We’ve launched the world’s first ‘Cuddle a Co-worker’ event to provide a unique alternative to the standard team building exercises you’ll normally find – something we always think of when creating new events.
Like many of our sessions, the event lasts an entire working day and involves co-workers cuddling in a ‘relaxation tent’ designed to reduce stress and encourage team bonding. Our cuddling sessions can accommodate from four people up to groups of 20 at a time.
The idea for the event comes after we stumbled upon some science showing that cuddling, and particularly skin on skin contact, promotes Oxytocin and Serotonin release. Oxytocin has physical and psychological effects on the brain, including influencing social behaviour and emotion, whilst Serotonin is the hormone which allows humans to feel happiness – so they’re both vital when it comes to emotional bonding.
We’ve based each ‘relaxation tent’ on Moroccan and Indian relaxation practices, and there will be incense and oil lamp lighting, as well as large bean bags and relaxation beds for everyone in the group. During the day co-workers will be required to cuddle each other in a variety of different positions and will need to switch partners every two hours – so that you have a chance to bond with everyone.
At the beginning of the day there will be a group admission session, where co-workers will talk about the negative traits of their colleagues and address any issues within work they’d like to discuss. This is to clear the air and allow you to feel more at ease with each other going into the day. During the last hour of the day, there will also be a group cuddling session, as well as a conflict resolution cuddle session.
Tina Benson, managing director at Team Tactics said,
“Team building is at the centre of our business, and we’re always looking for new ways to help employees across the UK become more connected with their colleagues.
“We know it’s something completely new and it might not be for everyone, but the science is already there – we’re just putting it to the test!”
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We’re also looking for professional ‘cuddlers’ to help us run the classes. Applicants must have experience in a similar role and will ideally have a psychology background or qualification. Successful applicants can expect to be paid upwards of £30 an hour and must be available to run up to four classes a week.
Interested? Send us your CV and tell us why you want the job: