The Hottest Trend in Corporate Team Building: 5 Reasons Why Axe Throwing is the Ideal Bonding Activity
Let’s face it, your team is incredible and deserves a little appreciation this winter season. So what will it be? Christmas in July? End of financial year party? Social club event? Staff rewards party? Whatever your plan, just make sure it’s memorable! We all know how much “fun” bowling can be, and if we’re honest, no one really wants to hear Carol belt out “It’s raining men” at karaoke for the fourth year in a row, so why not do something different!
Finding an activity that an entire team or office will enjoy can seem like an impossible task. But, believe it or not, axe throwing can be the perfect activity for all ages, interests, and fosters an environment for team bonding.
Still skeptical? Check out our top five reasons to use axe throwing for team building.
#1 AXE THROWING IS AN INCLUSIVE & ACCESSIBLE ACTIVITY
You're limited only by your ability to listen and adjust! Axe throwing is not divided by gender, weight or physicality (even at an elite level). It's an accessible sport for people with physical limitations or disabilities; we've successfully taught people in moon-boots, wheelchairs, walkers, people who are deaf and even blind. We use tried and tested coaching methods, calmness and positivity- we are experts (or axe-perts as we identify!) at teaching people how to throw axes!
#2 LEARNING A NEW SKILL FUELS CREATIVITY & COLLABORATION- PLUS IT'S SUPER BONDING!
Taking the chance to try something new takes guts. Showing your team that they have what it takes to slice those bullseyes will give them a morale-boost and an eagerness to continue smash their goals.
Now, we understand that suggesting axe throwing might be met with some resistance- There may be staff who are not sold on the idea. We've seen people of all walks of life overcome the self talk that tells them their not strong enough or co-ordinated enough. Overcoming fear and negative self talk leaves our least confident customers brimming with pride - it's an incomparable thrill!
#3 TEAM BASED GAMES BUILD BETTER COMMUNICATION
Bringing your team together outside of the office can be a fun and effective way to improve teamwork and identify people's strengths and weaknesses.
It builds trust, increases collaboration & communication and mitigates conflict. Effective team building improves company culture and can result in more engaged employees, which is good for boosting the bottom line!
If you've noticed fractures appearing within your team, or if you're keen to reignite the excitement and bond within your work group, selecting the right activity can draw out essential communication skills. Our team-based games transform quiet groups, break the ice and get the room cheering each other on!
#4 CELEBRATE INDIVIDUALITY & SMALL WINS TO MAKE EVERYONE FEEL LIKE A CHAMPION
When was the last time a whole room of people cheered for you? For most people, it was back at graduation, or at a school sports event. Being in a room filled with positivity and cheer is the antidote to the craziness of this past year. 2020 gave us all a whooping, and we're only just starting to discover the many ways it's impacting our collective mental health.
We're not promising to cure a global pandemic but we can offer some respite and help to re-energise your team. We're all about celebrating small wins and using positivity and connection to empower. We know if you're not sinking your axe into the bullseye, it's our chance to find the explanation that resonates with you!
#5 FINALLY, AN ACTIVITY THAT DOESN'T CENTRE AROUND ALCOHOL!
While most of us enjoy the odd tipple, alcohol and team building can bring it's own challenges! Often praised as "social lubricant" more and more companies are steering clear of alcohol-focussed bonding sessions. It can be awkward and noninclusive for those who don't drink, lead to unhealthy relationships with alcohol, result in reputational damage and we've all experienced those nights where the bar tab gets a little out of control!
Axe throwing is intoxicating in itself, as coaches we see groups getting louder, chanting and cheering, talking excitedly & generally becoming more gregarious with the added bonus that they are also becoming more coordinated!