The Difference Between An OBT & A Picnic
ARE YOU TAKING YOUR EMPLOYEES ON A PICNIC OR AN OBT?
HOW DO YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?
What is an OBT?
• OBT programmes take participants out of their familiar settings and put them into unfamiliar and challenging situations that are specially structured to focus on specific training needs.
• The difficult situation or activity is not enough in itself, like for e.g. in a trek.
• In an OBT, the facilitator uses the situation or activity as a tool to allow participants to discover the solutions.
The differences between a picnic/outing and an OBT
|Activities are fun, but not necessarily challenging
Activities are fun, but must have component of challenge and high perceived risk
|Meant for socialisation, unwinding and general bonding
Meant as a formal learning platform
Activities need not be structured. They just flow naturally and randomly
Activities must be tightly structured to bring out training aspects and highlight the KRAs
Participation not compulsory
Participation must be enforced subtly by the structure of the programme
Activities need not be scored or tracked
Activities have to be tracked and observed by a trained facilitator
Post-activity facilitation not required
Post-activity process review by trained facilitator is a must to draw out the lessons and make action plans
Quack or doctor?
If you have an HR issue to be addressed, why take your employees for a picnic? It makes far more sense to take them for a programme that is specifically structured to address the HR issues you want resolved.
What to Look for in an OBT Program
What to Look for in an OBT Facilitator
What to Look for in an OBT Campsite