So you’re a high-octane manager. Everyone from the board to the media praises you for all the amazing results your company’s been delivering lately. But you — like every other leader — leverage the expertise and resourcefulness of your teams. Naturally, you want to do all you can to keep your teams working like a well-oiled machine. Team building activities may help employees stay motivated and increase productivity. Everyone pulls in the same direction, and synergy often happens. Here’s a list of 7 best team building activities (mostly indoor) you can try today.
1: Office Trivia Works
Everyone works hard most days. That’s why Happy Hour is all we can think about every Friday afternoon. Unwinding the traditional way is ok, but it might alienate some workers. And that’s not something you want.
Office trivia is an effective, cost-free, fun way for employees to know the company better. Typically you have someone standing at the front in a room and asking questions that test people’s company knowledge.
During such interactions, even the most confident person sometimes may forget basic facts. A branch manager might, for example, not seem to remember the CEO’s name! Can you think of anything funnier than that? It’s probably not a good idea to make this a weekly thing. However, it’s something your team can participate in every once in a while.
What if quite a few employees work remotely? No problem. Find a way to have the sessions online. The goal of this activity is to help staff stay engaged with their colleagues and the business.
2: How Well Can the Team Cook?
The office kitchen can also be a source of plenty of fun for the team. Your teams can organize a small, friendly cake-baking competition, for example. Each team might prep cupcakes or cook some other uncomplicated delicacy.
As people knead the dough or mix different ingredients, they’ll naturally bond with one another. You’ll never fully comprehend the power food wields when it comes to bringing people together until you try it.
So what happens to the unlucky group that burns their cupcakes? Everyone laughs at them. But they should do so in a friendly way, while chowing down on the not-so-great cakes! Everyone will go home feeling somewhat relaxed, happy, and well fed. Even better, they’ll feel “connected.”
3: Playing Board Games Generates Camaraderie
Games are fun. What’s more, they keep people busy while bringing them closer. Kids derive a heap of benefits from playing engaging board games. These games help improve social skills in children. Additionally, participants learn how to best handle loss and change in a fun-filled environment.
But who said office workers can’t play board games? Adults love board games, too. And there’s no reason to believe they won’t see similar benefits.
So, let your teams compete with one another in friendly game tournaments. These could range from chess and checkers all the way to dart and jenga. The resulting camaraderie will go a long way in strengthening relationships at work. The buildup to the final face-off creates excitement and a craving for victory (success). Who knows, your people may start demonstrating the same kind of eagerness regarding everyday office tasks.
4: Encourage Your People to Give Back to the Community
You’re already paying them huge salaries, and that’s good enough, right? Well, you can do more. People are increasingly noticing companies that seem to care more for people than they do about profit. It’s about time you started aligning your organization to the needs and values of the customers of the future.
Give them Paid Volunteer Hours
Maybe you should start allowing each employee several paid hours each year. Let them spend that time serving others. Some companies gift 60 or more paid volunteer hours annually to each employee.
Well, there’s no rule concerning this matter. But the practice is becoming pretty much the norm everywhere in the U.S. and beyond. Some of the companies doing this include Deloitte, Cadence, and NuStar Energy.
Since you want your people to have shared experiences, encourage pairs (where possible) to volunteer together. Nothing can bring workers closer than participating in meaningful work meant to uplift others.
You may also consider outdoor team building activities such as cleaning the beach. Planting trees is another fulfilling outdoor team building activity. This idea is one you really should try. That’s because it can get people to view your company as an environmentally concious business. And they’ll love you for that.
5: Organize Tournaments around “Giving” Campaigns
This idea is pretty similar to the “give back to the community” idea above. But there’s a slight difference.
Donating money to worthy causes is an excellent idea you can incorporate into your team building activities. If handled right, it can catapult your business to a really special spot in people’s mind.
So, let your employees organize a rally themed around a giving campaign (maybe every quarter?). Encourage your people to participate in other areas of the event’s planning process. That might even include hunting down sponsors. Few things can draw people closer than the feeling that they’re part of something big and eternal — helping humanity.
Including a competition of sorts would create lots of hopeful anticipation. It’d become something exciting that your people look forward to every 3 or so months. This team building activity would also greatly help your CSR.
6: Design the Company’s Coat of Arms Logo
To participate in this interesting activity, each team needs pens, markers, and paper. As the teams deign the coat of arms logo for the company, they’ll automatically focus on various aspects of the business. They’ll think of the past, recent corporate milestones, and the values the organization holds dear. In addition, they’ll incorporate the company’s future goals into the logo design.
In the process, everyone would learn a ton about the organization and what it stands for. Most importantly, each individual would reflect on their current contribution and hopefully desire to do more for the business.
Once they finish the “project,” place it somewhere in your office. It’ll serve as a reminder of what happens when people work together harmoniously. It’d also enhance creativity.
7: Untangling a Human Knot
This simple activity is a great way for employees to appreciate the power of effective communication and cooperation. In this activity, have people stand shoulder-to-shoulder forming a circle. Then, each person shoots out their right hand and grabs someone else’s hand. The person whose hand is taken is standing right across from where the “grabber” stands. Next, have each person repeat this action with the other hand. You’ll end up with a human knot.
At that point, each team should try to undo the knot without letting go of the hands. Untangling the knot takes lots of cooperation, teamwork, and effective communication. The lessons learned will probably start manifesting in everyday office work.
It’s Time to Start Leveraging These 7 Best Team Building Activities
There are as many fun team building activities as your creative imagination will discover. Some of them may require you to go outdoors, which means you’ll need to do some preplanning. Luckily, your teams can also find quite a few indoor activities to boost cohesion and productivity (hopefully).
While some of these activities may cost a little money, some are cost-free. Also, most can be completed in under an hour. When your sales team is happy, you’ll get to see more growth in terms of sales and less costly turnovers. Keep your sales team ahead of the curve with a few valuable Veloxy Plugins. With Veloxy Mobile and Veloxy Engage, you can forecast what your customers need beforehand and provide your sales team with relevant information and analytics at the right time depending on various factors like their context, location, and current task.