When it comes to improving workplace dynamics, most managers, corporate event planners and employees aren’t exactly sure where to start. Some think engaging in team bonding exercises is the solution. Others believe team building activities are a more prudent course of action. In fact, the differences between team bonding and team building are often overlooked.
Refreshing Mountain is proud to offer outdoor and indoor adventure based activities that help groups achieve both of these goals.
The Difference Between Team Building and Team Bonding
The key difference between team building and team bonding is that team building is based on the theory that the group, or team, has specific dynamics in the workplace that can be improved upon by “building up” specific individual and team skills. Effective communication is one skill that comes to mind.
Attempts at such skill development and improvement take the form of team building exercises that are best performed in isolated settings like Refreshing Mountain.
Nature retreats allow group members to escape their computer screens, cubicle walls, family dramas and other distractions that often stand in the way of rebuilding what is broken. The group’s focus will be squarely placed on engaging in team building activities that highlight specific weak points. These targeted efforts to build a team as a collective are distinct from team bonding efforts.
Team bonding activities are centered on improving the chemistry between group members. In short, its fun. Bonds between group members can absolutely be strengthened with group activities. There are distinct activities available for groups that would like to enhance relationships and enjoy an afternoon or day of fun.
Building – Identifying and Rebuilding Common Team Deficiencies
Each team’s dynamic is highly unique. Since teams are comprised of fallible individuals, there is almost always room for improvement. Whether breakdowns have occurred in communication, leadership, creativity, time management, general project management or decision making, Refreshing Mountain can use our tried and true resources to help. We find that team building results can be highly effective when specific problems have been identified in advance and team building activities can be carefully planned or orchestrated for maximum affect.
The team building activities and events you select will serve to rectify specific breakdowns. As a manager or corporate event planner, try to prioritize what needs the most attention before planning your next a team building session. You don’t have to do it all on your own. Tap into Refreshing Mountain’s talented team building experts and we’ll help you figure out whether your group can benefit from our team building events or if they would be better served through team bonding activities.
Bonding – Propel Relationships To New Levels
Spend some time thinking about whether your team might best benefit from a strengthening of interpersonal bonds. If you have any question as to whether your team needs to bond or build, do not hesitate to reach out to our retreat’s facilitators for direction.
Refreshing Mountain provides a peaceful nature setting where your team can propel already existing bonds to new levels. We’ve gone to great lengths to custom design specific team bonding activities in a context that can be free of competitive pressure and loaded with fun.
The aim of bonding activities is not to “one-up” one another at a certain activity. Rather, these activities are designed to uplift every group member and help him understand the value of fellow group members.
Refreshing Mountain’s team bonding exercises are best described as fun, learning experiences. Think of them as an opportunity to escape the workplace grind and develop a better understanding of peers’ idiosyncrasies, strengths and weaknesses.
Book a team building event at Refreshing Mountain and your team will have a blast as they engage in events specifically designed to bolster already-existing bonds!
Let us Help You Select Activities That Will Best Serve Your Unique Group
Once you have determined whether team building or team bonding is necessary, your attention can shift to planning you special event. Refreshing Mountain’s team building and team bonding programs have proven effective for all different types of groups. We have experience hosting corporate groups, school groups, youth collectives, sports teams, church members and more. Plan your event today!
Refreshing Mountain is a year-round retreat and adventure center providing family friendly fun and refreshment for over 30 years in Lancaster County, PA. We provide a variety of outdoor adventures, day field trips, and corporate team-building events, and overnight getaways with activities including zipline canopy tours, high ropes course, climbing tower, problem solving challenges, and much more. Our center is built on 80 acres of beautiful PA woodland and is conveniently located just a short drive from Lancaster and Hershey attractions.