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Our Selection of 5 Top Team Days Out
Posted on 15th May 2017 in Business
Written by James Marren
As he says, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”. Inspired by International Day of Families, we thought we’d look at ways to build deeper bonds with your work-family in the form of team outings worth organising. They’re a great way to put a pep in your employee’s step, boost creativity and collaboration, and give your team the chance to get to know each other outside of the office. Most of all, they’re just really fun and we all need a little more of that in our lives.
1. Escape rooms
Escape rooms have become wildly popular over recent years with new versions of this puzzle based game popping up in new locations all over the world. An escape room is a physical adventure game in which your team of players are locked in a room for one hour and you have to solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to escape. There is usually an inventive story line attached to the mission and a variety of fictional locations, such as prison cells, dungeons and space stations are used. They are remarkably fun, fantastic at building a collaborative work ethic and a great mental workout for your team.
If you want to find one close to your office, then check out this Escape Room directory.
2. Wine tasting
A wine tasting evening gives your team a common focus of interest over which to bond and takes your traditional after work drinks up a notch. The FUTRLI team recently enjoyed an evening at Ten Green Bottles in Brighton, where an expert sommelier took our team on a trip across the globe trying one grape variety (Pinot Noir) from different regions around the world. The team was introduced to wine tasting technique and there were lots of laughs as the ardent beer drinkers of our group realised there were more than three varieties of wine available (red, white and pink). We were encouraged to describe what we tasted and thankfully the sommelier took it in good spirits when one of our less experienced wine drinkers offered up the description “Fruity…like warm Ribena”.
3. Cooking Class
OK, so not strictly a day out, but it can be a great start to one! If you have a team of food lovers, then why not try a cooking class together as a change to the local bars and restaurants that you’re used to. Services such as Chefxchange and Blueapron allow you to choose a recipe and order the exact ingredients you need with full instructions on how to make them. Additionally, you can even book a chef to come supervise and give professional instruction at your office. It’s the perfect setting for laughs and good banter with the added bonus of growing your team’s confidence in the kitchen. More healthy bodies and healthy minds, as the old adage goes, can only benefit your organisation.
To tempt those taste buds and to highlight that a lack of kitchen appliances aren’t an obstacle, here’s one of our current favourite cooking shows – just make sure you have some food nearby! Please get in touch and let us know what your favourite cooking show is, as we are always on the hunt for the next best burger or tagine recipe to inspire us.
Are there any budding Beyonce’s or Paulo Nutini’s waiting to express themselves in your team? There were a few Tenacious D fans in ours! Either way, a good Karaoke night is great at getting your employees to bond and break out of their shells. You can have a contest for best group karaoke performance and always bonus points if there are inflatable guitars and colourful rock wigs involved.
5. Something Touristy
It’s time to grab your bum bag (fanny pack) and be a tourist in your city once again! Choose a top tourist attraction and enjoy the silliness of feeling like a tourist in your own city, whilst also hopefully learning something new. At Brighton HQ we have a lot of great options, including the newly built i360 or the classic fun of Brighton pier to enjoy.
Free walking tours are another great option and can be a great start to your team day out. Walks such as the ‘Jack the Ripper Tour’ in London or the ‘New York Street Art tour’ are fun ways to learn something new about where you live and are available in cities all over the world. What have you got in your city to rediscover?