There are many extreme sports activities out there. If your management team is one of those who love extreme sports, then they would think that organising extreme teambuilding activities is the way to go for the company employees. Is this right for everyone?
Let us first examine what is extreme building. It is defined as activities that people do as a group or competing against another group from the company. These activities usually require a high level of inherent danger and it often involves speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear. Extreme sports activities are not for the faint hearted and definitely not suitable for everyone.
Some examples of extreme teambuilding activities are team skydiving, white water rafting at Sg. Padas Sabah, Mt Kinabalu climbing or rock climbing and even bungee jumping. Some companies believe that doing these activities would boost employee morale, make them think out of a box, boost their morale, foster a spirit of cooperation and creativity amongst team members.
So the question now is, “Is Extreme Teambuilding Highly Recommended for companies to organise for their employees? “
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Most team building activities focus on developing critical skills, like solving problems, make real time decision, delegate tasks and communications skills. Some focuses on your mental ability to decipher a problem. The outdoor activities or outdoor survival skills would send participants through mountains, or forests with very minimal supplies, eg. No sleeping bags, no stoves, tents and you are required to survive on these very basic skills in the jungle, forests or mountains. You will then have to think on your feet on survival skills, how to work together with your team mates to delegate the tasks of looking for woods to make fire, who is to go catch the fishes or find water and etc. Some outdoor adventure programme requires you to engage in high speed boat ride, zip lining, hiking and so much more.
Team members may be required to organise a high tech treasure hunt called Geoquest where team members work together to find hidden targets. A team of 4-5 people will be given a handheld GPS units and by using this gadget, they are required to find hidden treasures. The GPS units would guide them within that specific area but it wont pinpoint the exact location. Then you are required to use clues given to you to find the hidden answer. So here, you would have to use your wits to find the answer. Teambuilding work is important here to quickly solve the clue and be the winner.
For the more adventurous, extreme team building exercises are designed to build team spirit or put decision-making skills into practice by placing participants into physically demanding situations. While treasure hunts, hiking, and sailing are relatively safe, team parasailing seems to move closer to the danger zone.
Sound like fun teambuilding exercises? Not to everyone though we wish to add here that if your company services or products are sports related, then maybe you may consider extreme teambuilding activities though if your company employees are elderly folks, then it is definitely not recommended for them.