What happens when you work for a company with a health-focus? Your activities (generally – admittedly not always) tend to have a health-centered focus as well! Which is why today was the best team-building exercise I’ve ever been part of. Period.
So today’s exercise took us away from work with the goal of establishing and growing our teams relationships – all with a bit – or more – of fitness thrown in.
So I took along my Polar M400 GPS watch to track my path and stats on the hike. Obviously we weren’t going to make stellar time as it was a social gathering, but we still had a nice hike:
And the hike was up at the Brighton Ski Resort in the beautiful mountains here in Utah:
But the real question I want to ask is whether this habit of health-focused work activities can be fostered in other companies – those with a health-focus or not.
And my answer – as you would expect – is a definite probably with a touch of why not try?
First I would recommend that you evaluate your work’s culture and your team and determine the activities that you have access to and that your co-workers would enjoy. You might not be minutes away from the Rocky Mountains – or any other great hike location – but you might have access to a lake, a field to allow competitive games or anything else. Obviously you will have a much better sense of access to an activity and your co-workers actual willingness to try it.
So with that, here’s a few tips on how to make that next team building activity a little bit healthier:
- You probably have more influence than you expect – You might wonder how in the world you would have any say over the next activity. One simple answer is to speak up and throw out some ideas that may have never been considered since they are so out of the ordinary. You just never know how much traction that idea just might gain.
- Numbers really do talk – You talk to your co-workers (or at least you should). 🙂 If you get a group of you to band together and champion the idea you just might be most of the way there – especially if your boss is trying to setup an activity that will engage the most employees.
- If the answer is initially “No” – Get that same group of co-workers together and schedule a time to go outside of your work hours. Take some pictures and share those to show how much fun you had. Communicating how much you loved being out and being active might help give you a stronger case when you ask again…later.
- The worst case – At the end of the day, if you can’t get a healthier activity for your team building event, then you can rest easy knowing you actually did have an amazing time with your team members (the last bullet point), built those relationships a bit more and enjoyed your fitness at the same time.
- We don’t need a team-building activity anyway – All of this assumes your company already understands the importance of a team-building activity. For those cases where your company doesn’t, make sure to check out articles online (including this one from U.S. News on the whether team-building activities work) to help encourage them to start in the first place.
Back to the Rocky Mountains
There’s not much else to say other than just a week ago in the city we hit 95 degrees Fahrenheit – and up in the mountains we were walking through large patches of snow. That temperature difference is the definition of true bliss! Yes – getting out of the heat and up into the mountains for that cool mountain breeze is in the top five reasons I love to hike (probably in the top three for sure).
Here’s a few other pictures that I thought were just gorgeous:
Gazing down as we were descending
Another looking down the face
Lake Mary (at the “top”)
I guess I’ll need to bring the family up in a couple of weeks because when I was sharing these pics I kept sparking memories of this hike in years gone by. If you find yourself on this hike, make sure to make the most of it and continue to Lake Martha and Lake Catherine – its only a mile longer and I promise you won’t be disappointed!