For every company, its employees are its greatest asset. Team bonding is conducive to better collaboration and one way for you to bond more with your colleagues is to arrange a sports outing. You could watch a sporting event, go for a charity run or do some bowling together.
A report from Robert Half, a recruitment specialist, found that 77% of employees find spending time outside of work with colleagues beneficial and this includes watching sports events. Here are some tips if you’re planning a sports outing.
Plan well in advance
Planning a sports outing well in advance is important because of all the factors you need to consider. You will need to get approval for your budget, select the type of sport you would like to watch, make bookings and arrange transport.
You may plan to watch live sports online together instead of attending a sports event. You can do it from the comfort of someone’s home so it is likely to cost less than if you have to travel far afield and another benefit is that there are a huge variety of sports to bet on. Many people enjoy online sports betting and Online Betting Sports has guides that will help you to find out more and gives strategies for everyone from pros to rookies.
Pay attention to what colleagues will want to watch
Your team sports outing should ideally cater to the common interests of all. It will help to take a poll and see what choices your colleagues make about what sports they would like to watch. They may even make some suggestions of their own.
If all your colleagues are into watching a sport like basketball, it could be really thrilling to attend a game together and enjoy rooting for your favorite team. Watching sports together can induce strong emotions, which draw you closer together and promote more camaraderie in the workplace.
Think of sporting events everyone can enjoy
An out-of-office event with colleagues is a place you can talk about subjects you don’t talk about at work and get to know each other on a more personal level. Going bowling together is a mildly competitive activity that can provide the perfect setting for this.
Even colleagues who have never bowled before could have fun learning so even the less sporty individuals can be included. Everyone can have loads of fun and it doesn’t have to take away too much from time spent with family as it only has to last a few hours.
Go on a charity run together
A good idea that will probably appeal to most of your colleagues is to go on a charity run together. Not only will you get exercise, fresh air, and have fun together but you can also support a worthy charity with your entrance fee. This is a good idea if any of your colleagues are into health and fitness.
You can even prepare for the event together and give prizes for best effort, shortest time, best running outfit etc. Some sporting events you can participate in are team events and this can do even more to promote team spirit that will have benefits in the office too.
Make sure everyone has the right gear
When going to a sporting event that requires sitting outside in the sun all day, it’s important to ensure that everyone takes along hats and sunscreen.
It’s important to stay hydrated so providing liquid refreshment will be important. You may want to take along a first aid kit just so you’re prepared for any eventuality, such as someone getting a headache or being bitten by insects.