A lot of people instinctively cringe when they hear their boss say those magic words ‘team building activities’. But, if your boss is open to a few suggestions s you can actually find team building activities that every member of the team enjoys. It just means thinking a little outside the box.
You can get inspiration from anywhere, providing you remember that not everyone is competitive or sporty, you should be able to find an activity that everyone can enjoy.
The Great Race:
As corporate team building activities go this is actually a lot of fun. Yes, it involves running but, it’s completed as a team effort. Best of all, you don’t have to get the entire team to run, some members can choose to play a supporting role, ensuring the running part of the team have the motivation and skills they need to complete the race.
You may be surprised at how effective this approach is because it plays to everyone’s skill set.
The Board Game:
Do you remember when you were younger and board games were more popular than video games? It doesn’t matter if you do or you don’t, board games are a great way for any team to bond without having to do physical sports. The best thing is that there are hundreds of different board games available, from serious quiz type ones to just plain fun ones, such as Pieface.
You can make it a competition, or simply enjoy playing the game in the office.
These have become extremely popular in recent years because they don’t just help your team to bond, they are also fun. Again, this is an activity that covers all skill sets, allowing the people who like physical activity to be involved as much as those figuring out the next clue.
You can organize the clues yourself and split your team into smaller teams, ensuring they compete against each other. Or you can go to an organized scavenger hunt event.
If you have a team that loves to resolve puzzles then the escape room is a great way to give them a bit of fun while improving the bond between them.
You’re probably aware of the concept, the team gets locked into a room and has to figure out a series of cues in order to find the key and get out.
It’s another good option for everyone as there are elements that will appeal to all.
A great way for your team to develop respect for each other and understand each other better is to get members to trade jobs for a day. This doesn’t mean doing one job for the day, ideally, you should create a rota that allows each team member to sample the role of others, and understand a little about the stresses they face.
It will help them to understand and respect each other better, as well as creating a bond, which is, after all, the purpose of any team-building exercise.