Optometry Staff out in the Cold
In a bid to improve efficiency and communication, Optometry staff at the School of Health Sciences braved the cold weather and participated in interactive fun outdoor team building activities at Emoyeni Lodge in Camperdown.
While the the activities may look like fun and games, they were designed to improve communication skills, leadership, trust, and to promote healthy relationships among staff.
Team Attitude, a Durban-based organisation facilitated the activities.
Staff were divided into two teams - Team Sunshine and Team Dynamite – which competed in mind stimulating games such as match puzzles, riddles, quad bike, jigsaw puzzle and blindfold.
These activities required all the participants to showcase proper planning abilities and the formulation of good strategies. Both teams were committed and there was a high level of competition.
Optometry Academic Leader, Dr Diane Van Staden said her team enjoyed the event, ‘Despite the cold weather the company warmed the day. It was great for academics and support staff to leave behind the stresses of work and engage in fun and interactive activities which we all enjoyed.’
‘The country setting away from the city and anything familiar was also refreshing,’ she added.
The team-building enabled the Optometry team to share, explore, clarify and re-define their relationships as they sought to improve some of the traits needed in the execution of their duties.
Words by: Nombuso Dlamini