Strong, profitable organizations keep their employees engaged because they understand the massive role their staff’s wellbeing plays in their success. The best way to do this is through a strategically planned wellness program that accomplishes better employee engagement in a variety of ways. One of the most holistic ways is through outdoor engagement because it combines all the elements necessary for personal (and ultimately, organizational) wellbeing.
Who wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to get out of the office from time to time? Particularly in the middle of a pandemic when being confined to indoor spaces took on new significance. Getting out in the open is good for everyone and appeals to everyone… whether they’re alone, with family, or with colleagues. Bringing company team-building activities or sporting events outside of the confines of an indoor environment elevates everyone’s spirit and experience!
The great outdoors also presents a broader spectrum of employee engagement options. Beyond being the natural environment for sporting events, it’s also perfect for team-building activities as well as games and leisure activities. For example, there’s the option of holding or attending a company sports day or a regional sports tournament that promotes team spirit and healthy competition. Alternatively, there’s the option of organizing a team-building activity like orienteering to develop collaboration and problem-solving skills, or an afternoon of bowling or games to reward a specific team for a job well done. Holding a leisurely event like an employee picnic or family day helps build interpersonal trust and respect among employees… Taking things outdoors means the sky is the limit when it comes to choices.
Maybe the most obvious benefit of holding employee activities outdoors is being able to get out and spend some time in nature, something that many of us don’t do enough of. Fresh air and sunlight are central to our well-being – both physically and mentally. This, combined with the opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty around us, makes the outdoors even more appealing. So, you see, it really is time to get out of the office.