So what is the alternative?
Lets talk about OUTBOUND LEARNING:
Today, companies encourage the concept of learning outside the office. Outdoor training is not just climbing rocks. The whole experience influences one's behaviour and attitude towards the organisation. A few learn how to get along with others, while others learn trust.
A difficult decision at work often requires one to view a problem in a different light. Outbound activities create awareness and a shift from the common pattern of thought that aids lateral problem solving.
Consider this example of an outdoor game. A team of six is made to stand in a circle holding hands. They need to turn around such that they face outwards. The condition however is that they cannot release their hands. Most often groups tend to turn around together resulting in twisted arms and necks!
An easy way would be to first allow one person to move towards the members standing on the opposite side. This would automatically make him face outwards. Each member should then move away from his position such that the group is gradually able to form an outer circle.
Time and space for open and informal communication is a luxury one can afford in an outdoor training programme. Debriefing after a game provides employees an opportunity to express their concerns and clear misunderstandings( rendered all the more cosy around a bonfire).
Open and frank communications reduce conflict and improve interpersonal relationships. Teams spend less time arguing and direct their efforts to more critical issues like increasing productivity.
Outbound learning thus creates an environment of mutual trust that can be transferred to work situations.
Precautions against potential dangers and briefing sessions make employees realise that the company is concerned about their safety. This increases one's faith in the organisation.
Outbound Exercises create an awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of team members. For example, a person who brings in the least contracts at work earns the respect of his team and superiors when he saves a colleague from falling. A team's performance depends on individual talents and behaviour. Desirable traits like dependence displayed during outbound training can be assimilated and utilised for effective teamwork.
The calm and serenity offered by nature, allows one to return to the work place refreshed and energised. Employees appreciate the efforts of the management in providing them a memorable and rewarding experience.