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During the winter months, Service Care’s Mental Health Department have been racing in the fast-lane at the Three Sisters Karting Track in Wigan. The team took to the track to fight it out to be crowned the fastest consultant! Twenty-two laps and many incidents later saw myself crowned as team Mental Health karting Champion!

Much to my delight of winning the race, it was only after the retreat did I realize how lucky I am to be part of a company that values team building. In a world where attention is focused on making the client happy, businesses often forget about their most valued asset — employees. Team building and specially planned activities not only boost morale of employees, but it can also increase the success of your business.

Team participation activities and team-building sports such as Karting is becoming an increasingly popular activity within many workplaces. Such activities are becoming a crucial part of employee success and motivation in the workplace and businesses are investing time and money in these activities to gain a return in the workplace.

Below are just a few reasons why businesses are investing time and money into introducing team-bonding activities within the workplace:

1. Facilitates better communication – Activities that create discussion enable open communication among employees, and between employees and management. This can improve office relationships and in turn, the quality of work done.

2. Motivates employees – Team leadership and team building go hand in hand. The more comfortable your employees are to express their ideas and opinions, the more confident they will become. This will motivate them to take on new challenges.

3. Promotes creativity – Taking a team outside of an office setting and exposing them to new experiences will force them to think outside of their normal routine. Working together with other team members can ignite creativity and fresh ideas, which are great qualities to bring back to the office.

4. Develops problem-solving skills – In public relations a crisis can happen at any time. Team building activities that require co-workers to work together to solve problems can improve the ability to think rationally and strategically. Teams that are able to determine when a problem arises and know what they can do about it, can then effectively take charge when a real crisis occurs.

5. Breaks the barrier – Team building increases the trust factor with your employees. Often in corporate settings there is a disconnect between the leadership team and employees because the employees sense too large of a gap between the two. Team building exercises give leadership the opportunity to be seen as a colleague rather than a boss, which can do wonders for employee morale. 
Recent Comments
Good call Chris and totally agree - last time we went Karting I seem to remember you came 2nd. can't remember who came first.... :)
Richard freye, 14/01/16
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