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Do and don’t’s when planning your corporate team outing

Working a 9-5 job is monotonous and consumes you, added to that the travel time spent in notorious Bangalore traffic! You’re pretty much on zombie mode by the time you get back home. To break this monotony and find a fun way to unwind with your co-workers a lot of large companies host corporate team outings in Bangalore. It is a great way for the team to bond and it helps in developing a positive work culture. After the hustle and bustle of the city, most companies prefer to book resorts away from the city that also offers a lot of outdoor activities. Resorts like Discovery Village are perfect for corporate outings as they offer activities like trekking, kayaking, and camping.

While corporate outings are fun, there are a few things to keep in mind when participating in them.

Come prepared as a team

A corporate outing may seem like you are on a break from the office, but it is often a way to strengthen team relations and a lot of the activities may require you to work together as a team to excel. Come mentally prepared to spend time with your team members and to fully participate in the activities planned so that you will also have a chance to learn. Be mindful of the time and be punctual when you arrive for your outing. This is also a great time to voice out and mend any issues between team members.  This is also a chance for you to get out of your office shell and show your co-workers your fun side. It’s a great time to work on your networking skills and get to know co-workers who may not be a part of your team. Don’t shy away from talking to the upper management, they will be more accessible and at the ease away from the office.

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Stay with your team

Some of the activities planned on outdoor corporate retreats may include nature walks or wildlife safaris. When you are in unknown territory it is best to stick with your team. Don’t wander off on your own and always inform your team members if you are going for a walk by yourself. Also, be cautious and respectful of the area and the rules as it is for your own safety. Resorts like Discovery Village are about responsible for eco-tourism without disrupting the environment. So don’t litter and leave the area clean.

Dressing

While most corporates encourage their employees to ditch their business suits and don casual outfits for corporate outings. You will want to take into account the location you are staying at and the activities planned so that you can dress accordingly. Keep your outfit office casual but office appropriate and well put together. If there are a lot of outdoor activities like trekking or nature walks planned, wear shoes that are comfortable and clothes that won’t restrict you from participating. Check beforehand if any water activities are planned so that you can carry your swimwear.

Leave your work behind

While the outing may be a corporate one, it does not mean that you spend the entire day discussing work or replying to emails on your phone. Leave the office work behind for some time and focus on the time and activities with your team members. Be fully present and engaged in the exercises planned.

Office romances

When you work together over a period of time, there are bound to be office romances. At a corporate outing, when you shed your inhibitions be careful about blurring the lines between your co-workers. Be mindful not to do anything inappropriate, remember that you work with these people on a daily basis and you wouldn’t want it to be awkward.

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Alcohol

After a long day of team-building exercises and outdoor activities, some companies are okay with alcohol being served at the corporate outing. However, an excess in consumption can lead to unruly and unwanted behavior. If you want to have a drink or two, it is best to do it in moderation. Don’t let the alcohol get the better of you and confuse your corporate outing in Bangalore with your regular social outing with your friends. Corporate outings have certain unwritten codes of conduct and unruly, drunk behavior is always frowned upon. If you are an unknown place or in a resort with a swimming pool or water body, don’t get into the water when drunk. It may seem like a fun idea at the time but it is dangerous and against the rules of the resort.

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