Hiring the right people is half the battle. Once you’ve put together your dream team, you have to make sure they work together!
Team building events have recently gained popularity as a way to encourage employees to cooperate and communicate effectively. But because “team building” often conjures up images of trust falls and boring icebreakers, announcing your event might be met with a few eye rolls.
Never fear—if you’re looking for fun team building games that your staff will actually enjoy, you’re in the right place. Here are our top seven activities that you should try at your next corporate team building event.
1. Campfire Stories
This game is the perfect way to start off the day, especially if you’re bringing together a group of people that don’t know each other well yet. It helps to show that even people with diverse roles in the office share more experiences in common than they might think.
Begin by writing down a selection of words on sticky notes that could spark stories about work (examples include first day, business trip, and big project). Set up a whiteboard and draw a line down the middle, dividing it in half. Stick all the post-its on one side of the board, and have everyone sit in a half-circle facing it.
Ask a volunteer to begin by choosing one of the sticky notes and using the topic to tell a story about their work experience. Have them move that note to the other side of the board when they’re done.
As they tell their story, have the other participants write down words that remind them of similar work-related stories and add those to other sticky notes to put on the board. Keep going until everyone has shared and you have a “word wall” of connected experiences.
Split up your team into pairs and blindfold one member of each group. The blindfolded participant will have to navigate a “minefield” of obstacles (books, office supplies, etc.) based on their partner’s directions.
If the blindfolded person hits a “mine,” they have to go back to the beginning of the course and try again. The first person to get across the minefield without hitting an obstacle wins.
3. Wine and Canvas
Wine and canvas events are a great way to relax and unleash your creative side. Because you’ll be following the instructions of an artist, you don’t have to be an accomplished painter to create a masterpiece.
If you don’t want to have alcohol during the workday, coffee and cookies work as well! Once the event is over, showcase your team’s artwork around the office.
4. Escape the Room Games
An escape room is one of the best team building exercises to practice working together under pressure. Your team will be locked in a room full of puzzles that they have to solve before time runs out in order to escape. It’s a fun, fast-paced adventure that your staff is sure to love.
Escape the room games require focus, communication, and new approaches to solving problems. Many escape rooms also offer team building packages and can provide you with a report on how well you worked together, along with some opportunities for improvement.
5. Spend the Day Volunteering
Does your organization support any local non-profits like a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or animal rescue? If so, work with them to schedule a volunteer day. This isn’t a game, but it’s one of the most rewarding experiences you can have as a team.
Volunteering is one of the best ways to promote leadership skills while building a culture of care and compassion. It also gives your company a chance to give back to the community and thank them for their support!
6. Blind Drawing
This is an easy activity to do that requires top-notch communication skills. Split up your team into partner groups and have them sit back-to-back. Give one partner drawing paper and a pencil, and give the other partner an object or photo. The person with the paper must draw the other parter’s object, based entirely on their description.
The catch is that the partner giving the description can’t say what the object is—they can only describe it using qualities like shape and color. Once the drawings are done, display them in the office next to the original image! You can even hold a contest to choose the best rendition.
7. Shark Tank
This game promotes an entrepreneurial mindset, teamwork, and seriously creative thinking.
Split your employees up into groups of 4-5 and have them choose one random object from the room they’re in. Groups will have 20-30 minutes to create a Shark Tank-style sales pitch for that object.
However, they can’t sell the object for its original purpose—they have to come up with an entirely new way to use it! Sales pitches should include visual materials and demonstrations of how to use their product.
Once they’ve developed their sales pitch, they’ll have to present it in front of the panel of Shark Tank judges. The judges can then choose a winning team to “invest” in with a gift card or other prize.
Fun Team Building Games to Build Company Culture
Promoting a cooperative culture at the office is an important part of helping your team become the best it can be. So at your next company event, make sure to give a couple of these fun team building games a try!
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