What is team building and why is it important?

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Since the dawn of time, mankind has wrestled with the challenges that come with working as a team.  Whether it is at work, in sport or at school, there are a number of elements that contribute to building the dream team, and we try to pack these into all of our We Are Adventurers team building days.

What is team building?

Team building is the process of creating and strengthening relationships among team members to improve the team’s effectiveness and productivity. This often involves activities and exercises that help team members get to know each other better, communicate more effectively, and work together more efficiently.

At We Are Adventurers, we offer a unique team building day set in the outdoors, taking your team out of the office into a new and dynamic environment, allowing them to interact and co-operate beyond their comfort zones.

No matter who we are putting on a team building day for, we work with the group to find the right solution for them, ensuring that the day is pitched at the right level for everyone. From walks to kayaking, or creating woodland instruments for a sensory garden, we will listen to what you want to get out of the day and tailor our activities accordingly.

The goal of team building is to create a stronger, more cohesive team that is better able to achieve its goals.
Recently while working with an autism charity, we put on a variety of activities designed to show adult volunteers for the organisation examples of the challenges that children who have had an autism diagnosis can engage with. This sparked lots of conversation and ideas from the team to take into their jobs going forward.

Our team building adventure days are designed to challenge individuals and groups to work together in a totally different environment than they do within the workplace, improving engagement and morale, nurturing skills and abilities which can then be transferred back to working life. When we organise adventure team building days, there are usually a couple of team members who will eye roll and question why they need to be there; these are often the people who get the most value out of the adventure team day in the end!

Why is team building important?

Team building is important because it helps to improve communication, increase collaboration, and boost morale. This leads to a more cohesive and effective team, which helps to improve overall productivity and achieve better results. Perhaps your organisation is one where some people would refuse to attend such a day, or come along then not take part in the activities? This is why a positive work environment and sense of togetherness are crucial  and team building days go a long way to strengthening these bonds.

A team needs to feel connected in order to get the best outcomes from shared goals. The best way to build a strong team is through forming bonds and connections, and for this to be an ongoing process. Our team building adventure days are designed bespoke to meet the needs of your team. We Are Adventurers works to find the right solution for all members and creates an environment where everyone can participate, practice problem solving and decision making skills; as well as encouraging creativity and innovation.

Team building for children

Teamwork is important for children because it helps them develop a range of important skills, such as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving. These skills are not only valuable in their own right, but they can also help children to be more successful in school and in other areas of their lives. Working in a team also helps children to learn to appreciate the perspectives and contributions of others, and to build strong, positive relationships with their peers. 

This can be particularly important during the early years, when children are developing their social skills and forming friendships. Ultimately, teamwork can help children to feel more confident, capable, and connected to others, which can support their overall well-being and success.

Our childrens’ Forest School sessions are packed with activities which encourage children to work collaboratively as a group and also as part of the wider community as they learn how to be responsible and take care of the outdoor environment. We help to build resilient and resourceful little learners, and teamwork is an important element of all of our forest school sessions. 

One adventure activity which relies on good teamwork and the children take great pride in is den building. While some children might enjoy searching for the perfect branches for a den, identifying, collecting and measuring, others might enjoy the actual construction of the den. Forest School allows for observation of these tasks giving our instructor and teachers a real insight into children’s development. Throughout their forest school journey they are practising and bettering their communication skills through the wide range of activities. Games and team challenges also encourage little ones to work and play alongside each other. The inclusive nature of our sessions means that all children will contribute in some way!

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