“Although companies have the best intentions when they plan these activities,” says David W. Ballard of the American Psychological Association, “they can be counterproductive if not executed properly. Team-building activities should bolster the work employees complete together, or provide a genuine opportunity to relax and unwind.”
A study by U.S News took a close look at the industry of team building programs available in today’s world. After careful examination they were able to determine which activities helped contribute to an improved workplace environment and bonding among co-workers. In an industry filled with wilderness and ropes courses, laser tag outings, trust falls and more, the study deduced that five activities ranked as the Best Bonding Outings for Co-workers. The official results included volunteering, fitness or sports activities, field trips, professional development activities and shared meals.
Sports and Fitness Activities
Ballard states that fitness and sports activities benefit employees in both a mental and physical health capacity. “Employees have lost weight and report a higher awareness of wellness issues, strengthened sense of community, improved morale, and increased motivation,” says Ballard. “The interactions among departments have also led to improved communication, a better understanding of colleagues’ roles, and more effective collaboration.”
“Leaving the confines of the office to visit a museum, nature center, or local historical society gets employees out of their typical work environment and provides an opportunity for new learning and experiences, says Ballard.” He references the Vermont based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as an exemplary organization. The Green Mountain Coffee Roasters take field trips seriously, going as far as sending employees to Costa Rica and Guatemala, where they can immerse themselves in the coffee growing process and environment.
Here’s your chance to join the party and get your workplace involved in time for the 2017 Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon!
Rock Corporate empowers employees to become Rock Stars by providing opportunities to build relationships, improve fitness and reach goals together.
PARTICIPATE: Run or walk the 10K, 1/2 marathon or marathon distance
DONATE: Choose your favorite cause and fundraise together
VOLUNTEER: Help out on race day at a water station or the finish line
CHEER: Behind every runner is a support crew there to cheer them to the finish– make some noise!
Rock Corporate groups may qualify for discounted race entries, training resources, race day hospitality and more. And even better, you’ll receive your race registration for free if you organize a group of 10 or more.
This annual event is one of New Orleans’ biggest attractions – bringing together nearly 20,000 people to run, cheer and rock ‘n’ roll in the Crescent City each year. Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans offers the ultimate red carpet experience for runners, volunteers and supporters. Runners are treated to live music throughout the course to rock them to the finish line, no matter their distance. Add that to the cheer teams that come out to high five, hug and give participants that added bit of encouragement to carry them through to the finish. Best of all, Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans closes out the event in red carpet fashion with a double-headliner concert and free-flowing beer at the finish line festival.
What are you waiting for? Meet us at the Start Line!Register Now
Visit USNews.com for more information or to read the full study here.