The pandemic has changed the way we travel, the way we work, the way we interact with our colleagues. As we figure out this much-discussed “new normal”, we have to negotiate the limitations that come with Corona-related security measures. And we inevitably ask ourselves a lot of questions such as: should we still commute to work? should we double the number of shifts and halve the number of employees sitting in the same office at the same time? Can we still plan team-building days? The latter in particular is something we have been working on since the first lockdown. We did it because our clients made it clear to us that they need team building more than ever and yet they can’t risk their employees’ health for the sake of boosting their morale. The good news is: it can be done. And it doesn’t have to be an online-only experience either. There are plenty of options for safe team-building activities in Corona-times.
How to pick safe team-building activities in Corona-times
Quad racing in northern Italy
Outdoor activities, of course, are preferred when it comes to safe team-building options. This makes Italy the perfect destination for your team-building and incentive trips, as its mild climate allows for plenty of outdoor fun. One of our all-time favourite team-building classics, in particular, proved perfect for teams needing to let out some steam without running any unnecessary risks. Quad racing fits all the current safety regulations so perfectly that it might as well have been invented specifically as a team-building activity for Corona times – when in fact it has been very popular with our clients for years. Not only it is an outdoor activity, but it also comes with its own individual protective gear in the form of gloves, goggles, and helmets. Social distancing is ensured by the size of the vehicles and the need for each participant to have enough room to manoeuvre, as they race through the beautiful woodlands of northern Italy, sprinting through muddy tracks and enjoying the sense of healthy competition and freedom this activity can bring.
We love orienteering and our clients do too. In most Italian regions, the weather will be warm enough for this fun and safe team building activity throughout the autumn and most of the winter. Whether you choose the rolling hills of Tuscany and Umbria or the Mediterranean landscapes of Sicily or Apulia, your team will be able to spend plenty of time outdoors, tracing maps and working together towards a shared goal. Orienteering is the perfect activity to reinforce leadership skills and problem-solving abilities, as it presents each team with a complex challenge that can only be overcome by working together as a group, while each individual is entrusted with specific tasks. While this activity doesn’t necessarily come with its own protective gear, it is nonetheless easy to make it entirely safe, by encouraging social distancing and substituting shared maps with individual and inter-connected tablets.
This is the ultimate team-building activity. This is what everyone thinks of when they think of team building. Softair is, first and foremost, incredibly entertaining. It’s a videogame for grownups, a spectacular exercise in strategic and tactical thinking, and, at the same time, it’s a fantastic opportunity to let our inner child out for a day of unbridled fun. Much like quad racing, softair is the ultimate safe team-building option, because it already comes with protective gear. Another major perk of softair is its flexibility as a team-building tool: it can be used to strengthen the bonds within a new team, to encourage team-work, to bring out natural leaders, and to help individual members of the team integrate and overcome social anxiety. Did we mention it’s a lot of fun too?