We work with many organisations who understand the importance of providing opportunities to collaborate as a team.
Getting to know one another outside of the work environment, building relationships, re-connecting and understanding one another’s strengths and weaknesses.
Team building should be fun… most activities you choose will have ‘fun’ factored in.
But what about team building with purpose?
How about doing an activity that also means you are making a difference in your local community?
Charities are the obvious place to start but you should also consider social enterprises, community groups, schools and local authorities. Do your research and find out what is needed in your local area.
So why should volunteering be your team building activity of choice?
Taking time out from the office to work on a community project will help promote teamwork and togetherness. The whole team working to a common goal.
Your team will likely have to problem-solve as part of the activity. Working in unfamiliar territory and doing tasks that are unfamiliar will promote problem-solving.
Learning new skills while volunteering really depends on the type of activity you are doing. Gardening, helping others to learn how to use computers, reading to children where English is a second language – these activities will teach a new skill.
In business how often does your team feel and celebrate that sense of achievement? Through volunteering, your team will accomplish something together for the good of others and be able to celebrate their successes.
As a business, you will likely be thinking or delivering some ‘social good’ activity. This is an extension of your social responsibility, giving your team time out to work together and support others.
Create memories – take photos, talk about the stories, how your team worked together, let the hair down, have some banter.
Staff will be left feeling re-energised, de-stressed and motivated which can greatly increase employee productivity.
What do the big organisations have to say?
The RSPB (Royal Society for Protection of Birds) say that team volunteering can make a huge difference and the skills and time provided are extremely valuable to them.
“Volunteers can help us tackle jobs which would otherwise take our wardens days or even weeks to complete. Employee volunteering helps us to build community links and valuable business support. Many of our business volunteers return to our reserves with family and friends after their volunteer experience. Some volunteers have even joined as members and become lifelong supporters.”
Have a think about what’s important to your business and your team and choose your activity wisely.
We know it takes time and efforts to find the right project, we can help. If you’re located in Scotland we can do the work for you – we have lots of ways to provide team building with the opportunity to change lives.
To find out more, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.