Tired of boring team building events? Most employees don’t like attending to business travel or team building events. In fact according to expert psychologist David W. Ballard, these events can heighten the tension in the office if not done properly. But how will you build unity around your workplace? Don’t worry because here are the top five team building ideas.
Team Bonding photo by Andrea Allen via Flickr
Volunteering for Charity Work
Volunteering for charity work makes your team united because you’re working on a common goal – helping others. Compared to any kind of activity, this one is ten times more rewarding. It’s like hitting two birds in one stone. You improved your teamwork and you assisted those who are in need.
Allowing your colleagues to show-off their cooking skills is an effective way to build team work. It is fun because every member should work together to create a high-quality dish. Also, all of you can enjoy the food you made. So if you’re going to try this event, here’s how.
- Divide yourselves into groups. Assign three people to be the judges.
- Pick a dish and let the groups cook their own version.
- Set a time limit
- Make sure that everyone is contributing in making the dish. Even those who can’t cook should help.
- When the time is over, let the judges try their dishes. The group with the most score from the judges will win.
Dragon Boat Race by US Pacific Command via Flickr
Have you ever played the video game Call of Duty? It is fun right? Playing airsoft is like playing Call of Duty only in real-life. Also, it’s an excellent way to improve the camaraderie of your team. Moreover, playing this game is an effective exercise for the whole body. You’ll need to crawl, crouch and sprint while playing. So if you want this as a team building activity, here’s what you need.
- An airsoft gun
- A protective mask. Make sure to protect your eyes while playing.
- Military battle dress
- And of course, ammunitions. You don’t want to go to war without bullets right?
Dragon Boating Racing
Dragon Boating is the ultimate test of unity. To keep the boat moving forward, you and your teammates should paddle in a coordinated way. In other words, you can’t win the race without good teamwork. Also, it’s exciting and it can burn lots of calories. So if you’re planning to do this, just bring extra clothes because you’re going to get wet.
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Holding a photo scavenger hunt is a good way to build your team. It’s fun, challenging and budget-friendly. So here’s how it’s done.
- Divide yourselves into groups.
- Have at least one camera for each group.
- In sheets of paper, make lists of interesting things that need to be photographed.
- Give one to each group
- When the groups are ready, send them out so they can take the pictures on the list. Give them up to two hours to take photos.
- When the time is up, tell the groups to show their photos. They will gain one point for each photo. And the group who has the most points will be the winner.
Are you excited to try these ideas? Go out with your team, have fun and work as one. And once you get back to the office, keep the momentum going and stay united.