|A school visit in Smokey Mountain village in Manila where volunteers participated in an interaction program, feeding and donation.|
I recall sending my office's HR a recommendation letter more than 5 years ago - suggesting a re-format or remodel of the usual team-building activities in our company. You see, after working for quite some time, I had enough of those team sports, and worse - useless entertainment-presentations!
I don't know why Filipinos in particular are so much into presentations be it dancing, singing, theatrics and what not! It may probably help in team bonding, but I just thought that time spent on activities should be both effective and more meaningful.
The gist (of the reco) was that - instead of doing 'the usual stuff', we dedicate our time, effort and limited budget to something more relevant - either related to environment or community.
Past forward to couple of years back - I am glad that I'm actually seeing changes (nothing to do with my forgotten note) and actually witnessed more socially-focused activities within my own team.
It's probably due to better awareness, or perhaps the pile of work on the 'need area' was just so much that it became evident that we should do something - small or otherwise.
For those in charge of planning or conceptualizing their next team-building or offsite activities, here are some photos / ideas to help you get started. There are obviously so much more ideas out there, it's more a matter of will and desire.
|A quick trip near an offsite venue to plant tree seedlings could be a very meaningful activity. Tree-planting is often overlooked or downgraded in terms of importance - but one of the direct ways to fight climate change.|
|A simple awareness trip may also be a good add if near or around an offsite venue. This pic is in Morong Bataan, and visitors learn about sea turtles particularly Olive Ridley, and how to help with the conservation.|
|More than the activity itself (this is a tree-nurturing trip in Ipo watershed), participants get the chance to experience real outdoors!|
There's so much more and in fact, most resorts or offsite venues already have an idea or 2 on how to go about adding social relevance to a team-building event.
Or, you can always go back to that 'old model' where teams or sub-groups practice nightly for their singing/dancing/theater performance for the big team-building event. Fun - yes, socially meaningful or helpful - maybe not.