with forethought and the right event, your team can benefit hugely from attending. Here are some of the top reasons to host a team building event for your staff:

Following a business restructure

Change management, redundancies, takeovers and mergers all have an effect on staff.  Morale tends to be quite low when companies undergo major restructuring and many members of the workforce can feel quite mistrustful of their new leaders and even workers on the same level as them.

Outdoor teambuilding

A team building event is a great way to introduce new and old staff.  It allows people to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal setting while showcasing their skill sets to the new management.

Old rivalries can be put aside as everyone has to work together to accomplish the goal set in the team building event, which in turn will help to quickly establish trust.

Bringing field employees together

In some large firms, there may be teams where the individuals haven’t actually met each other due to the geographical locations they work in.  A team building event is a great way to bring these colleagues together so they can finally put a face to the name they’ve been emailing all these years.

As well as being fun and proactive, a team building event will help these colleagues share their best working practices and ideas and improve their networking skills.

Fun team activities

Adding on to another corporate event

A corporate event such as a conference or seminar can be long drawn out days where from time to time, even the best speaker may find that they are losing the attention of the delegates.   Interspersing the day with some short, fun and informal team building events will help to keep everyone energised, interested and help to break the ice between different delegates.  These types of add-on team building events can be tailored to your exact business needs to reinforce your company message or mission statement, or simply be an element of fun to lift spirits.

Forge better working relationships between departments

Often teams only concentrate on their own roles and targets, forgetting that a successful company requires different teams and departments to work together.  A team building event can be an extremely useful tool to improve communication and aid inter-departmental relationships.

World Cup Team Events

To reward staff

Whether it is a Christmas party to remember or to reward your team for a job well done, a team building event can be a fantastic way to thank your staff.

Family fun days and summer outdoor team building events are great fun and are great ways of raising morale and allowing everyone to let their hair down.

Call us today on 0800 083 1172 or fill in our contact form and let’s start planning your next successful and fun outdoor event.

Country Pursuits5Are you getting set to partake in an outdoor team building event? If so, be prepared for a day that’s quite different from your regular work routine. Check out these valuable tips to be prepared for a day of fun and (hopefully) sun with your coworkers:

Day in and day out, many of us trod to work and experience the same old office environment, which quickly becomes a familiar, comfortable routine. Team building events are designed to try to break up that monotony in a workforce and really get teams excited about their work and roles once again.

Particularly with the record hot summer we’ve been having in the UK, many businesses have been opting for outdoor team building events, since the added extreme “climate change” from an indoor office to outdoor climes is the perfect opportunity to really invigorate a workforce. That being said, there’s plenty to prepare for before your outdoor team building excursion.

Crystal Maze 5Brave The Elements of Outdoor Team Building Events

As mentioned, the warm weather affords businesses a prime opportunity to get a workforce outside, far, far away from the mundane environs of the office. If you’re going on an outdoor team building event, however, you have to come prepared to brave the elements. If you’re thinking that walking out the door will be the same as it is every day going to the office, then thing again.

Sunscreen is a definite necessity, particularly if you have fair skin that burns easily. remember that, even on a partly or mostly cloudy day, the summer sun can leave you with a burn, especially if your team building event is set to run for a good portion of the day (and during midday).

Along these lines, a brimmed hat isn’t a bad idea, either. Often times, outdoor events are held in fields and in places where there is very little shade. There is a good chance that a lunch break could take place in a tent or even inside a venue, but for the most part, you’ll be braving the sun for much of the day.

With summer sun comes heat, so being sure to wear cool, breathable clothing also makes a lot of sense. Sometimes businesses keep the theme of an event a secret, but try and find out if your event will involve any water. If so, the obligatory swimsuit should be a part of your ensemble, with it being easiest to wear it under your regular clothing. The idea of not having to “button up” and go to the office can take some getting used to, but just enjoy it!

Finally, when it comes to the elements, know that whatever kind of event you’ll be doing, it will probably involve some degree of athletics. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be running a triathlon, but making sure you have athletic sneakers or running shoes is a good idea as well.

team building event - it's a knockoutPrepare Your Mind

It isn’t just your body that will be in for a change on the day of your outdoor team building event; such a dramatic shift in your workday can also throw you for a bit of a loop. Of course, this is in part the whole idea of a team building event: get people out of their element and thinking differently. However, it’s important to prepare yourself for the excursion so that you can get as much out of it as possible.

The first step is to get a good night of sleep. Seeing the outdoor team building event day as part of the “extended weekend” can be a major thinking error; hitting the pub hard the night before and getting in late, thinking that you won’t have to perform can be a recipe for disaster. Remember: your company is paying for this event, and they expect their employees to particulate in it properly. Thus, get a good night of sleep. In fact, try to get to sleep even earlier than you normally do, since you’ll probably be exerting yourself more vigorously than usual the next day.

It's a Knockout

BJSS enjoy It’s a Knockout at Whittlebury Park

Second, once you are at the event, try to clear your mind of what normally concerns you at work. every day as I begin work, I’m filled with a kind of dread for things that I know I have to get done. If you feel the same way, then the day of your outdoor team building event is a day to leave that feeling behind. Going into the experience with an open mind and a sense of fun and ease is critically important.

Finally, try to look at your coworkers in a different light. You may in fact have likes and dislikes in the office that have much less to do with people’s personalities, and more about how people perform while at work. Now, in the midst of a fun outdoor team building experience, you’re bound to see them in a different light. It’s a wonderful chance to put to rest any preconceived notions you have about your co-workers, and begin to build new, more productive professional relationships.

Thanks for reading our article! Be sure to check out the wide range of UK-based outdoor team building events that Accolade has to offer!

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