The importance of team off sites

Creating​ ​a​ ​dynamic​ ​in​ ​the​ ​workplace​ ​that​ ​fosters​ ​teamwork​ ​often​ ​means​ ​thinking​ ​outside​ ​the box​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​physically​ ​stepping​ outside​ ​the​ ​“box”​ ​in​ ​which​ ​you​ ​work.​ ​

Isolating​ ​an​ ​employee​ ​inside​ ​of​ ​a cubicle​ ​40​ ​hours​ ​a​ ​week​ ​is​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​beneficial​ ​to​ ​the​ ​employee​ ​or​ ​the​ ​team​ ​as​ ​a​ ​whole.​ ​In​ ​fact,​ ​getting your​ ​team​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​familiar​ ​four​ ​walls​ ​and​ ​into​ ​a​ ​stimulating​ ​environment​ ​can​ ​inspire​ ​employees and​ ​prosper​ ​business.

At​ ​The​ ​Odigo​ ​Group,​ ​our​ ​goal​ ​for​ ​our​ ​clients​ ​is​ ​to​ ​“bridge​ ​the​ ​gap​ ​and​ ​drive​ ​results”​ ​no​ ​matter what​ ​the​ ​specific​ ​need​ ​is.​ ​Helping​ ​our​ ​clients​ ​execute​ ​how​ to ​bridge​ ​the​ ​gap​ ​between​ ​team​ ​members​ ​with the​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​driving​ ​positive​ ​team​ ​dynamics​ ​or​ ​increased​ ​productivity​ ​is​ ​no​ ​exception.

When​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​getting​ ​employees​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​office​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​team​ ​dynamics,​ ​we​ ​believe there​ ​are​ ​two​ ​important​ ​types​ ​of​ ​off​ ​site​ ​activities:​ ​team​ ​bonding​ ​and​ ​team​ ​business​ ​planning.

Team​ ​bonding​ ​will​ ​not​ ​only​ ​boost​ ​the​ ​morale​ ​of​ ​the​ ​team​ ​members​ ​but​ ​can​ ​also​ ​motivate employees​ ​to​ ​be​ ​more​ ​dedicated​ ​to​ ​their​ ​company.​ ​​ ​Team​ ​bonding​ ​activities​ ​send​ ​the​ ​message​ ​that​ ​they are​ ​a​ ​valued​ ​asset​ ​worthy​ ​of​ ​investing​ ​in,​ ​and​ ​if​ ​employees​ ​feel​ ​valued​ ​they​ ​will​ ​value​ ​their​ ​company more.​ ​Some​ ​examples​ ​of​ ​team​ ​bonding​ ​activities​ ​are​ ​taking​ ​the​ ​team​ ​on​ ​a​ ​special​ ​retreat,​ ​getting​ ​box seats​ ​at​ ​a​ ​baseball​ ​game,​ ​a​ ​ropes​ ​course,​ ​a​ ​dinner​ ​cruise,​ ​or​ ​even​ ​offering​ ​an​ ​incentive​ ​for​ ​volunteering outside​ ​the​ ​workplace​ ​as​ ​a​ ​team.

The​ ​goal​ ​behind​ ​an​ ​of​ ​an​ ​off-site​ ​team​ ​business​ ​planning​ ​activity​ ​is​ ​similar​ ​to​ ​that​ ​of​ ​team bonding​ ​activity​ ​except​ ​for​ ​the​ ​execution​ ​is​ ​business​ ​agenda​ ​focused.​ ​A​ ​team​ ​business​ ​meeting​ ​is​ ​a strategic​ ​way​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​team​ ​dynamics​ ​while​ ​facilitating​ ​a​ ​productive​ ​meeting.​ ​​A​ ​business​ ​planning meeting​ ​is​ ​typically​ ​used​ ​to​ ​acknowledge​ ​business​ ​objectives​ ​and​ ​create​ ​new​ ​ones,​ ​align​ ​resources, identify​ ​gaps,​ ​and​ ​discuss​ ​sales​ ​and​ ​marketing​ ​plans​ ​​in​ ​an​ ​environment​ ​that​ ​is​ ​engaging​ ​for​ ​the​ ​team.​ ​A team​ ​business​ ​activity​ ​might​ ​look​ ​like​ ​a​ ​catered​ ​breakfast​ ​or​ ​lunch​ ​with​ ​a​ ​full​ ​agenda.​ ​It​ ​could​ ​include​ ​an inspiring​ ​speaker​ ​with​ ​a​ ​presentation​ ​that​ ​relates​ ​to​ ​the​ ​business​ ​goals​ ​at​ ​hand.

