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Friday Island - the unique venue for team building events, corporate activity days and team building company fun games
Corporate Team Building
Island is a unique and exclusive location for team building events, corporate
activity days and team training set in the heart of the Cotswolds in the
Team Building Venue
The venue is designed, constructed and maintained specifically for corporate events, company parties, team building exercises and fun team days. Find out about our range of corporate and team building events...
Friday Island is the dream of a corporate event venue come true, centred around our very own Caribbean Island! The venue incorporates 120 acres of spring-fed lake with 15 islands, sandy beaches, tropical palm trees, lapping water, woodlands and many purpose built facilities. See more of the venue...
Team Building Events
We design and run many different team building events from 20 to 5000 guests with activities according to the theme of the day, including:
Read more about Friday Island's corporate event planning and team building facilities.
Company Fun Days & Team Building Games
One thing's for sure - we know how to get people enjoying themselves! Friday Island runs on people power.
From the event design team to our staff and instructors, no detail is left out. Friday Island people are polite, friendly, fun and safety conscious. An ideal venue for team building games and company fun days. Our people together with your people create a wonderful atmosphere that can only be described as "That Friday Island Feeling".
Friday Island Weddings
Looking for somewhere unique, magical and exotic for your wedding? How about Friday Island? It's the perfect romantic setting for a truly spectacular day. Whatever size wedding party you have, we give you exclusive use of the island for the entire day.
Extract from Rapport – The magazine for Personal Development – Feb Issue
Team Building way days are designed to make office workers bond and work more effectively. Joanna Goodman investigates
The current revival in team-building away days is hardly surprising. Email, voice mail, mobile messaging and teleconferencing have reduced the need for face-to-face meetings. Technology and geography create virtual teams that may never physically meet. As a result, organisations have to work harder to maintain good working relationships and team spirit among their employees. It follows, therefore, that a recent study has found that almost 80 per cent of UK organisations regularly spend money on team-building away days and weekends.
The amount of performance improvement that is possible from turned on teams is not small – it is enormous, the study revealed. Firms realise the importance of having committed teams pulling together and team building has become big business. The alcohol-fuelled jollies of a decade ago have been replaced by a plethora of programmes promising to facilitate team bonding as well as providing employers with a valuable insight into the way their workers’ minds work and how they approach challenges.
There is an enormous selection of activities on offer, all designed to create the right environment for team bonding. They include adventurous outdoor pursuits, treasure hunts and spy games. Given the wide range of options and the fact that managers are often time poor, many companies are turning to tailor-made away days focused on their particular requirements.
Getting people away from the office has great benefits. It breaks the link with everyday concerns and the office hierarchy, so that staff at different levels and in separate departments can get to know each other and engage in healthy competition. But what do team-building activities really achieve?
According to Peter Burton, sales and marketing manager of Friday Island, a purpose-built centre that arranges team-building days and corporate events, there are three main reasons for arranging a company away day.
• As the basis for team building, leadership development and management training.
• To bring together people from different branches of the same organisation to get to know each other.
• To build team spirit and motivation, deal with leadership issues, integrate new staff into existing teams and create ‘a renaissance mood’.
In each case the overall aim is to help team members understand and support each other and realise that in an effective team, ‘Our differences are our strength,’ as Burton puts it.
How do people respond to competing with their colleagues? ‘Some companies just want everybody to bond together, but it’s human nature to want to compete,’ explains Burton. ‘Once you put people into teams, they get fired up and want to win, which is good for motivation and morale.’
The people who really matter though, are the employees. Peter Oliver is a sales manager in a multinational company that recently sent its UK employees to Friday Island. ‘There were about 40 of us in eight cross-functional teams,’ he explains. ‘We spent a whole day getting to know people from other departments and this definitely improved working relationships. The away day was particularly useful as employees are based in different locations and many of them had never actually met, even though they worked with the same clients.’ Oliver feels that although younger and fitter employees tended to be at an advantage, particularly as people got wet, cold and tired, the activities did reflect the fitness levels of the whole group. ‘The finale was a dragon boat race, and absolutely everyone enjoyed that,’ he says. ‘They also loved the hot tub afterwards!’ According to Oliver, a lot of the bonding took place around the camp fire, as people relaxed and discussed the day’s events. It also gave them a shared experience to take back to the office. Oliver feels the day was a great success.
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