KENYA RE CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING
The term, “team building”, has become a catchphrase in recent years, and has many connotations.
In terms of corporate development, team building exercises are important, not for the immediate experience of the activities performed by the team, but more importantly for the group skills, communication and bonding that result.
Team building programmes provide realistic experiences that empower individuals to contribute to common goals. The success of most organisations depends on the ability of individuals to build effective teams. The activity, be it an obstacle course or the chocolate challenge, is merely the means to the end: a high-impact learning experience.
The main goals of team building are to improve productivity and motivation. Taking employees out of the office helps groups to break down political and personal barriers, eliminate distractions, and have fun. The benefits of team building programmes are so significant that many organisations have incorporated them into their standard training curriculum.
On 4th November 2016, the Kenya Re team headed to the prestigious Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club for the annual team building event. The occasion presented an opportunity for staff members to mingle informally and build new relationships.
Staff performed various exercises, all of which were enjoyable and purposeful.
An activity that stood out was the treasure hunt. It required teams to scavenge around the hotel’s vast grounds in search of clues and gifts. The exercise really showed the organisation’s unity as every single member contributed equally in their team’s task, regardless of their name or title. There were no losers on the day.
While giving his remarks during the event, Kenya Re managing director Jadiah Mwarania spoke of the importance of team building to an organisation’s performance, and hinted that the frequency of the exercise could be increased.