Here​ ​are​ 4​ ​reasons​ ​off​ ​site​ ​team​ ​bonding​ ​and​ ​business​ ​activities​ ​are​ ​invaluable:

Creates open dialogue

Team​ ​bonding​ ​activities​ ​such as​ ​a​ ​ropes​ ​course​ ​enables​ ​open​ ​communication​ ​and​ ​trust​ ​among​ ​employees​ ​and​ ​between​ ​management. Often​ ​in​ ​corporate​ ​settings​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​perceived​ ​gap​ ​between​ ​leadership​ ​and​ ​employees.​ ​These​ ​activities are​ ​a​ ​perfect​ ​way​ ​to​ ​help​ ​bridge​ ​that​ ​gap​ ​and​ ​allow​ ​the​ ​employee​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​that​ ​management​ ​is​ ​reachable.

Promotes​ ​creativity

​​​A​ ​change​ ​of​ ​scenery​ ​causes​ ​stimulation​ ​that​ ​is​ ​new​ ​and​ ​different​ ​from working​ ​in​ ​an​ ​office​ ​environment.​ ​Taking​ ​a​ ​team​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​their​ ​normal​ ​setting​ ​and​ ​allowing​ ​them​ ​the opportunity​ ​for​ ​new​ ​experiences​ ​will​ ​almost​ ​always​ ​drive​ ​creativity.​ ​Additionally,​ ​working​ ​together​ ​as​ ​a team​ ​without​ ​the​ ​distractions​ ​of​ ​the​ ​office​ ​can​ ​bring​ ​out​ ​fresh​ ​and​ ​creative​ ​ideas.

Motivates​ ​employees

The​ ​more​ ​comfortable​ ​employees​ ​feel​ ​around​ ​their​ ​fellow​ ​colleagues and​ ​management,​ ​the​ ​more​ ​confident​ ​they​ ​will​ ​become​ ​to​ ​become​ ​leaders.​ ​This​ ​can​ ​motivate​ ​team members​ ​to​ ​take​ ​on​ ​new​ ​challenges​ ​and​ ​feel​ ​more​ ​confident​ ​to​ ​utilize​ ​their​ ​unique​ ​talents​ ​which​ ​may have​ ​not​ ​been​ ​discovered​ ​otherwise.

​​Increases​ ​production

Off-site​ ​meetings​ ​create​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​address​ ​challenges​ ​and problems​ ​without​ ​the​ ​distraction​ ​from​ ​their​ ​everyday​ ​work​ ​obligations.​ ​If​ ​employees​ ​are​ ​able​ ​to​ ​focus on​ ​the​ ​items​ ​in​ ​the​ ​agenda​ ​exclusively,​ ​they​ ​will​ ​make​ ​more​ ​progress​ ​in​ ​a​ ​shorter​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​time​ ​than​ ​if they​ ​were​ ​sitting​ ​in​ ​their​ ​office​ ​alone.​ ​Lastly,​ ​two​ ​heads​ ​are​ ​always​ ​better​ ​than​ ​one​ ​so​ ​if​ ​everyone​ ​is engaged​ ​on​ ​the​ ​same​ ​topic,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​more​ ​likely​ ​that​ ​the​ ​work​ ​will​ ​get​ ​done​ ​faster​ ​and​ ​with​ ​more​ ​quality control.

It​ ​is​ ​common​ ​knowledge​ ​that​ ​their​ ​is​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​correlation​ ​between​ ​motivation​ ​and​ ​productivity. So,​ ​the​ ​more​ ​the​ ​team​ ​members​ ​are​ ​motivated​ ​by​ ​either​ ​knowing​ ​they​ ​are​ ​valued​ ​or​ ​looking​ ​forward​ ​to a​ ​little​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​pampering,​ ​the​ ​more​ ​the​ ​corporation​ ​will​ ​thrive​ ​as​ ​a​ ​whole.


Christine Mulcahy

Christine Mulcahy is a seasoned business consultant, innovation facilitator, and team leader. Christine serves clients ranging from the world’s largest technology enterprises to small business start-ups and non-profit organizations. She is a problem solver adept at quickly understanding a client's needs, identifying a program goal, developing a strategy for achieving that goal, and ultimately creating the communication pieces to launch a measurable solution. Christine and her husband, Eddie, co-founded Mulcahy Consulting in 2005, which was re-branded as The Odigo Group in 2016. They reside on an island in the Puget Sound with their two children and two dogs. They enjoy spending time as a family boating, crabbing, kayaking, and hiking in the San Juan islands when pursuing the elusive work/life balance.

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