Our experience in working with several organizations from different industries has shown that activity-led, nature-bound team outings bring a lot of benefits to employees and teams, covering all the bases - employee engagement, collaboration and employee wellness. The last of these cannot be stressed enough upon. Employees who were once sitting all day behind their desks in the office are now, since the pandemic, doing the same at home. The isolation from lack of real social interactions further compounds the existing issues of sedentary lifestyle and physical and mental health conditions.
We have been receiving a lot of feedback from participants about our bicycle rides that indicate a clear way forward to mitigate these risks. Employees say that being in a pristine setting, close to nature, with fresh country air, away from the hustle of the city, engaging in a physical activity like cycling, gives them not only the opportunity to unwind but also pushes them as a team to do something challenging together. It is beautiful to see how teams ensure that no member is left behind on these rides and how everyone together has a wonderful experience, with a collective spirit of adventure and love for nature. It is testament to our belief that these activities can improve multiple facets of employee well-being, teamwork and engagement. Participants repeatedly say that they feel reinvigorated to get back to their work setting after these breaks. They leave these events with a sense of achievement, a renewed love for nature, a renewed desire to work on their fitness and often a fresh perspective of other members of their team, combined with a grown mutual respect.