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April 5, 2016 by
Jay Medley
Is there anything more cringe-worthy than seeing a team-building exercise on the meeting agenda? Can’t stand to do another trust-fall with your coworkers?

Team-building exercises don’t have to be this way; there are so many fun activities that can bring a team together, build morale, and boost many teamwork skills in a way that is so sneaky that no one would even realize it’s a corporate event. Take rock climbing, for example.

It’s a fun activity that many people would love to try, but when done with corporate team-building in mind, can use and develop plenty of skills that are needed in a working environment. If you’re planning your company’s next team-building event, you need to consider rock climbing.

Many rock climbing gyms, including Houston’s Texas Rock Gym, have packages specifically for corporate groups, taking all of the guesswork out of planning the event yourself.

At Texas Rock Gym, they have different packages taking anywhere from two-and-a-half hours to four hours, depending on your group’s needs. All include icebreakers and a group challenge, but the longer time allows for more activities to bring out the skills you want to highlight.

There’s more of a focus on skills rather than the physical challenge and exercise when you’re completing a corporate event. This can bring out more skills than the typical communication and confidence-building that you’d expect from rock climbing.

You can also develop time management, goal setting, and problem solving skills with your team with rock climbing when you incorporate the right activities! In the end, team members will be filled with a sense of accomplishment and may feel like they’ve learned something new about their coworkers and fellow climbers.

So how can you get your team into rock climbing? First, you need to take a look at your group members. Are they physically able to rock climb? If you have a lot of team members who are elderly or have movement and mobility issues, this may not be the best group activity.

You’ll need to talk to your team members (perhaps privately) before you book, because even those who look physically able may have an invisible challenge, and those with visible challenges may be able to adapt to certain activities.

Encourage those with a fear of heights to at least try to join in (we’ve had a previous blog post about climbing with a fear of heights, it is very possible.) The point of a team-building exercise is to include the whole team, so make sure that they are able to at least attempt the activity.

What’s better after a team building exercise (and after any physical exercise, really,) than food? The gym may be able to provide lunch for an extra fee so that your group can continue to bond over a meal and discuss the activities they just completed.

So the next time that you’re charged with planning a team building exercise, go for something your coworkers will actually remember and enjoy. Your team will grow and develop; they’ll have great, shared memories; and you’ll be a hero for saving everyone from the typical trust-falls and sharing exercises.

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