Did you know that spending time outdoors can increase productivity and lift your mood? With more and more company owners considering novel approaches to get the best out of their team and reduce work-related stress, have you thought about stepping outside and adopting a fresh approach to business?
If you’re interested in capitalizing on the benefits of outdoor activities, here are some tips to drive your business forward.
If you typed the words team and bonding into a search engine, you’d be greeted with a whole host of ideas and activities, many of which are focused on sitting around a table and sharing ideas and stories. While there’s nothing wrong with getting to know your colleagues through talking or enjoying a drink after work, it’s beneficial to explore other avenues. Exercise-based activities and outdoor pursuits are an excellent way to encourage bonding and to enable your employees to let off steam, relax and enjoy a change of scenery.
You can try an array of activities from tackling obstacle courses and group bike rides to orienteering and problem solving.
If you’re planning a camping trip or a survival weekend in the great outdoors, make sure you have the right kit beforehand. Check out online reviews and magazine articles to find the best two way radios, tents, outdoor clothing, and cooking equipment. Outdoor living may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but your team might be surprised at how much they take from a weekend away from the office.
Meetings with a difference
Most people think of fairly bland rooms that are furnished with a large table and some chairs when talking about meeting places. While hosting a meeting in a private room next to the main office may be convenient, it is beneficial to think about alternatives, especially if you’re organizing a client meeting, rather than a staff event.
Get out of the office and take a leaf out of Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs’ books. Meetings on golf courses have been conducted for many years, but these well-known CEOs mixed things up with hiking meetings. You don’t have to cover miles, but being outside is proven to boost productivity and creativity. It’s also a great way to make a positive first impression, as most clients you meet with will be used to run-of-the-mill meeting places.
It’s becoming increasingly common for employers to encourage and actively promote regular exercise and breaks that enable employees to stretch their legs and get some fresh air. In some companies in Scandinavia, exercise classes and outdoor activities have been made compulsory. If you’re looking for ways to motivate your team and promote health and wellbeing, introducing outdoor breaks and allowing time for exercise could have a positive impact.
Business doesn’t have to involve sitting around a meeting table or spending hours sat at a desk. If you’re looking to adopt a fresh approach that will boost productivity, make your company memorable and improve team morale, why not embrace outdoor living and working?