Team building exercises can be a great opportunity for your team to get to know each other and develop a strong working rapport. You’ll learn new aspects of each other’s personalities, build trust and get to know each other on a different level – which will help you to work together. There are many activities that you can do when team building, such as cooking classes, go-carts, scavenger hunts and camp outs – but one of the best team building exercises is golf.
Even if everyone in your office is not a golfer, this sport can be a great way to bring everyone together. Golfing encourages you to think outside the box, overcome obstacles together, use resources effectively and working toward a goal. Also, a trip to a beautiful golfing resort will do wonders for employee job satisfaction and will improve morale. The team building day outdoors will help to energize and refuel your employees. There are many gorgeous resorts that offer Golf and Spa Breaks, so you might even want to throw in some pampering as part of the experience.
A great way to play golf with your team is to play a scramble stroke, which is where all the team members hit each shot. Then, they decide which is the best shot and all team members will hit the next shot from that spot. This will continue until the ball is in the hole. This is a great way of playing because it allows every team member to contribute where they can, which is the same spirit that you are looking to build at the workplace. Usually when playing scramble golf, the fewer rules the better and the atmosphere is quite casual so it is a lot of fun even if you are not an experienced golfer.
If many of your employees have not golfed before, you will want to start with a 9 hole course rather than an 18 hole one, as it would take too long for a group to complete 18 holes if they are not used to it.
So why should you consider golfing as a team building activity? Here are some of the reasons:
- Golf is a game where skill level varies, just like in an office environment. This will help people figure out how to teach each other and learn from each other.
- Most people can play golf – you don’t have to be exceptionally physically fit or a certain body type.
- Your team members will have to solve problems together, which will help them to learn those important problem solving skills and work together as a team.
- When you play in the stroke scramble format there is not a lot of pressure for the non-golfers to achieve the best score. You don’t expect them to be professionals, you can have fun and build team spirit together.
- Golfing is a great activity in the outdoors, which means that your team will be getting fresh air and sunlight – which are both awesome for boosting your brain’s productivity.
- You can reinforce the team building with awards. For example, you can give serious awards for the best performance as well as silly and fun awards such as best outfit, shortest drive, worst duffer, etc.
- When you are at the golf resort there are a lot of other fun things that your team can enjoy together, like sightseeing around the local area or having a meal and a few beers in the golf club bar. It can be a full weekend getaway with many experiences for everyone to enjoy.
- Golfing will provide positive reinforcement of teamwork and it will let your team members build inter-personal relationship bonds between each other that will help on the job.
- Your employees will have a chance to learn a new skill, which will bring them a lot of enjoyment in the future. They might even take up golf as a hobby after enjoying it so much at your team building event!
These are just a few of the reasons why golf makes such a great team building activity. Take a look at some of the nearby hotels that offer golf getaways, such as Carden Park near Chester, so that you and your staff can enjoy this great team building activity.