The FOX team's latest team-building activity went in all directions ‚Äì literally.
Aaron Smith, senior training and development specialist, provided orienteering training to the FOX (a front-office software program) team at a local park June 27. After breaking into groups of three, the teams each started at a different point and used a compass app on a smartphone (allowing them to still "geek out" during the activity) and directions from CHG's training team to find the next waypoint.
Once they found a waypoint (marked by a red flag), the teams collected a chip and the next set of directions to follow. Each teammate had a specific job -- one operated the compass, another looked for the visual reference point and the third counted paces as they traveled to ensure they went the right distance ‚Äì that they rotated.
Two teams tied for first place by completing the course in 29 minutes, while the second-place team finished in 32 minutes; all three were awarded prizes. Another team won a prize for being the most cohesive, and an individual prize was awarded to one FOX team member with the most team spirit.
"I had everyone take a turn to explain what one thing they observed or learned from this activity. It was really interesting to hear all of the different takeaways," Aaron shares. "The team said things like, ‚ÄòThis activity would have been much harder without any teammates ‚Äì it made a big difference having a team where everyone was responsible for something and had a role,' and ‚ÄòIt was great having others there on our team to help straighten us out when we were potentially getting off course.' My favorite was the comment: ‚ÄòIt was remarkable that when we ended up simply being one degree off course, it made a big difference in the end results.'"