Why getting outdoors is the best way to boost office morale


Blossom on the trees, the dawn chorus, and fewer winter coats blocking your path on the Tube – yes, spring is coming to London.

It’s the perfect time get your team out and about, to shake off the winter blues, and create new friendships and bonds.

Companies can choose from a whole host of al fresco team building adventures as this great city takes on a whole new lease of life.

UK country manager of Evendo, Simon Nichols, says: “As a company that is shaking up the events marketplace, it’s important that we practice what we preach.

“We kick started our spring campaigns with a spot of team bonding by blasting up the Thames in a speedboat, shook off the cobwebs, and got the whole team laughing and screaming.”

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Healthy employees means increased productivity

Studies have shown that spending time outdoors can have numerous health benefits for employees.

These include lowering blood pressure, assisting with mental health, helping to protect vision by taking a break from screen time, and boosting the immune system; leading to increased productivity, less sickness and, ultimately, making and saving money for the business.

Office dwellers are not generally blessed with a huge amount of natural light, and vitamin D plays a big part in ensuring employees stay fit and healthy, so shut down the laptop and enjoy a bit of the spring sunshine.

Does company culture and work life balance mean we just pop downstairs to grab a sandwich when actually getting a bit of fresh air and stretching the legs would potentially help boost creativity?

According to a 2013 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine just walking in a green space for as little as 25 minutes is enough to give your brain a rest and boost cognitive functioning.

Is an urban jungle good for outdoor activities?

London is truly a green city and great for outdoor events, with 3,000 parks of varying sizes designated as ‘public open space’ – combined they cover almost a fifth of London.

Amazing Royal parks and cleaned up canals are inviting, while the Thames is classed as the cleanest urban river in the world.

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Outdoor team building activities that boost morale

We don’t have mountains and rolling meadows on our doorstep, but that doesn’t mean your team can’t enjoy the outdoors.
The less extreme nature of the Capital’s outdoors means its more open to everyone, perfect for mixed ability groups.

Be inclusive with activities, create those connections, and re-energise your team.

Create some completion among the teams by venturing out on a treasure hunt around an area of London, kayak around the Olympic Park or, for the more adventurous, a Go Ape high rope course.

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