Creating a positive work culture and environment is important for the success of a business. Hosting team-building activities is one of the best ways to boost company morale and promote a healthy culture. But before we jump into some great ideas for team-building, let’s talk a bit more about why they are so important.
Team building allows people to get to know each other—their interests, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they communicate, among other things. Team-building activities also build camaraderie and trust—one of the most important aspects of a successful team. When people don’t have trust, they hold back, thus sometimes limiting their abilities to be at their best.
The best way to decide which activities to include is by establishing the desired outcome. Ask yourself “Why are you planning this team-building event?” and “What do you hope to get out of it?” Once you have your idea and reason in place, you’ll know which activity will fit your team's needs.
Now onto the fun stuff. Here are some ideas to help your team have fun and build trust.
Great for: Problem-solving, communication
Duration: 5-10 Minutes
Players: 6+ (even number required)
You’ll need: n/a
How to play: To play Human Knot, players must stand in a circle facing inwards. Then, each player must reach out their right hand and join hands with somebody opposite them (players should not join hands with anybody to their immediate right or left). Finally, do the same with the left hand, joining hands with a new partner. The aim of the game is to unravel the knot, without releasing each other’s hands, so that the players finish standing in a perfect circle with their hands joined. To achieve this, players will need to turn, twist, and pass through each other’s hands, all the while maintaining good communication.
Great for: Having fun, strengthening communication and listening skills
Duration: 5-10 Minutes
You’ll need: A random object, at least 2 blindfolds
How to play: To play Blind Retriever, separate the players into teams and have them stand together behind a start line. Then, one member from each team must put on a blindfold while somebody places a random object somewhere in the room. Use something that’s soft and doesn’t have any sharp edges.
After hearing “Go!” The teams must guide their blindfolded teammate to the random object before the opposition gets there first. The players giving instructions may not pass the start line and can only give commands verbally. The first team to get their hands on the random object wins.
Great for: Building relationships, public speaking, communication
You’ll need: n/a
How to play: To play Two Truths, One Lie, players sit together in a circle on the floor or at a desk. Then, going around the circle players take turns telling three interesting facts about themselves. The catch? One of these statements is an outright lie. It’s the job of the listeners to try and guess which of the three statements is the lie. This game will test how well your employees really know one another.
Great for: Energizing, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking
Duration: 1-2 hours
You’ll need: Items for your teams to find and a large space to explore
How to play: The aim of the game is to find items hidden around a predefined location or complete certain challenges. Once the team has found the item or completed the challenge they receive a clue for the next phase. The winning team is the one that completes all stages of the scavenger hunt the fastest. To play a scavenger hunt, divide players into small teams and define a starting location. Each team is given a starting clue or challenge to complete the game starts. Be creative with the items, challenges, and riddles you include in your scavenger hunt. When thinking of challenges, consider key skills you would like to develop within your workforce.
Great for: Communication skills, breaking the ice
Duration: 5-10 minutes
You’ll need: Pens and sticky notes
How to play: To play 3-Question Mingle, ask each player to write down three open-ended questions on three separate sticky notes. Give your employees some example questions such as “Where do you see yourself in three years?” or “If you could bring five things with you on a desert island, what would you bring and why?” When you say “Go!” the players will start to mingle. Once they find a pair, they each ask one of the three questions they wrote down earlier. After asking a question, they both swap one question. After the time limit has elapsed, say, 10 minutes, ask your employees what interesting things they learned from one another.
No matter the game you choose, your team is sure to enjoy the friendly interactions. People are often stronger as a group as opposed to being alone. Team-building activities are a great way to build morale and team spirit in your organization. But for this to carry over into your everyday work, you need to ensure your employees have the tools they need to collaborate seamlessly.
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