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Plan a Bus Trip, Build a Team

Posted by Chad Cushman

Apr 26, 2014 8:03:00 AM

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If you want to promote teamwork in the workplace, why not plan a bus trip?

Every manager knows that teamwork on the job is a good thing. But teamwork requires team building … and doesn’t “team building” mean we have to do all those team building activities? You know the ones: rappelling down the side of a mountain … or doing that “trust fall” exercise where you close your eyes and fall backwards into the arms of your co-workers … and what modern manager has the time and money for all that?  The good news is, revving up a little esprit de corps does not require a weekend retreat in the woods or a rock climbing expedition. 

Sometimes team building can be as simple as taking your work group on an afternoon bus trip to do something fun.

Yes, you read correctly.  We used the words “work” and “fun” in the same sentence.  You may think that having fun at work is synonymous with goofing off. But research proves otherwise. Co-workers who have fun together tend to be more productive, creative, and cohesive.  A happy workforce translates to less absenteeism, lower employee turnover, fewer performance problems, and less internal conflict. Who knew?

The truth is, we all need to take a break once in a while, just to decompress or recharge our batteries. So, the next time your department finishes a high-pressure project on time, reaches its quarterly sales goals, or, for that matter, suffers a disappointment, consider a group get-away. If you’re worried about losing a day’s productivity, statistics seem to support the idea that you’ll actually get more productivity out of your team if you provide some downtime.  And if you can invest that downtime in team bonding, you’re likely to reap even more dividends.

To make the most of a company get-away, follow these three simple steps:

Step 1:  Get out of the office. 

No offense, but the workplace is not the ideal environment for relaxing and having fun.  Step away from the phones, and the fax machine, and the budget reports — even if you go no further than a local park or restaurant for a few hours.

Step 2:  Hop on a luxury motorcoach. 

For less money than you might think, this one simple splurge can have a huge impact on your team’s morale.  The moment those bus doors close, your group will have the sense that they’re doing something out of the ordinary:  You’re all going somewhere, together.  You’ve left the work world behind.  Someone else is driving.  And the novelty of the plush accommodations and comfy ride, combined with the delicious break from the pressures and responsibilities of work, can have a magical effect on the mood of the group and the tone of the outing. Show a DVD, play a little music, sing some songs, serve a snack, or just sit back in the reclining seat and relax. A bus ride is fun. If your goal is to create a relaxed, stress-free environment where people can feel comfortable and enjoy each other’s company, a luxury motorcoach is a very nice place to start.

Step 3.  Go somewhere and do something.

  • Be a tourist in your own town.  Visit a monument, tour a historic site, see a new art installation or museum exhibit, spend a few hours at the zoo.
  • Volunteer.  Put in a few hours at a homeless shelter or food bank, participate in an environmental cleanup, or donate blood.  Not only do you help others, you also get to share a meaningful experience with your colleagues, reinforce your company’s values, and do something completely out of the ordinary.
  • Play outside. Go to an amusement park or water park, go tubing or rafting, play miniature golf, drive go-karts.  Activities that increase your adrenaline also promote bonding.
  • Relax.  Go to a park or lake for a picnic.
  • Promote health and fitness.  Put on an office Olympics.  Do a walkathon for a cause.  Sponsor a company 5K or 10K.
  • Celebrate.  Have a party or go out for a nice meal.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot or take a long time to build camaraderie, improve morale, and create a climate of cooperation. Having fun together stimulates creative thinking … which can stimulate future productivity. Sometimes the best way to accomplish something at work is to take a little break from it. Your motorcoach awaits.

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Topics: corporate team building