Staff development experts are also increasingly looking at the benefits of team building exercises. A paper by the Queensland Department of Education states: “…individual brilliance does not singlehandedly decide the fate of an entire project. Almost always, it is the joint efforts (or the lack thereof) of the whole team that eventually decide the success or failure of a project. In such cases, team building in the workplace becomes absolutely essential for a number of reasons.”

Improved ‘quality’ of work

Team building exercises are important when you consider strengthening communication bonds between employees and upper management. Improvements in employee relations, understanding and cooperation are ultimately reflected in their quality of work.

Team building exercises have been found to significantly contribute to employee motivation, trust in the office, and higher productivity. However, this doesn’t mean you have to fork out for expensive company retreats and workshop facilitators. Simple fitness training options can bring colleagues together out of office hours, which helps reinforce bonds between employees that will improve workplace cooperation and a sense of unity and purpose among workers.

More energy and reduced absenteeism

Naturally any health related pursuit has the added benefit of reducing absenteeism and improving the physical energy, mental wellbeing and overall happiness of employees.

Lawyers from Henry Davis York train with Urban Kombat in our Corporate Elite program for Kombat Fit, and Krav Maga Black. They report greater energy for the rigours of litigation, and a sense of team bonding that has lifted the entire office. “You get to bond with your colleagues in circumstances you ordinarily wouldn’t, and you see your fitness steadily improve,” said one senior associate.

Improved team culture

Teekay Shipping also reports great improvements in employee welfare. Teekay’s HR manager Steve says “we’re losing weight, getting fitter, are more fun to be around and it’s a good bonding experience we’re really enjoying.”

Whether you want to improve employee relations, improve the quality of work produced, or just have your employees happy and healthy, a fitness-based team bonding experience is a cost effective option.

Teekay employee Lyndall says she would not normally exercise, but when the company offered the Urban Kombat program to ‘combat sedentary office life’, she took it up and has revelled in the challenges.

Whether you want to improve employee relations, improve the quality of work produced, or just keep your employees happy and healthy, a fitness-based team bonding experience is your best option. Learning Krav Maga offers one of the most natural, effective, and holistic physical (and mental) workouts possible. If you’d like talk about organising a corporate fitness program for your team, contact Urban Kombat today.