Social responsibility to drive team building growth in NZ

New Zealand businesses are trending towards fun, innovative and community-focused team building activities, according to corporate team building professional Darren Eckford.

Eckford, who is New Zealand Manager of Corporate Challenge Events, said he forecasts team building activities which support a charity or community program to grow in 2016.

“Organisations all across New Zealand are looking for unique ways to develop their staff and are increasingly choosing options that are community focused,” said Eckford.

“A team building event is a fun and novel way for businesses to support their own corporate social responsibility program.

“Many of the team building programs we have delivered for clients throughout New Zealand this year have had a fundraising or donation element to them. We have even created some more new programs this year that provide this charitable support.”

This year the total amount raised for charities through Corporate Challenge Events team building programs in New Zealand and Australia exceeded $200,000.

The most popular charity-based team building program was ‘Bikes For Tykes’. This program requires teams to work through strategic group activities to ultimately build a bike and donate it to a children’s charity.

One of the largest ‘Bikes For Tykes’ programs in 2015 was delivered for New Zealand staffing provider, AWF. More than 140 of their staff split into teams to build 14 bikes which were donated to a children’s charity.

Another large charity-based team building event that Corporate Challenge Events delivered this year was for Arnotts as part of its 150 year anniversary.

Held at the Auckland Zoo, 65 staff from Arnotts participated in a scavenger hunt with the result being 85 packed lunch boxes, drink bottles and homework bags donated to KidsCanNZ.

The largest overall team building event delivered by Corporate Challenge Events was for more than 200 participants at the Karaka Sport Park in Auckland last weekend. It was a ‘Mini Olympics’ delivered for Independent Liquor.

Team building events were delivered for clients all over New Zealand from a ‘Survivor’ program in Hokianga in the north to a family fun day event in Balclutha in the south.

Eckford also highlighted two new team building programs which were launched in 2015 to provide support to students from low decile schools – ‘Takes All Sports’ and ‘You Have Been Schooled’.

“We recently delivered the first ‘Takes All Sports’ program for New Zealand-owned investment firm Forsyth Barr at Waiheke Sports Ground,” said Eckford.

“The result was our client donating much needed sports equipment to Waiheke Primary School.”

Eckford said professional conference organisation and the planning and delivery of other corporate events was also growing for his organisation.

“Last weekend we delivered a family fun day for more than 500 people for Danone Nutritia New Zealand, showcasing the diversity in events we deliver for clients.”

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