The GRC annual camping trip: Down-to-earth team building at its best

06 Apr 2017 |

In most companies when the boss says, “We’re going to do some team building!” employees cringe and start to run for the hills. But not at GRC. The GRC annual camping trip is down-to-earth team building at its best. 

The GRC annual camping trip is so popular that employees register to attend 12 months in advance. 

“The camping trip is definitely one of the most popular activities on the GRC social calendar,” said GRC Associate Director Charles Schmidt. “I think it’s successful because we balance informal activities with plenty of down time. We work hard all year so it’s important that we make time to relax and shoot the breeze over a couple of beers,” he said.

Team building is one of the most important investments you can make for your business, despite its slightly lame reputation, said Andrew Brady, GRC Managing Director.

“Culture is key at GRC and team building is essential for building trust, mitigating conflict and increasing collaboration. We make the camping trip fun and don’t force people to participate in team building activities. As a result, everyone gets involved and has a great time,” said Andrew Brady.

Employees take turns organising different activities each year. This year it was jet skiing, lawn bowls, beach cricket and an impromptu game of darts.  

“We don’t organise formal lectures or events. The best activities have no explicit lesson about leadership or communication. Personally, I think there’s no better team building activity than working together to win a fierce game of beach cricket!” said Andrew Brady.