Whether your team have been working together years or is brand new, team building is a chance for everyone to get out of a typically office setting and do something fun that can teach transferrable skills. Here are team building activities that will strengthen your team.
Outdoor Activity Courses
Get your team together to battle the outdoors as a way to strengthen their bond. Activities like high ropes courses, total team wipeouts, soap box Derbys and even school sports days can help your team grow closer which can benefit productivity at work.
Outdoor team activities allow people within a corporate structure to face brand-new challenges and build transferrable skills. This means that not only will your team be strengthened in working together, but they will also build new skills that can help your employees be more productive at work.
Not only that, but getting your team outdoors has loads of personal well-being benefits, too! It lowers stress, restores mental energy, improves outlook, improves focus and creativity and improves general health. There’s no better way to get your team working together than by planning an outdoor activity day!
An escape room is also known as a puzzle room or exit game and is where a team of people are locked in a room and must solve a series of puzzles in order to find their way out of the room – typically by finding a key. Escape rooms encourage teams to work together to find the way out which can strengthen their working together.
Choosing an escape room as your team-building activity is a great way to reveal strengths and weaknesses, learn to communicate with each other, learn how to win (and lose) together, build trust and simply get to know each other. It’s also a way to help your team build transferrable skills and share memories all whilst having fun!
There are many different escape rooms around the UK many with themes such as mystery, fantasy, horror, prison, military and more.
Icebreakers are usually short, simple games to prime our brains before meetings and problem-solving. However, they can be great team-building exercises too! Whether your team is new or old, icebreakers can create an atmosphere in the workplace where colleagues feel free to speak up, question, contribute and criticise.
There are plenty of ice breakers to choose from to help build a stronger team, such as noting down the worst ideas you can possibly think of before a brainstorming meeting and all choosing your favourite, 3 truths and 1 lie, guess who which is a game where everyone emails the facilitator answers to 3 lighthearted questions before asking the group who the response belongs to, and many more.
Icebreakers literally break the ice before engaging in an activity and can help your team get to know each other a little better and even have some fun before getting down to important business.
Charitable team building is a great way to boost team morale whilst doing something good. As the team works together to give back to their local community, they are rewarded with a sense of contribution and impact. It’s a fantastic opportunity for your team to work together to achieve something great for others.
Giving back to others is also scientifically proven to reduce stress, reduce feelings of isolation and create a sense of belonging. All of which can benefit your team. It can also improve team effectiveness, team development, and increase your company’s reputation.
Charitable ideas like fundraisers, assembling care packages, volunteering and even public clean-ups are all great ways that your team can give back.
Although the usual team-building activities can be great for strengthening your team, sometimes all you need is a night off to get to know each other over a few drinks or food. This is a great way to get to know each other on a more personal level away from the hustle and bustle of work life. You can let your hair down and create great memories with each other, and maybe even real friendships!
Organising a cocktail-making class, a meal at a nice restaurant or simply a pint at the local pub can be a great way to build the team and help your team relax and have fun away from the work stress.