Why Charity Events Are Great for Corporate Team Building

By on May 15, 2016

If your office is looking for a corporate team building activity or event there are a few different options to consider. You could go paintballing, go-karting, fishing, camping or even swing from the forest canopy on a rope course – there are so many different activities out there that promise to improve your teamwork and bring employees closer together. But this time, why not do a team building activity that will not only help your colleagues to bond, but will also benefit a good cause?

When it comes time to plan your next team building event, think outside the box and consider making double use of your events budget so that you can help a good cause. It makes a lot of sense to do your team building and help out a charity at the same time. By having your company work with each other in the name of a good cause you will be encouraging teamwork and problem solving.

Whether it is volunteering at a homeless shelter, attempting to cycle London to Paris on a long distance charity bike ride or holding a fundraising event, here are some of the reasons why a charity challenge can be a great corporate team building project.

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  • It will allow the team to practice their problem solving skills. For example, how do you plan a marketing campaign for a charity that has very few resources? You will need to be creative to make the most of the small budget you have.
  • In this exercise your staff might have the opportunity to use talents beyond those that they use in their day jobs, so it could be a way to discover some valuable hidden expertise.
  • You can mix up the teams with different staff members who don’t regularly work together. This will allow them to forge new relationships, which will benefit them when they are back in the office.
  • You will be giving your staff members a wonderful and life changing experience that will bring a lot of positive energy into their lives. Doing something for a good cause makes you feel good and will improve your overall happiness, satisfaction and mental well-being.
  • Taking part in a charity event can also be a great way to create positive publicity for your company. Tell the story to your local newspaper and television channel and they might want to run a short spot about your charity project. This is really great for your brand because it demonstrates that your company does helpful things for the community.
  • When you choose a charity that is based locally and helps the community, your staff will see the results around them and will be regularly reminded of what they have achieved.
  • When you step back and look at your efforts there is a great sense of pride that is really inspiring and will motivate your employees to achieve more.
  • Your staff will engage their family and friends to support them in the cause, which is a great way to spread the word about your brand via word of mouth.
  • Also, this is a great opportunity to establish stronger relationships with stakeholders and corporate sponsors.
  • You will get a chance to interact with the charity organizers and learn from them. They have a lot of experience in their industry and they have coped with the unique challenges of running a charity, so they will have a lot of insight to give.
  • Your staff will complete this team building exercise having learned some valuable skills, but also having done something positive to help others and make the community a better place – which will be an incredibly rewarding feeling.

These are just a few of the reasons why you might want to consider a charity event for your next corporate team building project. Charity events can be wonderful opportunities for team building, whether it is a fundraiser, bake sale, charity trek, long distance bike ride or any other type of event.

Take your time to find the right charity for your company to get behind, then encourage everyone to get involved. When an entire team works together harmoniously, they can achieve much more than they ever could have as individuals. That is what team building is all about!

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