“The man on the top of the mountain didn’t fall there.” -Vince Lombardi
Teamwork Gets you to the Top
It takes a team to get to the top. You can improve teamwork by taking a hike. Hiking is linked to improving your mood, decreasing tension, depression, and increasing energy. Hiking provides a mental reset. It allows you to clear your mind and relax. When you experience a combination of these benefits, you are more likely to be open to working as a team.
Improving teamwork outside of work will help improve teamwork at work. Lend a hand or a rope for those steep mountains. Give some motivation to get over the big rock in the trail. Encourage others to take on the trail with more miles. Share water and snacks when it gets hot.
Build a Community
Hiking also creates a sense of community. The support and encouragement of everyone surrounding you will motivate you to be your best self and follow through with the entire hike. You will feel a sense of belonging and fulfillment. You will have time to talk about things you might not otherwise get a chance to in a work setting. These conversations will spark up things you have in common. And out of this experience you might even walk away with a few new friends.
Another benefit of hiking is that it might inspire you. Not just to work better as a team in the office, but to lead a more active lifestyle. Being active has a lot of health benefits. If you work on improving your health, you’re bound to feel better and essentially work better.
So go on, take a hike.