CONFERENCE — May 10, 2017 at 2:59 pm

There’s No ‘I’ in Team

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How much do your employees trust each other?  How well acquainted are they?

Maybe they only communicate at work. Maybe they go for a bite to eat and drinks in the evening. Maybe they are all super best friends, and they hang out all the time. Whatever relationship your co-workers have with each other, there’s hardly a better way to strengthen it than through team building. Rather than activities that are going to make your employees roll their eyes, take a look at this list of interesting and engaging team building exercises we’ve put together!

 

1. Egg Drop

What You’ll Need: A carton of eggs; basic construction materials like newspapers, straws, tape, plastic wrap, balloons, rubber bands, popsicle sticks, etc.; tarp or drop cloth, parking lot, or some other place you don’t mind getting messy!

Instructions: Divide the group into teams and give each one 20-30 minutes to construct a carrier that will keep an egg safe from a two-story drop (or however high you choose). If you end up with a tie, gradually increase the height of the drop until you’re left with a winner.

What’s the Point?: This activity allows team members to improve their teamwork and collaboration skills. It also supplies them a chance to exercise their creative problem solving skills.

 

2. 60 Second Dash

What You’ll Need: Dependent on the activities selected (think Oreos, straws, empty Kleenex boxes, and ping-pong balls)

Instructions: Divide into teams to compete in timed challenges made famous by the hit show Minute to Win It. For example, one member of each team has to move a cookie from their forehead into their mouth using only their face muscles!

What’s the Point?: This activity allows people to let loose, have a little fun, make a bit of a fool of themselves, and learn to bond. Some challenges include audience insight, which can help build communication skills.

 

3. Chopped

What You’ll Need: Three or four ‘required’ ingredients, and a ‘pantry’ of sorts to make sure competitors can make a complete dish.

Instructions: Divide into teams and give the teams 30-45 minutes to come up with a dish that will wow the judges using the required ingredients. For an added challenge, add a drink pairing as a further requirement!

What’s the Point?: This activity allows teams to work together to find a creative dish to make. It teaches problem solving skills (how do we use the required ingredients?!), teamwork, communication, and patience (too many cooks in the kitchen?)

 

4. Backyard Games

What You’ll Need: Depending on the games you choose you might need a soccer ball, football, volleyball, badminton set, or frisbee. Get creative!

Instructions: Split up into teams and get read to compete for the ultimate title of Backyard Champion! Create a bracket and get teams to face off, moving closer to the trophy the more games they win!

What’s the Point?: These activities will help build communication, and teamwork skills. Some people will ‘captain’ their team, so to speak, and can also gain important leadership skills.

 

5. Scavenger Hunt

What You’ll Need: A list of tasks each team needs to complete, and one member on each team needs a cell phone with a camera.

Instructions: After dividing into teams, each team must complete all of the tasks on their list, taking pictures of each one as they go. The activities can range from “take a picture with a stranger” to “document a beer before and after it’s finished.” The first team to complete all of the tasks correctly, wins!

What’s the Point?: This activity promotes creative problem solving, teamwork, communication, team bonding, and collaboration.

 

Have ideas of your own? Have you tried some of these activities before? Let us know in the comments below, and happy team building!