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Team Building Opportunities Out Of The Office

Team Building Opportunities Out Of The Office

Think team-building opportunities must take place within the confines of your workplace or a stuffy, corporate conference hall? Think again. Come rain or shine, there’s plenty of opportunities to bond with your team away from the formal structure of the office. Corporate events don’t just benefit employees – they can help to build a great culture within your company and boost motivation too. Here are some team building opportunities out of the office ;

1.Organise a sports day

Inspired by Team GB’s Olympic success? Inspire your team and get them motivated by organising a sports day. You might be able to book a sports pitch for free; if not, an outdoor team-building exercise needn’t break the bank. Invest in some basic equipment (footballs, tennis racquets etc), pick a sunny day and enjoy an activity day together as a team. This event should help break down barriers between team members and encourage them to have fun and win together.

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2.White water rafting

What better way to escape from the stresses and strains of the office than a day out white water rafting. After London 2012, rafting has become more popular in the UK and it’s a great choice for a corporate away day. As well as a day of fun-packed water thrills, combine the day with breakfast and a BBQ lunch as well as some motivational speeches.

There are a number of places you can go rafting in the UK, most notably the Lea Valley White Water Centre. There’s also the National White Water Rafting Centre and Whitewater Active.

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3.Volunteering

Want to have fun and do some good at the same time? Then give volunteering a try. It not only benefits the community, it benefits your business too, it helps you develop a strong, inspired and committed team.

Whether you and your team volunteer at a homeless shelter, deliver gifts to a hospital, help with a local event or something else entirely, giving your time to support a cause is a great way for you all to bond. Try Employee Volunteering and Time Bank for ways into corporate volunteering opportunities.

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4.Learn a new skill

Whether it’s cocktail making, scavenging, cooking, DIY or something completely different, heading out with your team to learn a new skill and bond is a great idea. You could even make it work-based – if you’re an IT firm, why not run an afternoon course in coding? That way, you’ll all be having fun whilst learning something new and applicable too. Find courses here.

5.Have a karaoke night

Hey, why not? Even the most reticent of team members might drop their guards for this one! There are karaoke bars all over, but if you can’t find one, simply buy a cheap microphone and stick Spotify on. Sometimes, when it comes to team-building, it’s the simplest ideas that are the best. Heading to a karaoke bar for a few drinks and prizes could be the best way for your team to truly get on.

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6.Treasure hunt

Split your employees up into teams, give them an envelope with clues in it and off they go! Companies like Wildgoose and Chillisauce offer treasure hunt activities for corporate events, or you could organise one yourself pretty easily.

7.A spot of trampolining

If someone tells you they don’t like trampolining, they’re probably lying. Well, maybe. Encourage your team to embrace their inner child with a day out jumping up and down on bouncy things. It’s great fun and a good team-building exercise too!

There are more team building activities, that can build your team strong, but these are just a few to mention, why not try one out ?

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

7 Signs of an Unhappy Relationship That Makes You Feel Stuck

Relationships are complicated and when you’re unhappy, it can be difficult to tell what’s causing it and what needs to change.

Sometimes it’s as easy as opening up to your partner about your problems, while other times it may be necessary to switch partners or roll solo to get your mind straight.

When you’re in the thick of things, it can be difficult to tell if you’re unhappy in your relationship or just unhappy in general (in which case, a relationship may be just the cure you need).

Here’re signs of an unhappy relationship that is possibly making you feel stuck:

1. You’re depressed about your home life.

No matter what you do in life, you’re going to have good and bad days. Your relationship is no different.

However, no matter what you’re going through at home, you have to feel comfortable in your own home.

If you constantly dread going home because your significant other is there, there’s a problem. Maybe it’s something you already know about, everyone has an argument or just needs some alone time.

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When that yearning to be alone becomes an insatiable obsession over the course of months and years, it’s time to realize you’re not the exception to the rule.

You’re unhappy in your relationship, and you need to take a look in the mirror and do whatever it takes to make yourself smile.

2. You aren’t comfortable being yourself.

Remember all those things you discovered about yourself when you first got together? The way your partner made you feel when you met that made you fall in love with him or her in the first place.

If they don’t make you feel that way anymore, it’s not the end of the world. If your partner makes you uncomfortable about being you, then her or she is only dragging you down. It’s up to you to decide how to handle that.

You need to be comfortable with who you are. This means being comfortable in your skin and with the way you walk, talk, look, breath, move, and all the other things that make you uniquely you.

If the person who supposedly loves you doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, know that you can do better. They’re not even one in a billion.

3. You can’t stop snooping.

Mutual trust is necessary in any relationship. The only way to get that trust is with respect.

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I can find you anywhere online, no matter how private and secure you think you are. The odds of you having a password I can’t crack are slim. If we’ve met in person, I could install a remote key logger on your device without even touching it.

Finding your information online hardly takes a clandestine organization. Any idiot with a Wi-Fi-enabled device can cyberstalk you. I’m just the only idiot in the village admitting it.

So now that we know everyone snoops, it’s time to address your personal habits. Governments snoop because they don’t trust us. If you’re snooping on your partner, it’s because you don’t trust them.

It’s ok to have doubts, and it’s perfectly normal to look into anything that looks weird, but keep in mind that data collection is only half of an investigation.

If you find yourself constantly snooping and questioning everything, clearly there’s a trust issue and the relationship likely needs to end.

4. You’re afraid of commitment.

If you’ve been dating longer than a year and you aren’t engaged, it’s never going to happen.

Commitment is important. People will come up with a million ways to describe why they can’t be committed.

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No matter who you are if you like it, you need to put a ring on it. Find an engagement ring, stick a gemstone in it and marry the person. If you’re not legally able to get married or you don’t believe in it for one reason or another, have a child (or adopt one, however you’re able to) or treat your partner’s family like your own. It’s a huge financial and mental commitment.

If you’re not ready for one or the other after some time, don’t waste anymore of your precious life on the relationship.

Your relationship should be something that propels you forward. If it’s not going anywhere, make it an open relationship and call it what it is—dating multiple people.

5. You imagine a happier life without your partner.

If all you’re doing is imagining a happier life without your partner, it’s a sign that you’re in the wrong relationship. You’re unhappy and you need to get out.

Your partner should be included in your dreams. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a future with someone.

Try to remember what you dreamed of before you got your heart broken by the realities of life, love and the pursuit of human success.

Remember when you would crush on that cute kid in class? You would secretly imagine marrying him or her and going on an adventure—that’s the way life should be.

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If you’re not at least imagining adventures together, then why are you in that relationship?

6. You resent, rather than love your partner.

When a relationship starts to crumble, you begin to resent your partner for all the things you once loved about him or her.

When you’ve reached this point, your partner has reached at least No. 2 on this list. From your partner’s perspective, your unhappiness with them is picked up as bashing them for being who they are.

If you’re both unhappy in the relationship, it’s better if it ends as quickly and painlessly as possible.

7. You chase past feelings.

It’s okay to reminisce about the past, but if all you do is wish things were like they used to be, it’s a sign you’re not on the right path.

You’re unhappy and, at the very least, you need to have an open dialogue about it. This isn’t necessarily a sign that the relationship should end, but it definitely needs a spark.

When you talk to your partner candidly about what it is you’re looking for, you never know how they’ll react. The risk alone is worth it, good or bad.

Final thoughts

If you’re feeling stuck in your current relationship, it’s time to reflect about it with your partner. Don’t ignore these signs of an unhappy relationship as they will slowly go worse and harm both you and your partner in long-term.

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