When you hear the term “team building” what comes to mind? Standing in a circle playing Two Truths and a Lie? Ropes courses? Or a company picnic with field day games? Yeah, I’m cringing a little too. But there can be a real benefit to team building activities, if they are done right.
Team building activities help with facilitating positive workplace relationships, motivating employees and getting them to see the strengths and skills of their coworkers. But when you stick to outdated team building activities (we’re looking at you ropes courses), your employees may automatically tune themselves out. That’s why it’s important to find activities that will engage and motivate them.
By finding these types of activities, your employees will engage more in the workplace as well, increasing their productivity by 43% according to Hay Group research. But, to keep motivation and morale high, these types of activities should be consistent and reoccur on a regular basis.
Check out our list of team building activities to keep your employees motivated, productive and engaged in their work and colleagues:
- Escape Rooms: These have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Escape rooms are physical adventure games in which players are locked in a room and must use elements and clues to solve a series of puzzles to escape within a set time limit. Escape rooms are perfect for engaging your team in some serious problem solving and team building action.
- Team Trivia: Nothing challenges great minds like team trivia. Using each team member’s strength to answer tricky questions can build confidence in your group’s ability to work together. Hit up your favorite local trivia spot once per month to allow your employees to have something fun to look forward to.
- Team Happy Hour: We know what you’re thinking. A happy hour isn’t a typical team building activity. Well, for communication purposes it is. Getting your team together once in a while to grab drinks outside of work breaks down the interpersonal barriers that can hinder teamwork in the office. If your employees like each other and are invested in each other personally, they’ll likely work together much better.
- Volunteering: Volunteering is tried and true way of building camaraderie among your employees. Help your employees gain a sense of achievement as a group by picking a philanthropy to dedicate your time to. Whether it is helping a local animal shelter, building a home or volunteering at a charity 5k, give your group an opportunity to take a day off business-related tasks to give back to their community. They’ll come back to work with a refreshed attitude and sense of team work.
- Geocaching: Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt of sorts. Employees can gather into teams to set out to find geocaches (hidden containers with objects inside) using GPS devices and coordinates given by geocaching.com or other similar websites. This is a great opportunity to get out of the office and enjoy some fresh air while working together using problem solving skills.
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