Team Building in Calgary
No matter how big or small your business is, you need to provide some bonding time for your employees from time to time. Unless you are a sole proprietor where you have to be a Jack or Jill of all trades and do everything yourself, you have to let your employees get to know one and other in a social setting.
We are lucky in Calgary to have so many options when it comes to team building. Our proximity to the mountains gives us a lot of options that companies in other cities just don’t have. One of my favorite team building excursions was when I worked at Nortel and our whole group went on a hike to the plain of Six Glaciers at Lake Louise. We took our time because not everyone was in the same physical condition, and we took frequent breaks to enjoy the view. Once we got to the top, we had a piece of apple pie in the little restaurant at the top. This great experience took up the whole day with travel time to Lake Louise and back to Calgary. It was well worth it, but if you don’t have the whole day, there are numerous other great trails to try in Banff and Kananaskis.
Another great idea is to go bowling. This one is the easiest to do because you can stay in town and everyone can bowl. It is best however to do the 5 pin bowling with the small balls that fit in your hand. Some people find it difficult to throw the larger balls used in 10 pin bowling. Also the germ freaks will not like that they have to put their fingers into those holes where thousands of other people have had their hands.
One thing that most people never think of is cooking classes. This will depend on the size and demographics of your group, but you should at least suggest it to your employees. Several companies here in Calgary offer cooking classes geared to corporate team building and your employees will learn something that they can take home to impress their families. Also, you get to eat the great meal you created when you are finished
Those are the three things I enjoyed most out of all the activities I got to experience so far, while team building with my co-workers. There are many other ideas, such as go-karting, skating, the Zoo, Heritage Park, rafting down the Bow, skiing, cycling, and just going to a movie. Some of these require more interaction than others, so a movie would be last on my list. Going to a dark movie theatre where you can’t talk kind of defeats the purpose.
Of course these all have different levels of liability, so make sure you get the appropriate waivers signed and get it cleared through your manager.