Regardless of the industry in which businesses operate, there are a set of similar elements that all of them consider important such as staff performance, the level of employees’ engagement, staff motivation, team spirit, the ability to solve problems effectively, creativity, innovation, change management and decision making. The reason why they consider them important is because they want to be successful and competitive in the market.
There is a tendency nowadays for organizations to integrate experiential learning activities for fulfilling the above priorities but also for other reasons such as enhancing their employer brand, “entertaining” the employees, taking them out of the workplace in outdoor activities, etc.
Appealing to participants' basic paradigms and breaking the patterns is apparently one of the strong points of such methodologies. Participants are put in situations where they challenge their own beliefs and judgement. It also turns out that EL increases the motivation of employees towards work. Putting them under conditions where they feel free to express their ideas is a source of motivation and it fosters the relationships they have with each other.
By knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses better, employees realize what is needed to change in their work processes and interactions to increase productivity. Research has shown that the full engagement of the individual (body-brain-emotions) helps in creating new associations in the brain and their self-awareness increases about attitudes, beliefs and competencies they did not know they had before (the so called “aha moments”).
Involving feelings rather than only the brain helps in understanding things more deeply. In addition, the moderate degree of entertainment creates a learning environment where people are open and flexible to learn.