In today’s modern world, where everything moves with incredible swiftness, our personal and professional lives are sometimes caught in the whirlpool of perfectly balancing both of their demands with the lack of time. In fact, lack of time is often quoted by responders in studies and surveys related to sport and physical activity. Struggling to find time for everything all the while being present at home, productive at work, and having a social life can take its toll when it comes to a healthy lifestyle.
According to the World Health Organization, stress in the workplace can have a significant impact on the lives of employees, and even lead to more serious problems and stress-related hazards that can affect both the professional and personal lives of those who don’t deal with the situation. Also, it can impact business continuity and the overall activity of companies.
If alongside data related to workplace stress, we also take into account studies speaking of sedentarism and physical inactivity, we see that there exists a poignant need of finding a solution for providing employees with a more harmonious environment and the ability to work toward a healthier lifestyle.
There have been numerous studies speaking of the benefits of office team sports, and how the experience of playing team sports can be correlated with professional success. Also, the connection between physical activity and overall productivity has been studied since such endeavors existed. Therefore, choosing sports and various physical activities as a solution for improving the relationship with employees and increasing their productivity—but also their satisfaction with the workplace—is highly beneficial.
Regardless of the sector a company operates in, choosing to do something fun and challenging with and for employees will considerably change the working environment for the better. And what healthier way of achieving it than by organizing activities such as extreme team building events that are fun, challenging, and highly enjoyable for employees from all departments?
Benefits of Organizing Extreme Team Building Events
The advantages of physical activity—especially for those who sit at a desk for 8 hours every day—are well-known to everyone, but usually, the lack of time and even the lack of interest in an activity that might be tedious or repetitive, keeps people from exercising regularly. Bringing employees together through corporate events is a great way of strengthening your team and increasing productivity. And since everyone is looking to place a higher emphasis on a healthier lifestyle, turning to extreme team building events comes with even more advantages.
These types of activities target a wide array of aspects, such as: increasing communication abilities, reenergizing employees, developing creativity, increasing employee satisfaction with their workplace, strengthening the community within your company, networking, developing fear management skills, increasing focus, strengthening resistance, and many others.
They key to organizing successful extreme team building events is knowing your employees and making sure you are choosing something that is tailored to their needs, both as individuals, but also as a community within the workplace. Also, make sure that you keep in mind those particular areas you want improving, so that you can choose an extreme team building event that will help.
Further, we are going to discuss some of the most fun, popular, and challenging extreme team building events, and why they can be great for all companies, no matter their size, industry, or goals.
Did you know that the youngest person to accomplish the feat of skydiving was four years old? The fact that skydiving is an excellent activity for adrenaline seekers is a well-known fact, but studies revealing the psychology of skydiving show that it is also a great activity for companies looking to offer their employees a fun and exciting way of relaxing and bonding.
Places such as Skydive Buzz offer tailor-made packages for companies, which include exclusive access to an entire dive zone, champagne celebrations, team building photography—and even nerve-wracking yet fun activities such as employees packing the parachute for each other. You can also choose who jumps with whom, which is a marvelous way of getting people together, especially if you want to create or improve the relationship between certain employees.
Extreme Zip Line Adventures
Zip line rides are highly popular all over the world, and you can find them everywhere—from entertainment parks to tropical forests and other remote locations. Extreme zip lines adventures go beyond what we are used to from local parks, and offer adventure seekers the excellent balance between enjoying great views and getting your blood pumping.
Companies that want to organize an extreme zip line team building event can do so by contacting places such as Punta Mita Adventures, which offer a wide range of activities alongside extreme zip line adventures, such as jungle off-road, or hillside waterslides.
The Bear Grylls Survival Challenge
The Bear Grylls Survival Academy organizes extreme team building events for companies and its employees, ranging from learning and development activities to adrenaline-fueled survival experiences. Its survival challenges are themed and inspired either by Bear Grylls or by some of the greatest explorers of all times—giving your employees the chance to undergo amazing experiences, improve their community, and strengthen their minds and bodies.
The academy can provide its events in various locations around the world, and can focus on goals such as improving creativity, problem solving, strategy planning, conflict resolution, trust building, and many others.
Escape Room Team Building
Escape rooms have been popular for years, but recently, companies have started to understand their appeal, and organize extreme team building events around them, since it’s a great activity for helping employees bond and strengthen various skills. Renting escape rooms for team building events can help companies assess their employees, and getting everyone into a problem-solving mindset.
Businesses such as The Escape Artist offer escape room experiences for companies with a wide range of themes, depending on the preferences of your employees, and the skills you want to further develop in your team.
The Wim Hof Method Retreat
Becoming happier, healthier, and stronger should be everyone’s goal, and it’s also the goal behind the Wim Hof Method, an extreme cold exposure technique, coupled with breathing exercises and meditation that can help regulate stress levels. The benefits of this technique also include improving mental health, improving sports performance, increasing energy levels, improving sleep quality, boosting concentration, and many others.
The science behind the method speaks of voluntarily influencing the autonomic nervous system through practicing techniques that you can learn in a short period of time, thus making it highly effective for activities such as team building events.
It doesn’t get more extreme than spotting and sometimes even interacting with great white sharks. Supreme Sharks in Cape Town offer guests the possibility of diving into a cage and wait for sharks to breach nearby. If your employees enjoy diving and getting an adrenaline pump, shark spotting is the next extreme team building event that you need to organize. As insane as it may sound to put yourself in the vicinity of such a predator, shark spotting experiences are safe and highly rewarding when it comes to conquering fear, strengthening psychological abilities, and more.
Whether we are speaking of simulating being lost at sea, a plane crash, or any other kind of catastrophic event, survival trainings are an excellent way of getting your employees to test their strengths and weaknesses—while also working toward improving the skills they other lack or aren’t as developed as they should be. Survival Systems USA offers extreme survival training and leadership development exercises based on surviving catastrophic events, and has great packages for companies.
Being in simulated life-threatening situations and having to rely on survival skills that need to kick in a matter of seconds is an excellent test for teams, but also for individuals, regarding the ability to act quickly in case of emergency. Therefore, such an extreme team building events is highly recommended for first responders, emergency communicators, and employees from related fields.
Combined Extreme Team Building Events
Some companies offer packages that include more than one extreme activity, therefore appealing to the needs of employers who can’t decide on what event to organize. If your employees have diverse tastes, or if you need to work on a wide range of skills, a combined extreme team building event might be the thing for you. The Team Building Company offers a package titled Club Adrenaline, which includes their most thrilling and adrenaline-fueled activities.
Regardless of what extreme team building event you choose to organize for your employees, its success relies on knowing your employees’ needs and preferences, and tailoring them to fit the desires you have in terms of goals and objectives. Making sure that an extreme team building event focuses on both psychological and physical improvement is guaranteed to help the community within your company become stronger and more productive. Don’t forget to ask for feedback, so that you can improve the manner in which you organize the events in the future while also getting a clearer understanding of their outcomes—and of course, have fun alongside your employees.