Fool-Proof Team Building
Looking for Team Building Ideas that work?
Many teams work better when they are able to
some time away from work interacting with each other and letting their
down. Here are 5 great team building ideas for your team to ‘play’ together outside of
and at work. These are great alternatives to the regular Friday Night
drink sessions that so many of us opt for.
All these team building ideas have the same objective,
your team closer together and reinforcing the principles of teamwork
constitutes a good team. Ensure that you talk about these principles
importance as a debrief after these activities.
your team back to their
childhood: Are you looking to encourage some creativity in your team,
local pottery centre, which allows people to come in for a few hours
how to make a vase or a bowl. There is something about mucking about in
that makes people relax and puts them in a good mood. Post class the
they made will serve as a great reminder of a fun afternoon spent with
Talk about how relaxing and doing something creative can stimulate
at work. You will also have team members who help each other out or
each other, some that may have been reluctant to get their hands dirty
so after a little encouragement. Discuss how these same behaviours are
applicable even at work.
camping for the weekend:
assign roles to each team member (one to read maps, someone in charge
shelter, food, entertainment etc). Make sure that the role you assign
to a team
member is not one they are extremely comfortable with. Only by working
can your team have a safe and fun camping trip, talk about how it is
for each team member to uphold his responsibilities and commitment else
entire trip can go drastically wrong. E.g. if the person in charge of
forgets to pack any.
and Learn: One of the
biggest complaints team members have is that there is little time for
at the end of the workday. A lunch and learn event can be a great way
team spirit and learn at the same time. Have one team member a week
short 20 minute session on something they are interested it, a book
read, or something they can ‘teach’ to their co-workers. Follow this up
lunch for the entire team, even takeout from Subway or McDonald’s works
This activity really gives team members an insight into the interests
passions of their co-workers and helps them to get to know one another
a team theme day: show
your spirit to the rest of the office. You can designate Friday and
and have a different activity or theme for each week which the team
contribute to. Activities can range from dressing up in a certain
color, to compliment
day, to potluck etc. This is a great way to make the team stand
together in the
eyes of the entire organization and helps them interact and bond with
other. You can also rotate the planning of the week’s activity amongst
members to encourage creativity and participation.
More team building ideas:
you have a paintball
centre close to work: paintball is a fun and creative activity for
teams to do.
Divide your team into two groups, give each team 5 minutes to choose a
and plan a strategy to win over the other team. Let the games begin.
with the most hits wins. Post the session you can talk about how
an important factor, watching out for each other’s backs, and the
creativity, fun and passion at work.
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