Forbes Magazine called team building “the most important investment you’ll ever make—one that builds trust, mitigates conflict, encourages communication, and increases collaboration.”
Most team building activities take place in a setting that wields countless benefits: the Great Outdoors, a place very few busy office workers manage to even get a whiff of on a daily basis. Top companies tend to choose settings such as mountain or seaside resorts, for a reason. Numerous studies have shown that natural settings boost performance but also lower levels of stress hormone cortisol—which, when present at chronically high levels, can interfere with a team’s cognitive functioning, communication, and conflict resolution styles.
If your company has already booked your team for a few days of outdoor fun and learning, what should you pack to ensure you still look sharp while fitting in perfectly with the lush surrounds?
Choosing the Right Footwear
If your team is headed for a mountain destination, you can be pretty sure there will be lots of trekking involved. You’ll need a shoe that looks great with slim fit jeans, a shirt and jacket, but which also protects your feet against potential dangers on the way. You will also need a Timberland-style, sturdy work boot made of durable leather and is generously padded to minimize chafing. Any boot you choose should have insulation for optimal warmth and be completely watertight, to keep your feet nice and dry even if the weather is less than perfect.
The Right Number of Layers
A good pair of jeans will pair nicely with layered clothing; wear a long cotton top beneath a plaid “lumberjack-style shirt” shirt, rolling up the latter to the elbow and the cotton tip to mid-elbow length. This will give plenty of opportunity to show off your very best sports watch. A fitness tracker is arguably a more practical choice if you will be completing bootcamp-style activities and will provide vital information on your heart rate, calories burned, steps taken, etc.
Choosing the Perfect Head Gear
Caps and berets may be cool in urban cities, but in the mountains, the top choice these days has got to be woolen caps, which can add a sexy touch to even the simplest outfit comprising jeans, a white T-shirt, and a long cardigan or coat. And if grow a beard in the lead-up to the big event you’ll be ready for some highly Instagrammable pics, especially if taken by an outdoor bonfire.
What to Wear in Beach Resorts
If your company has opted for the seaside instead of the mountains, then ditch the boots and coats and opt for cool deck shoes or moccasins, linen tops, and colorful shorts. Don’t be reticent to pull out a Hawaiian print or otherwise colorful printed shirt. If you prefer subtle prints, go for a grey or black T-shirt with subtle details; opt for lightly rather than heavily printed shirts.
When heading out for team building activities, don’t make the mistake of packing sports shorts, T-shirts, and tracksuits exclusively. Think of the lunches, dinners, and nights out and make sure to bring at least a few sophisticated looks. During the day, opt for casual chic, taking care to layer clothing in a casual way. Finally, invest in the right gear, since sporting activities will push your body to the limits, and it is vital to wear the kind of clothing that will enable you to give your very best.
Jennifer Wainwright is a professional freelance writer and editor. A career in fitness and nutrition drives her passion for health and food related topics, although she loves working in all sectors. When not writing Jen still loves to work out, swim, and spend as much time as possible with her kids.