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Almost 70% of workers not been on team building away day

Results of the independent survey, which questioned 1,263 UK workers and was commissioned by indoor go-karting company TeamSport, also suggests that men tend go on more team building away days than women (29% vs. 26%).

Nearly one in five workers (18%) agree that the opportunity to bond outside of work improves their working relationships, while around one in ten (11%) said that away days can help them to be more confident within their role. A similar number (14%) said they help improve their communication skills with managers.

In addition, just 39% of workers consider their work colleagues to be & lsquo;friends’ and 28% only & lsquo;tolerate’ their co-workers for an easier life.

When asked to choose what would make a fun and successful team building away day, both genders said “something logical” as their top answer (42% men and 43% women). However, men were more likely than women to mention high intensity activities – such as go-karting and paintballing (36% vs. 25%) – and also physical activities (35% vs. 28%).

The results also show that workers aged 25 to 34 are most likely to say they have gone on an away day in the past five years (41%), while those aged 55 and over are the least likely to have done so (18%).

Perhaps unsurprisingly, workers living in London were also more likely than any other region to say they have attended a team building day in the past five years (34%). Workers living in the North, the East and Wales were the least likely to have been on one (24% in each of these regions).

Among the options given, the least popular type of activity with workers was motivational tasks – such as speakers – with only 21% agreeing that this would make a fun and successful team building away day.

A quarter said that tasks which allow employees to be honest with their work colleagues – such as open discussions and suggestion sessions – would make for a fun and successful day.

Fiona Tayler, corporate events manager of TeamSport said, “Team building away days should be a crucial consideration for any business that is looking to improve the communication and overall morale of its employees.

“Off-site activities create the perfect opportunity for co-workers to become more motivated as a group, and can even help to break down any political and personal barriers that they may have.

“Many clients often feedback to us on how these corporate events can give them a clear understanding and new perspective of their employees on an individual basis, as well as the company as a whole, often seeing a huge improvement in team productivity and working relationships as a result.” To find out more on TeamSport's conference facilities and corporate booking service visit www.team-sport.co.uk/go-kart-racing-events/corporate-karting/

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