Kicking goals, getting a slam dunk, dropping the ball – the language of business is full of metaphors drawn from sport. So what better corporate team building activity could there be than building an actual sporting team?
Playing games with your workmates has wide ranging benefits, says a report published last year in the Journal of Sport Sciences. Team sports benefit individual health, group cohesion and performance. Employers gain from employees’ increased work performance and concentration.
Will Jackson, an executive in Cushman & Wakefield’s commercial leasing division, helped set up the firm’s inaugural PropertySki retreat in 2017 so that his industry could get some of the benefits that come from participating in team sports.
In August 2017, over 140 people headed to Thredbo to take part in a three day event that included team races, functions and an awards night.
“The idea is to bring people into a barriers-down environment to network and connect over a shared experience outside of the office. It removes people from their corporate surroundings, where it can often be more difficult to let their guard down,” Jackson says.