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Fun Team Building Ideas For The Workplace
Posted by Insightlink on 06/23/22
Team building is a hard thing to accomplish. Ever since school days, team-building exercises have been seen as a potentially stressful activity that widens gaps between people, instead of helping them. However, that is the result of team-building exercises not suited for the people involved.
Mandatory HR events are no fun as an adult, especially for folks who just want to get work done. That’s why it’s important to pick team-building activities that actually fit your team. Most importantly, they should not feel forced into doing anything they do not want to do. Always frame these ideas in such a way that it will be beneficial for them to participate.
Team Building Ideas
Here are some simple but fun ways to build rapport within your team. Additionally, make sure that all of these activities are volunteers only. It’s imperative that a person does not feel forced into an activity, and it is your job to make the activity enticing.
A Simple Feast
This should always be the first go-to. If there are a lot of newbies on your team, or if it’s been a rather tiring week, treat your employees to a fully paid lunch. A simple lunch or dinner is an ample activity for people to socialize and enjoy some time to de-stress. Team building should be, first and foremost, a time for your team to communicate.
It could be any team sport that your team wants. For particularly large teams, games such as basketball or even baseball could be a possibility. For smaller teams, games such as bowling or even darts are perfectly doable.
Let’s face it, not every team will be physical. Some people simply do not want to embarrass themselves by playing sports. However, most people these days enjoy video games. Whether these be PC games, on the phone, or even on a company console, gamers are inclined to enjoy competition.
Paintball has gained a lot of popularity over the years, and with good reason. People really do love the feeling of being action heroes, and that’s what paintball games enable. Not to mention, they are inherently team-based affairs. The goal is to clear out the other team with your own strategies.
Escape rooms are another activity that has gained a lot of traction. Escape rooms are mental games, and the more heads are included, the faster the room gets accomplished. Escape rooms challenge a team’s ability to work together and solve a problem. Escape rooms are also just fun, as people talk whilst trying to solve mysteries. Unexpected pairings often show up during these activities. People may start showing off skills that even they didn’t know. Lastly, it’s a super unique experience that usually doesn’t take up too much time.
This is a game best done with dinner parties. While people are eating snacks or enjoying a drink at the pub, a trivia party is a great way to get the brain going. It’s also a great way to include trivia about work into the game.
Let The Team Decide
In the next group meeting, simply hold a survey about what kind of team-building activities people would love to participate in. A lot of the issues with mandated HR team building is that workers often feel forced to do things they do not want to do.
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