5 alternative corporate away days to shake things up

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The benefits of corporate events have long been recognised. They enable both individual and team development, and reveal attributes in your staff that the normal working environment simply doesn’t expose.

Choosing the right type of event is clearly important and recent years have seen this market explode with daring ideas. Your team could be stuntmen for the day, or out on military manoeuvres. The range of options is extensive, so here are five ideas to help you choose.

Human sheep herding

To place everyone outside of their comfort zone, how about this radical team building event? It’s ‘One Man and His Dog’ without the dog, or the sheep! Your team make up the herd with one person delegated to guide his blindfolded flock into a pen, using only a series of sound commands. It’s ‘One Man and His Dog’ without the dog, or the sheep! Your team make up the herd with one person delegated to guide his blindfolded flock into a pen, using only a series of sound commands.

Extreme eventing

We have already mentioned some radical event ideas but how about enrolling your team in ‘I’m an employee, get me out of here!’, a jungle experience based on the format of the well-known TV show? ? Only a manager can know if their team will embrace this type of challenge or whether they will mutiny! Only a manager can know if their team will embrace this type of challenge or whether they will mutiny!

Indoor activities

There is a wealth of indoor events available, but a very popular choice seems to be cookery classes which can be held in a working kitchen environment. There can still be plenty of pressure while encouraging new skills and team support, with a rewarding outcome for all.

Toys for boys and girls

The BBC suggests something a little tamer for your next event, and they do make a good case. However, if you want something fun and new that most of your staff are unlikely to have experienced, why not drive a tank for the day with Armourgeddon.co.uk. Being given the chance to drive a tank must be the ultimate on-the-ground activity, bringing your team out of their comfort zone and delivering pure fun.

Sports day rejuvenated

For a classic approach, how about a sports day incorporating giant outdoor games with slapstick humour but a strong aspect of team building? Although still a classic corporate event, the development of props and facilities has given this theme a new lease of life and the fun side may allow the more reserved members of your staff to thrive  although still a classic corporate event, the development of props and facilities has given this theme a new lease of life and the fun side may allow the more reserved members of your staff to thrive.

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