Going kayaking with colleagues at the company's expense might sound like fun to some - but the majority of workers think team-building exercises are just a waste of time.

A poll of more than 1000 workers in the UK has revealed that more than half believe that the events do little to improve morale.

Vodafone UK and YouGov's research found that 66 per cent had been forced to take part in a team-building activity, with examples ranging from eating crickets to massaging colleagues.

Extreme sports were judged to be the least effective way to promote bonding, while going out for a drink or meal were deemed most beneficial.


Just over half didn't think that doing more activities would improve their working relationships. Many wished that firms would concentrate on building a more supportive atmosphere at work instead.