Two Steps Every Employer Should Take Before an Outdoor Team-Building Event

Here are two steps every employer should take in the run-up to an outdoor team-building event they've organised.

They should ask their staff to tell them in advance if they have any injuries (even minor ones)

It's important for an employer who's planning this type of event to ask their staff to notify them of any short-term or long-term injuries they have, however small these injuries might be. This might include things like chronic back pain, carpal tunnel or a minor ankle sprain. The reason for this is that an outdoor team building event may require employees to jog or walk briskly on surfaces such as wet grass or uneven, unpaved ground (whilst, for example, partaking in some geocaching) and might involve them walking up steep hills or perhaps even climbing. As such, the employer must be aware of which staff members might struggle to do these activities without exacerbating their injuries.

Whilst these staff members don't necessarily need to opt out of the entire event, they may need some extra support from their co-workers to complete some of the challenges (which might actually enhance the positive effects of the team-building exercises, as it will encourage the staff members to make even more of an effort to work together and look out for one another throughout each exercise). If the employer knows about these issues in advance, they should be able to make adjustments to some of the activities, to ensure that these staff members stay safe and still get to enjoy this team-building day out. For example, if a staff member has a bad hip and could get badly injured by a fall, their employer might arrange for the geocaching to be carried out on flat, even terrain, instead of hilly terrain, to reduce the likelihood of this employee falling.

They should send their staff photos of the outdoor space in which the event will take place

It's also sensible for employers who are organising these events to send their staff photos of the outdoor space in which the event will take place. This will give the staff members a better idea of what items they may need to bring with them, to ensure that they feel comfortable and happy being in this outdoor setting.

For example, if the area where they'll be doing the team-building exercises doesn't have many trees or awnings that will provide shade and it's likely to be hot and sunny, some of the staff who are sensitive to the sun might decide to bring extra-strong sunscreen and a sunhat with them so they don't overheat or get sunburnt whilst, for instance, partaking in a scavenger hunt.  Similarly, if the staff can see from the photos of the event location that it's very dusty and might get muddy if it rains, they might decide to wear less expensive clothes, that they don't mind getting dirty.

If you want to hold an outdoor team building activity, reach out to a company like The Rain Farm for help.