Whether your company is small or you want to break down a larger pool of employees into smaller and more personalized groups for team-building activities, you have plenty of options. There are many activities that can help break down communication barriers with a side of laughs and fun.
Accentuate the Positive
This positive exercise is perfect for a smaller group since the members know one another and work together on a daily basis. This activity gives the employees a chance to focus on their strengths as a group and individually. During the course of a work day, it is easier to focus on the negative, but taking the time to appreciate one another's unique and indispensable traits can help alleviate the lingering effects of stressful days. Remind employees to be honest in their praise by trying to find something real and positive, even if it is a small thing.
In this exercise, employees will break into teams of two in which one person will be blindfolded, and their colleague will act as their guide through an obstacle course. Each blindfolded employee will trust their respective partner's instructions to get to the finish line first. Everyone should have a chance to perform each role.
Fear in a Hat
"Fear in a Hat" is a game that fosters empathy in employees. You can introduce this activity by letting employees know that it is normal to have fear and anxiety at work, but assuring them that they are among peers and caring human beings. Ask employees to anonymously write down a fear that they have, fold the piece of paper and add it to the hat. Once all of the employees have added their slip to the hat, you can proceed to pull each slip and announce the contents to the group. After each is read, you and your group of employees should discuss each fear and how everyone feels about it. Ask people to carefully consider their responses, whether they share the fear or not, because someone in the room could use their support.
Keep All the Balls in the Air
In this exercise, you have your employees gather in a circle and ask them to toss a ball to one another. As the team members pass the ball, ask them to mention an aspect of the catcher's name and job responsibilities, or something positive that the catcher has done to make the thrower's job easier.