So, we did it.
A team of eight from Saracen completed the London South Tough Mudder last month and it was memorable… It was tough and muddy (no surprises there then !) but it was also exhilarating, challenging and, most of all, a lot of fun.
We trained together, we spent time outside of work together and we problem-solved, shared advice and pulled together to make sure everyone completed the course on the day. In fact, as far as team-bonding exercises go, this was up there with the best…
More and more companies are now adopting a cause and engaging in increased levels of group charitable activity. Think about how many times you’ve been asked, in the last 12 months alone, to contribute to a client, supplier or co-worker’s Just Giving page. Maybe they are running a marathon, slugging it out in a charity soccer match or dragging their way along a seriously muddy obstacle course. Whatever the activity, the chances are that they will be getting a lot more out of it than your support for their chosen charity.
I can personally attest to this – because we certainly did ! Having experienced two out of three of the fore-mentioned charitable activities, and with a lot of my co-workers alongside me as I undertook these tasks, I can tell you now, it’s not just about the money.
Part of it is down to wanting to give something back and to having a focus that is relevant to the wider community. That always will, and should be, the main driver. Raising money for a good cause is definitely the end- game, however there is a by-product which is of great value to many a company boss: Team-building.
Bring a set of workers together, off-site and with a common cause, and put them in a challenging environment, with a bit of a mission to achieve, and human nature takes its course. No matter how unlikely the group of individuals involved and how great the spectrum in terms of levels of athleticism; those individuals will most likely work together to get the best results. It’s incredibly inspiring and there’s a real adrenalin rush and buckets of team spirit involved in most fund-raising, physical activities that knit a team together in a way that no corporate activity could achieve.
We’ve had the honour of steadily raising significant funds for Saracen’s nominated good cause, Naomi House & Jacksplace, over the years. These hospices, based in Winchester, for children and young adults, do incredible work, providing a huge support for those with serious medical conditions, who are unlikely to live to adulthood, and their families. It’d be disingenuous of me, however, not to mention how much Saracen gets out of supporting this charity and the activities we undertake in its name.
These charitable activities replace any expensive, organized corporate team-building exercises we could put into play in the best possible way. We get to show our support for these laudable causes and we also get to work together as a team, re-energise, test ourselves and bond while having a great deal of fun in the process.
For those who want to bring members of the team at work together, and to create and strengthen links within that team, collectively taking part in events to raise money for charity has to be a no-brainer.