Paintball is not just for weekend warriors looking for a fun free time activity. Rather, paintball is being used with ever increasing frequency as a means of team building for businesses and other types of organizations. A business, as well as its employees, can enjoy a number of significant benefits when this enjoyable activity is used as a team building experience.
Positive Relationship Development
A business enterprise functions optimally when its employees develop and maintain strong, positive connections between themselves. Another reality, albeit contradictory, is that the workaday environment oftentimes is structured and functions in a manner that actually prevents the development of appropriately strong interconnections between employees. In the end, littering the workplace with inspiration posters about “being part of the team” simply is not enough to enhance positive relationships between employees.
Paintball permits the development of positive, strong connections and relationships between employees. First and foremost, when a group of people who normally work together are placed in an environment in which they can actually enjoy themselves in a more uninhibited manner, interrelationships necessarily transform. In addition, although employees typically are called upon to take a team approach in the workplace, this activity allows them to truly refine cooperative skill sets because of the very nature of the sport.
Strategic and Critical Thinking Enhancement
Business owners and managers list the development of strategic and critical thinking skills to be a major priority within their respective enterprises. In the end, seminars on strategic and critical thinking are capable of informing employees as to what these concepts mean. However, educating individuals is not the same as instilling the skills.
The goals and objectives of paintball necessarily call upon team members to engage in significant and meaningful strategic and critical thinking. Moreover, it requires the fusion of these efforts into a group decision making process — precisely what business owners and managers truly value in this day and age.
Competition Enhances Team Cohesion
A fundamental principle of enterprise success is that a cohesive team is more apt to achieve the underlying goals and objectives of a business enterprise or other type of organization. The problem is that in many ventures, a true sense of cohesion among employees either fails to take hold or, if it does, cannot be maintained for an extended period of time.
Paintball is designed to be a competitive endeavor. Research indicates that competitive activities necessarily enhance the sense of cohesion between individuals working towards a common objective. This type of team cohesion in a competitive arena is seen consistently in professional and college sports. Paintball provides the same sort of setting in which cohesion between team members is imperative to ultimate success. Once established in the paintball arena, the sense of cohesion can carry over into the work environment.