Worcester Polytechnic Institute Abstract
Outdoor training enhances teamwork by helping participants examine the process of collaboration. In the case of Home Rehab Day At Tymco, Maria Cortez 's company had a good start of teamwork building by organizing home rehab day. However, Maria still needs to do a lot of things next to improve the chances that the home rehab day results in genuine team development.
Keywords: outdoor training, teamwork, chances, team development
One of the most important perspectives to developing teamwork is to participate in experimental activities. Just like the Maria’s team, teammates tended to be more cohesive after Tymco Home Rehab. Because “outdoor trainings are forms of learning by doing. Participants are supposed to acquire leadership and teamwork skills by confronting physical challenges and exceeding their self-imposed limitations. The goals of outdoor training are reasonably consistent across different training groups. These activities can help employees to discover their strengths and weaknesses, test their limits (they are far broader than you imagine), work together as a team, have fun and face the essence of who they are and what they are made of ”. Although in this case we can see Tymco’s potential of having a strong team spirit through offsite training, is it enough for team-building?
By joining the Tymco Home Rehab, the key employees had more communications than in the cubes. Everyone made contributions to Rehab. They also knew a lot of new things about their colleagues which they didn’t know before, like Mary Benito, who comes from translations services, is good at Carpentry. Dale Jenkins, a technical training team leader, is good at home plumbing and very humorous. Of course, only having these talented people is not enough for the heavy tasks, so in the rehab process, people automatically grouped some small teams to work together. They helped each other to repair the
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