Team building activities are an essential part of building a cohesive environment at work. While they may seem silly at times, they go a long way in creating an atmosphere of camaraderie. It measurably improves employee retention and engagement results. Forbes magazine lists team building as the most important investment your company will make.
Particularly in fast-paced, demanding roles, colleagues may rarely get the opportunity to get to know each other. They miss out on significant benefits, as feeling connected to your colleagues improves work performance in every way. Building relationships from the ground up can significantly help people feel more engaged and satisfied at work.
Read on to learn the top 5 team building activities to keep staff happy and develop good teamwork skills.
1. Take a cooking class
Cooking classes are a great team-building activity. Who doesn’t love food? Preparing and sharing food and beverages is one of the most enjoyable things to share with others. Cooking classes allow your team to learn a new skill while socializing and having fun.
You can select a cooking class focusing on a particular skill, like knife skills, or a way of eating, such as vegan cooking. Alternatively, select a category based on regional food, like Thai cooking or Mexican food. If your office is based in Asia, try a team building cooking class in Singapore! The food is incredible, and the exciting locale is sure to bring your team together.
2. Sign up for a team ropes course
Rope courses are a fun, engaging way to get out of the office. Rope courses get your blood pumping and are great exercise, which is essential for working-desk jobs.
Teams must learn how to work cohesively and solve problems to get through the course. They push people out of their comfort zones, especially people afraid of heights. Being vulnerable with others brings you closer together and breaks down walls (no pun intended!).
3. Two Truths and a Lie
This game is a fun way to mingle with your team and learn more about your colleagues. Plus, it can be played on Zoom, perfect for 2020 when many offices have moved to remote working.
To play, each person shares three facts about themselves, two of which are true and one which is a lie. The other teammates must guess which is a lie. It sparks fun conversation, is a great way to get to know each other, and is a fantastic ice breaker.
This game allows people to break their preconceived judgments about people and gives them a fun platform to share their stories. Try it for yourself and be surprised by what you and your team learn!
4. Set up a scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts are a fun, interactive way for teams to engage. You can set out fun items throughout the office or in the surrounding area for them to hunt for. Alternatively, you can send your team to certain destinations, and when they are there, they take a group selfie to prove they found it. Set a time limit, so the pressure is on, and at the end, they show the photos to prove who found the most locations within the allotted time. Give out a lucrative prize for the winning team to spark some competitive spirit.
Write out tricky clues for them to find the locations or prizes, and teams will have to problem-solve to work their way through the scavenger hunt. This team-building activity is a great way to get teams more relaxed and working together.
5. Office Trivia
Office trivia is a lighthearted activity that can be done both in-person and on Zoom, great for remote offices. To play, a facilitator asks questions related to the office or work, but ensure you keep it fun and light. You can also include questions about staff to make it more personal.
This is most fun when you separate the staff into two teams, so they get to work together towards a common goal. Not only do they improve their teamwork in a lighthearted and engaging way, but by including questions about the team, they get to know each other better too.
At busy companies, it can be challenging to take time for team building activities, but it’s important in building a functional team. Poor morale and employee engagement lower your staff’s productivity and cause high turnover rates. Besides, who wants to be unhappy at work?
The happier and more connected your team is, the better work they will produce. Team building builds trust and connection in meaningful ways that make your team better. Managers cannot afford to miss out on these valuable opportunities. Try including team building several times yearly into your work calendar, and see for yourself how your staff will be happier at work.