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5 Ways Treasure Hunts Help Improve Workplace Teams

Improve Workplace Teams

A great job is one where the company you work for values every person who works for it; one where the employer does all they can to encourage a happy workplace and facilitate career development. One way they can do this is to arrange workplace team building activities, and there’s a wide range to choose from, from drawing sessions to wine tasting and drumming lessons. One of the best team building exercises of them all, however, is a treasure hunt, and here are five ways that they can lead to a more positive and productive working environment.

1. Letting Off Steam

In today’s ever more competitive business world, it’s important that every worker in a company operates to their full capability, but that can lead to fatigue or stress. Taking your workers out of the workplace can help them leave behind work-related worries so that they can relax and have fun free from the normal constraints of working life. London treasure hunts take place in a variety of locations across the city, but they all place an emphasis on fun and team building, bringing benefits for employees and employer alike.

“Effective teamwork is both profoundly simple and difficult at the same time. This is why so many teams struggle to get the relationships, the interaction, and the task execution right. Their success depends on these factors.”  – thebalancecareers.com

2. Different Departments Working Together

If a workplace has many different departments or employees whose jobs are specialist and compartmentalised, then many workers may say little to those in other departments other than ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, which is why it makes sense to ensure that treasure hunt teams each comprise a mix of people from different departments. In this way, lifelong friendships can be forged that can pay dividends for the company as a whole.

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3. Encouraging Communication

There is one commodity that every business needs if it’s going to be successful: excellent communication. Workers can often retreat into their shell while at work, too engrossed in their own job to take an interest in the wider performance of the business that employs them, and this can mean that they fail to make what could be valuable contributions to team meetings and brainstorming sessions. Treasure hunts are so much fun that even the most reserved employee soon finds themselves joining in, and once they’ve found their voice out of work they often carry the confidence back into the workplace.

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4. True Teamwork

Similarly, there are often divisions in a work based upon position and seniority, with managers forming friendships with managers, and non-management staff also forming alliances. Breaking these barriers down can bring great advantages, so once again it’s important that treasure hunt teams contain both management and non-management personnel. The true teamwork utilised during the treasure hunt challenge can come in just as useful in a normal working day.

Some enjoy working in a team and others thrive in the outdoors; everybody has their own unique preference when it comes to their style of working.

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5. Supporting Great Causes

Consumers love businesses that support good causes, and it’s also been shown that workers whose employers support charities feel more motivated. London treasure hunts can be tailored to meet particular needs and team sizes, but as well as being a lot of fun they can also help a great cause by being linked to a charitable cause. Publicising this fund-raising activity on a website or social media platform can create a good news story for the business in question, as well as encouraging further donations to the charity in question.

These are just some of the ways in which a professionally organised treasure hunt can help the business you own, or work for, gain a competitive edge over corporate rivals. They encourage honest and open communication and team building skills, and reward problem-solving ability, which is always a useful asset in the workplace. Just as importantly, they’re lots of fun too, and can leave participants feeling refreshed, energised, and ready to take on the world.

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