We’ve talked about the advantages of taking work out of the office in an earlier blog post. Team building is a very specific element of this, and something companies now embrace as part of the working calendar.
Team building days are designed to improve social interaction between colleagues, enabling them to work together more effectively. “The team that plays together, stays together”.
Employees work as a group to complete challenging tasks, and in doing so develop better working relationships. And it’s true – a change is as good as a rest. Even though you will be working, a team build day always has the jolly-yet-slightly-anarchic air of a school trip, which cannot fail to boost morale. A team build day is a great way to reward your team, and they will return to the workplace the next day certainly knowing their colleagues better, and most importantly, feeling more motivated.
Teamwork aside, our activities are also personally rewarding for those who take part. There is great satisfaction to be had in picking up a ball instead of a phone; and after a day of a wide variety of activities, even those who were apprehensive about the whole idea will be screaming at their opponents as their team wins on the assault course.
Building bridges out of paperclips and cardboard is are often cited examples of a rather hackneyed team-building exercise. However, at The Cornwall, we have come up with a few suggestions. Using us as a base, here are some team building ideas we have other ideas.
There are several team-building offers here at The Cornwall. We can run a tennis coaching and tennis tournament activity. Don’t worry – our tennis coach, Pete makes sure everyone learns, has fun, and gains confidence. Add a revitalising lunch in The Juice Bar and a refreshing dip in The Clearing Spa’s pool afterwards, and you have a wonderful team day.
We also hold “boot camp” training sessions, led by our coaches Pete and Petra, which can be adapted for team days. Held outdoors, these challenging sessions make good use of The Cornwall’s vast woodland and grounds. If this all sounds a bit too much like hard work, we can always organise a croquet tournament on the lawn with accompanying cream tea.
If you like the idea of sports-based team building, the Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre is right on our doorstep. As well as many aquatic activities, they also offer an introduction to bush craft day, if you like the idea of the team getting down and dirty, Bear Grylls-style…
Another near neighbour, The Eden Project, offers a business development programme. Their team will work with you to devise activities that deliver exactly what you need – and their suggestions sound great fun. How about den building in a biome, or working on some live community projects? They can also arrange inspiring guest speakers to come and talk with your team. Then, back to us in the evening for some additional bonding over dinner and drinks…
Slightly further away is Philleigh Way on the Roseland does a foraging day – find food in the morning, eat it in the afternoon – perfect. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is very popular in Cornwall at the moment – try the Ocean Sports Centre near St Ives who can arrange a group session.
Those are just a few ideas. We’re in a great location as a base for all sorts of team days; and even if you don’t carry out your activities here, we can help you organise it, and provide your team with delicious food and comfy beds! If you’re planning a team building session, please give us a ring – we’ll help you design a day that will be enjoyed and remembered by all.