Corporate Team Building Days in Cheshire

Spending a day in the Great British countryside is a great way to energise your employees. Time out of the office can have an energising effect and getting outside and having the chance to have some fun with colleagues is an excellent way of strengthening a team and helping employees to develop key skills.

Employees Pulling In Same Direction

Here at the Crocky Trail we offer an invigorating environment in which to bring your employees together. We offer customised team building activities here in the heart of Cheshire in a stunning rural setting. Whether you are looking for structured exercises that will help you team to develop specific skills like improved problem solving or communication; or if you just want to give your employees a fun day out, then the Crocky Trail is the perfect environment.

If you are a business located in Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Warrington or any of the surrounding areas and you are looking for team building activities in Cheshire, contact us here at the Crocky Trail!

Why Corporate Team Building Makes Sense

If you can put a smile on your employees faces and facilitate them having fun, you’ll find there are a whole host of benefits to be had.

The Benefits of Team Building

  • Increase productivity
  • Helps with problem solving
  • Improve motivation
  • Overcome conflict within same/different departments
  • Drive creativity

One of the most common goals of corporate team building is to increase productivity and get individual team members working more efficiently together. Team building exercises are a great way of helping employees become more familiar with their colleagues, which in turn can lead to insights and shared common ground that might otherwise have been unapparent.

A team is made up of a group of people and to be productive the group must be cohesive, which essentially means there should be no conflict within the team and each individual member should be working towards achieving a common goal.

Group dynamics however can be complex with multiple underlying processes that will influence how effectively people work together. Tuckman’s theory of group development, published in 1965 identifies 5 distinct stages.

  • Storming
  • Forming
  • Norming
  • Performing
  • Adjourning

1 Group Storming

When a small group of individuals first come together it takes time for individual roles and personalities to become apparent. During this stage individuals will seek to relate to each other and share information about themselves either directly or through the projection of their personality. This is generally a tumultuous time but should progress forwards to the next forming stage.

2 Group Forming

The group of individual can now identify themselves and others as members of the same time. During this stage structure and hierarchy will be defined. This stage often causes conflict as members fight for their preferred position and attempt to prove themselves suited to a particular role. Team members may be defensive and resistant, clashing with others due to differences in things like personality and communication skills.

Negotiation is often helpful at this stage to ensure that all group members are relatively happy with their position in the group, perceived or otherwise.

3 Group Norming

The group is now established and can begin working together. Individual roles will be clarified and essentially all the foundations will now be put into place to allow the group to begin working together to achieve their goal(s).

4 Group Performing

This stage involves the group performing in order to meet their goals. The focus during this stage is upon performance and getting things done. Group members will often need to interact with each other in order to complete tasks and individuals at this stage should be working to support each other, rather than hinder the tasks progress.

Roles during this stage are generally highly function oriented, think of a well oiled machine operating with all the component parts working harmoniously together to move forwards.

5 Group Adjourning

This final stage involves completion of the task and the team members once again becoming individuals as the team is disbanded.

Clearly there are many elements of teams working together that could present potential problems that can hinder a groups ability to move forwards and operate effectively, damaging the groups cohesion.

If you are a Cheshire based business and feel that your employees would benefit from a team building day, get in touch with us, we can help.

Group Team Building For Increased Efficiency

Team building however doesn’t just help out employees that aren’t performing well together. Team building can help existing teams become even more efficient and can be a great way of bringing new people who are going to be working with each other together. By gaining a deeper understanding of team members, trust is fostered, helping the group formation process.

Corporate team building days offer a tried and tested way to bring individuals together and get them working together in a relaxed and fun way, free of the normal workplace rules, helping them feel more relaxed, less constrained and crucially, happier and as a result more productive.

Find out more about corporate team building days or get in touch with us here.

Christmas Competition – NOW CLOSED

 

 Trail Facebook Competition

We’ve just closed our 2013 Christmas competition that saw us give away not one, but TWO family tickets to visit the Crock Trail. Visit us whenever you want to – we are open weekends and school holidays throughout the winter months, or wait until the warmer spring months, it’s completely up to you!

Each family ticket admits up to 6 people and is worth £66. We’ll be choosing TWO winners, and each winner will receive a family ticket for 6 people.

Entries Are Now Closed!

Visit our Facebook page to see our winner notification here: http://on.fb.me/I4ObnT

Competition Terms & Conditions

  • To qualify as a valid entry, all entrants must 1) Like the Crocky Trail Facebook page AND 2) Share the official competition post on Facebook
  • 2 winners will be randomly selected after the closing date and each will receive 1 family ticket that admits up to 6 people
  • Automated entries from competition bots and similar will be automatically disqualified
  • Closing date is 11:59am on Friday 13th December 2013
  • No cash alternatives will be provided
  • The Crocky Trail maintains the right to amend or withdraw this competition at any time
  • Winners will be selected after the closing date and will be notified shortly after on Facebook

Winter Opening Information 2013 – 2014

Despite the change in season, throughout Autumn and Winter we still get some lovely bright and sunny days, ideal for some outdoor fun with us here at the Crocky Trail!

Winter opening hours

To help you get outside and active during the cooler months, we are pleased to announce that the Crocky Trail is open every day  from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. until 3rd November.

From Monday 4th November throughout the Autumn and Winter months the Crocky Trail is open weekends and during the school holidays only. If you are in any doubt, please give us a quick call and we can clarify things for you ahead of your visit to us.

During Autumn and Winter, you will of course need to wrap up warm! Walking boots and wellies are the order of the day and a warm fleece and waterproof layer will help to ensure you have a great adventure day out with us. For more information on what to wear, see our blog post Planning Your Family Fun Day Out.

Make Exceptions For Bad Weather!

Over the Winter months we still get some lovely bright days, however even at weekends the Crocky Trail may close due to adverse weather conditions, so please make sure you keep an eye on social media and/or our website for the latest information – or if you are at all unsure, give us a call.

For enquiries please call us on: 01244 336161

For full contact details and how to find us, click here.