Rebuilding Relationships with Colleagues in the Great Outdoors

Published on:
April 27, 2022

Seeing as business success is built on retaining, motivating and developing your people, your team needs to collaborate and work well together.  After the Covid pandemic it has become more challenging to foster those relationships as companies are shifting their ways of working. 

The transition from office centric to flexible hybrid or remote working has changed the way we connect with our colleagues. Businesses are still grappling with the best ways to build strong relationships and encourage collaborative ways of working remotely, but there is also the socialisation aspect employees now miss.  

The benefits of outdoor corporate events

When did you last meet with your whole team face-to-face? Chances are you haven’t all been in one place at the same time since before the pandemic. Why not host an outdoor corporate activity or event to reconnect with your colleagues?

Being one with nature in the fresh air can provide a highly stimulating environment for employees to improve productivity and for teams to develop better working relationships. According to the Study Finds survey ‘ just 29 minutes spent outdoors results in a 45% increase in productivity. Moreover, 63% of surveyed employees say they feel much better “in themselves” after getting some fresh air.’  

Whether colleagues are set individual challenges, take part in team building exercises or dance the night away whilst under the stars, there are a number of benefits outdoor corporate events can bring:

  • Boost productivity 
  • Increase team motivation
  • Build trust 
  • Improve working relationships
  • Improve effectiveness and sense of direction
  • Promote and empower sense of well-being and self-esteem
  • Enhance abilities to relate to and influence others
  • Increase capability and resilience

Outdoor corporate events & activity ideas 

New for Summer 2022 at Wherstead Park, our ‘witch’s hat’ tipi and stretch tent located on our croquet lawn overlooking our beautiful rose garden and mansion is available for corporate hire throughout the summer.

Here are some great ways to reconnect with your team here at Wherstead Park: 

Summer BBQ & Drinks: Why not thank your team for their hard work and host a corporate summer BBQ? At Wherstead Park we work in partnership with excellent caterers who will serve up mouthwatering dishes to accommodate all dietary needs.   

Corporate Sports Day: Set in our beautiful grounds, why not go old school and relive some of your sports day favourites.  Have a relay, egg and spoon race, rounders and friendly game tug of war. These are just a few fun activities to ignite some competitive spirit and boost team morale.  

Scavenger Hunt: Using our grounds and surrounding Suffolk countryside, the opportunities are endless to create a fun scavenger hunt, encouraging creative thinking and teamwork using photos, videos, obscure objects and trivia questions.  

Corporate Festival: Why not create your very own festival? From fairground games, face painting, live music, delicious food, not to mention our pop-up bar, you’ll be sure to give Glastonbury a run for its money! 

Wine Tasting: If you’re looking for a touch of sophistication, why not have a wine tasting event? Learn about the art of wine tasting and enjoy a glass or two... 

Tea Party: Is it Pimms O’clock? To celebrate the year of the Jubilee, there’s nothing more quintessentially British than hosting a summer tea party. Play croquet on the lawn, enjoy an afternoon tea with fresh scones, strawberries and cream.  

Contact us today for more information about our Corporate Outdoor Event Hire

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