Your team may well get along in the office, but team building activities outside of work hours are a great way of bringing colleagues together, whilst creating opportunities for them to bond and unwind. It will help create confidence between them and help cement working relationships. In order for these exercises to actually work, it’s really important to understand that people are different and that there will have to be compromise in order to find an activity to suit everyone. Physical abilities within the team will need to be considered, so different options should be offered to make each member feel as relaxed as possible.
When team building goes well, employees become more focused as a group, their strengths can be highlighted, their weaknesses addressed, and their problem solving and creativity put to the test! A good working environment makes each worker appreciate their time at the office – a happy worker is a good worker after all!
So what would you offer your team? Here are some ideas:
Corporate Days and Team Building Retreats
The most enjoyable team building exercises are arguably the ones that don’t feel like work! There are many corporate packages available, for example a day at a local activity park can be an excellent way to bond your team, and most packages can be tailored to suit your business’ needs. A few laps of a go kart track might not seem obviously beneficial, but a little healthy competition between your workforce could be perfect to boost morale, whilst providing a fun experience. Laser tag might be something you associate with children, but it will encourage your team to work together and as a bonding exercise could be valuable. You could even award prizes or trophies at the end of the day.
One of the most effective team building activities, is without question, sports. It’s the perfect way to encourage groups of co-workers to cultivate some all-important team spirit! There will be several benefits from choosing sport – not only will a sports team create strong bonds within its participants, but the exercise element will increase physical activity which will improve health and wellbeing, as well as motivation. Why not put together a team – it could be five a side soccer, or basketball – the choice is yours. Enter your team into local leagues or competitions – you may find yourself up against other local businesses.
By coordinating an employee volunteer activity, you’ll not only help your staff to bond, but you’ll be giving something back to the community too. Your staff will develop their strengths as well as team spirit, and some may even display and build on leadership abilities. It’s becoming increasingly popular for companies to release their employees from their usual duties for either a day a week, or a week out of the year to help out in the community. This will give the individual an insight into how other businesses or charities are run, and the skills gained from such work can often be transferable.
If your team is a bunch of thrill seeking adrenaline junkies, then why not sign up for a bungee jump or skydive? Not everybody has to take the plunge if they don’t want to – they can still be key players in team building by providing support and securing some sponsorship. An activity like this is a great way to rally support from the local community as well as your employees, particularly with the charity element incorporated.