By the end of a long and challenging work project, your employees may feel unfocused, overworked and emotionally drained. Team-building activities help to boost morale while encouraging employees to bond. As a result, employees feel energized and their ability to work in teams is strengthened.
Team-building activities can take place inside or outside the office. Activities such as spider web and physical brain teasers require teams to work together to meet a common goal. For example, spider web requires team members to get through a spider web, without touching the web, and using each hole only once, according to the Team Technology website. Brain teasers require less physical activity but also encourage team building skills. Teams are given problems to solve for a chance to win prizes. Both activities work well for conferences and company-sponsored events.
Charity and philanthropic team-building events offer a great way to give back to the community while building stronger teams. For example, organize a charity volleyball tournament or city-walk event. Encourage employees to form teams and raise awareness about the event in the days and weeks leading up to the event. If the company’s budget allows, organize a raffle or sweepstakes to drum up support and encourage greater participation among executives and employees.
Outdoor sporting events take place year round and offer an exciting opportunity for team building. Activities such as archery, quad biking, paintball and white river rafting are examples of team building activities. Individual sports can also be used on team events. Award prizes for the teams with the highest scores.
Nothing bonds a group of employees like a well-deserved conference at an exciting location, or at least one that is jam-packed with exciting team building activities. For example, challenge different teams to build a structure – such as a bridge across a pond or a lawn -- using only the pieces of wood provided.