Team Building Activity With Serious Adventure And Lots Of Plain Fun For Accountants
Getting out the office environment every once in a while can improve wellbeing. For example, accountants need team building activities because they are always cooped up in their offices. A unique team building activity is to go up the mountains or canyons and hike on trails so that the mind will be free from all the stresses of work.
In 2018, HMWC CPA & Business Advisors celebrated their 50th year in business. From a sole practitioner in the office in 1968, the firm has reached a milestone of 100 personnel. One of the factors that account for the firm’s success and sustainability is the approach employed that differs from their competitors. Tradition is one of the ways that set the firm apart from others.
One of the traditions is to have some serious, adventurous or just plain fun. The Death March is one of the enduring annual events that have given the company distinction. While travel can be a good thing, ideas often come at the oddest moments. The firm has experts in accounting, audit and tax but they know nothing about backpacking or hiking at high altitudes.
What was supposed to be a 25-mile hike to the top of Mt. Whitney became a 45-mile death march. The firm started to learn about team building and how it would apply on the trail as well as in business. The accountants set their sights to more reasonable levels by getting in shape and bringing lighter backpacks. They could not get very far because the mountain pass was covered with snow and ice.
The trip was cut short but the accountants learned something important from the activity and that is the need for research, good maps and the sense to follow them closely. The next team building activity included family and clients to build stronger bonds.
Challenging trails and mountains are not for everyone but team building activities must always be unique and different from others. Employees do not only remember the fun; the lessons they learned are absorbed in their minds. They begin to understand the importance of trust, reliance and teamwork to achieve goals.