The benefits of teamwork are undeniable. According to Kwintessential, an international business services company, “business success is now more and more about creating and nurturing strong relationships with international and multicultural colleagues.” It’s simple really, when employees work well together, the company benefits.
Some managers consider teamwork building outings a waste of time. It’s true that some activities aimed at building teamwork may seem ridiculous and borderline ineffective, but outdoor options have surged in popularity amongst corporate groups and are seen as the preferred way to promote real, tangible teamwork.
Teamwork building trips no longer mean traveling to a vacation destination with your peers and being forced to stay indoors in a stuffy conference room, listening to someone whom you’ve never met, telling you how you should work together and how much more productive you will be after the bonding session.
So what’s the newest teambuilding trend? A day trip on a historic handcrafted dhow, sailing in the tranquil settings of the Wasini Channel with carefree dolphins swimming along, exploring the marine life and colourful corals through snorkelling and scuba diving, enjoying a lazy seafood lunch with plentiful fresh crab and drinks, and sailing back to the shore as the sun sets on the endless horizon – now that’s a teambuilding session courtesy of Charlie Claw’s in Mombasa.
Organizational specialists suggest that team building and learning how to work together as a team in outdoor environments is the ideal way of bringing a company together. Relaxing, fun, adventurous and memorable – 12 hours stuck on a dhow with your colleagues in a picturesque setting is the best way to learn how to enjoy each other’s company without the mandatory politeness of a rigid corporate environment, and surely, by the end of the day, tanned and relaxed, you would’ve been able to work out all your issues.
So, next time you’re planning a teambuilding trip on behalf of your company, remember that when you’re told to do something, you may forget; but when you’re involved, you’ll understand. Find a memorable destination and hands-on activity that your group of colleagues can experience together.
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Photo Credits: Susan Wong