Do you want to strengthen your employee bond? A strong team is one of the things that makes up a successful business, but how can you make your team feel more like a family?
Teambuilding exercises are a great way to go about it. There are so many to choose from. We want to give you some inspiration for teambuilding activities that your employees won’t dread.
Not sure where to get started? Don’t worry about it. Keep reading for some of our favorite fun teambuilding activities so you can start bonding with your employees today.
Escape rooms are popular right now and for good reason. They’re a great way to have fun while using your brain and they’re perfect for groups.
Make an appointment for an escape room near you (or several appointments if your team is too large for a single game). Your employees will have to work together in order to make their way through the puzzles.
Different employees have different strengths, so everyone is sure to have something to offer the rest of the team during the escape room game.
If you’re not into going to a physical escape room, no problem. Many employees may be limited by family obligations, transportation, or time. Or you may have an online-only remote business. No problem.
There are also virtual escape rooms that let everyone work together no matter where they are.
A Scavenger Hunt
Another fun way to use your brains while you’re also having fun is through a good scavenger hunt.
There are a few ways to do this. If the weather isn’t good or you’re looking for something that employees can finish in a shorter amount of time, you can hide objects around the office. Sure, you could use objects that are already there like staplers or binders, but that isn’t as fun.
Hide objects that don’t belong in the office so employees have more fun finding them. Consider it like an egg hunt. If it happens to be springtime, a real egg hunt could be even better.
You can also do a scavenger hunt outside. If you have an outdoor space, place objects around just as you would indoors. If not, why not have your employees walk around town to find things like specific billboards, a certain color of the car, or pets being walked by owners?
Make sure that they take pictures as proof!
Have employees work in small teams to find everything. The ones that find the most objects at the end of the game, or who finish first, win. This task advantage their competitiveness and forces them to work together.
Encouraging group exercise sessions are getting more and more popular as business owners learn about the importance of a healthy workplace.
Make sure that this is optional. Not everyone is capable of the same kinds of exercises and some people may have no interest in physical activity before or after work. For those who do enjoy it, though, it’s a great bonding experience.
Pick something fun like yoga or dance aerobics. This gives your employees more of an incentive to join even if they aren’t interested in fitness. Lead your employees through a routine or hire an instructor for the day to do so for you.
Finish the session with a healthy snack.
The endorphins that are released from the exercise session make employees happier and associate each other with that good feeling.
Fun Outdoor Games
We love using fun outdoor games for building your employees’ bond. While some people may scoff at the idea of playing games as adults, others will be thrilled for the opportunity.
There are plenty of options. You can choose simple games like disc golf, soccer, softball, or capture the flag. Most people know these games and they’re cheap to start so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on this outdoor team-building activity.
You can also choose more complex and unusual games. You can do something like a life-sized board game that’s still suitable for those who are less active, or something like bubble soccer for those who are ready for an intense and fun afternoon.
Take a quick poll of your employees to see what they’re most interested in.
Are you looking to take advantage of your employees’ natural competitiveness without doing something that’s too active?
Trivia is accessible for everyone and it’s a lot of fun. You can do individual trivia or team trivia by splitting your employees into small groups.
Decide where you want to have the trivia session. To keep it simple, consider doing it at the workplace after hours. You can offer small prizes to the winners.
If all of your employees are of drinking age, look into local trivia nights at popular bars.
If none of these seem quite right for your team, why not join together and help out a charity? You can do this on your own by hosting a charity event together or you can join up with a local program.
Your employees may enjoy working at a soup kitchen together or helping to pick up trash around town. You could walk dogs for the local Humane Society or host a small event of your own that your customers can join in on.
Whatever you choose, your employees can bond over the ability to work together for the greater good.
Don’t Use Boring Teambuilding Activities Anymore
Let’s face it: everyone hates the icebreakers and simple “get to know you” games that we’ve all been doing since grade school. These teambuilding activities are sure to engage all of your employees and bond them together in no time.
Make your employees’ bond as strong as it can be!
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