Using high quality team building games to create a fun work environment for your employees is one of the best investments you will make.
Of course it’s important to focus on making your customers happy – but don’t forget about your employees too. After all, they are an incredibly valuable asset. Team building activities can be a powerful way to boost the morale of your employees, improve rapport and increase the success of your business.
You have taken the time to hire the right talent, the next step is to create an environment of mutual respect and trust. Team building activities provide your employees with the chance to participate in an activity where everyone must work together and use their skills effectively to complete the activity successfully. These team building games will also require them to use their communication skills and learn alternative ways of collaborating so that they can achieve the goal of the team building events.
What are some of the other benefits of a fun team building activity?
- Having a chance to switch off from work tasks and focus on a fun and interesting activity will be refreshing for the minds of your employees.
- It will increase levels of employee satisfaction and foster teamwork in the workplace.
- The challenge of figuring out a solution to a novel problem will stimulate creativity and improve problem solving skills. These skills will transfer to the workplace.
- It will empower your team to make decisions on their own, which helps them to work with more freedom.
- As employees learn to work together more effectively, they will be able to do their work more productively and produce greater results in less time.
- When employees succeed in a team building activity it will increase their motivation.
- Employees are also more motivated when they gain trust in their fellow employees and work better together as a team.
- On team building days our employees will get a chance to identify their own and each other’s strengths and weaknesses which may not have come out during typical work tasks.
Team Building Benefits All Businesses
What if you run a service business where your staff are regularly out in the field rather than in the office? In this case, team building exercises are still important. In fact, they are more crucial than ever as they allow you to bring everyone together and instill company values.
Also, this is particularly relevant if you have a small business, because encouraging a cohesive team is even more important. Your team is your biggest asset and when you work together with synergy, you can achieve big things.
However, it can be challenging to get your field staff to participate wholeheartedly if they are used to working independently. Also, some employees might be cynical about team building and might not understand the positive benefits of these activities. This is why it is so important to choose activities that will be fun and interesting and will make people want to join in. Plus, explain to your team why they are doing team building and what you hope to achieve with it.
So, in order to help you plan your next team building event we have compiled a list of fantastic team building event ideas that your employees will love. Take a look through and choose the exercises that you know your employees will enjoy the most.
1) Two Truths and a Lie
This can be a very fun way for your employees to get to know each other better. The way it works is that one employee tells the group three (work-appropriate) facts about themselves, two of which are true and one of which is a lie. The rest of the participants must decide which fact is the lie. This is a fun and interesting way for a new team to introduce themselves and build a rapport, fast.
2) Blindfolded Maze
Trust is extremely important when working together as a team. In this exercise employees will put their trust in each other. Divide your team up into groups of two and blindfold one participant. The seeing employee must lead the blind one through a maze or an obstacle course, giving them instructions and guidance on how to move through safely. Then, make sure to swap blindfolds and do it again.
3) Trivia Challenge
A trivia challenge can be another fun team building activity for adults. You can find many free trivia questions on the internet, or you could put together a quiz that is specific to your industry. Divide your workforce into small teams and have prizes for the winners! The key is to choose questions that are at the right level of difficulty – you don’t want to make it too easy so that everyone knows the answer, but if the quiz is too hard it will be discouraging.
4) Perfect Square
All of your employees are blindfolded and their goal is to make a perfect square with a length of rope on the floor. It might seem like a simple task, but when you can’t see what you are doing it requires a lot of teamwork and good communication.
5) Community Service/Volunteering
This will be a team building activity that will not only bring your employees together, but will also give everyone that warm, rewarding feeling of doing something good in the world. There are likely many places in your community where your employees could make a difference, such as at the local home for the elderly, at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen or at an animal sanctuary.
6) Egg Escape Rocket
In this challenge, groups must work together to fire an egg onto a landing area without the egg breaking. You can give each team a certain amount of materials, such as plastic cups, tape, newspaper, toilet roll, etc. The team that designs a rocket that protects the egg and lands closest to the target in the landing area wins.
7) Who Am I?
This is another fun and easy team building activity that teams of any size can play together. Everyone has a famous person or character name taped to their forehead, so they can see who everyone else is but not who they are. They can only ask yes or no questions to figure out who they are.
8) Draw a Company Coat of Arms
An interesting creative corporate team building exercise, this project can really get your team thinking about what values and goals the company represents and how your brand is portrayed. They can work together to design a coat of arms that is a visual representation of what is most important to the company. If your team comes up with something cool, you could even have it drawn up by a professional graphic designer and used in your branding or displayed in the office.
9) Paper Plane Contest
This is a simple team building activity that doesn’t require a lot of prep, but can be a lot of fun. Divide your team into smaller groups, give them each a piece of cardstock and challenge them to make a plane they think will fly the farthest.
10) Draw/Paint a Collaborative Mural
Give your team a huge canvas and lots of paints and have them create a beautiful collaborative mural. This will involve a lot of problem solving and communication and it will be interesting to see how they approach the project – will a leader emerge who decides what is to be drawn or will everyone work on their section of the mural independently? The finished artwork can be put on display in the office afterward.
11) Office Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt can be an excellent exercise for your team and can improve collaboration skills and team bonding. Divide everyone into groups and make a list of things for them to find outside or around your office. The first team to find everything on the list within the time limit wins.
12) Show and Tell Day
Show and tell isn’t just for preschoolers. Ask your employees to bring in something that has personal meaning for them and tell the group the story behind it. This allows employees to get to know each other on a deeper level and see each other as complex, multi-faceted people rather than just co-workers. Who knew that Joe in accounting restored beautiful antique guitars in his spare time? Or that Sarah in HR has a pet iguana?
13) Common Thread
To let your employees get to know each other even better, try this exercise. Divide them into groups of 4-5 and ask them to come up with something that each group all has in common. It can be anything, from “we have all been to New Zealand” to “We all get hay fever” or a shared hobby or favorite type of music. Even if you assign the group randomly with no apparent connection at first, as they get to know each other they are sure to find a commonality.
14) Reverse Charades
This variation on charades is a lot of fun. The team knows what the clue is, but the person who is “it” doesn’t. The team can give them hints, but can’t say the word.
15) The Resistance
This is a board game that makes a great team building activity for small teams of 10 or fewer. When each round begins you are either a spy or not and no one knows who is who. You have to deduce who the others are by how they act during missions, as the spies are trying to act innocent yet secretly ruin the mission. It’s a fascinating study in communication, complex problem solving and encourages teams to listen carefully and think critically about what others are saying.
These 15 corporate team building exercises will get the creative juices flowing when it comes to planning activities for your team that will encourage employee-wide buy in. Why not try implementing regular team building events with your employees? You’ll improve rapport, communication skills, problem solving and much more – growing a more effective team.
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