Team Building Exercise Ideas That Bring Your Company Closer Together

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Team building exercises aren’t that popular with the employees. There’s often a feeling that they are just something the HR team comes up with to keep itself occupied. However, this really isn’t the case. These exercises actually serve a purpose and can make your team better and stronger.

In order to accomplish this, the HR team needs to try and make the exercises fun and innovative. The goal should be for the exercises to fit the needs of your team, which mostly depend on how young the company is and what kind of interpersonal relationships it has.

Back-to-back drawing

This exercise is simple, inexpensive and it’s usually a lot of fun. But it has practical goals as well – it helps the team to communicate and understand each other better. All you need is some paper, tape, a few sharpies and a room large enough to fit everyone.

The team is separated into pairs, facing back to back. Everyone gets a drawing and tries to explain what it is to the person facing the other side. The difference between the drawing and the explanation should emphasize the importance of communicating.

Office trivia

Office trivia is the simplest of team building exercises and it’s especially well-suited for companies that have a lot of new employees or have just expanded their personal and infrastructure. It requires no investment; all you need to do is to come up with 25-30 questions about the company and with some sort of reward system.

The questions could be as simple as “what colour are the tiles in the upstairs kitchen”, but they could also go into the company history. It’s a fun way to get to know each other as well as the company.

Paintball

Paintball is often among the most popular team building activities and there’s a reason for it. It’s an engaging and fun way to spend the day and almost everyone wants to feel the rush of shooting at someone without the danger.

It’s not only about the adrenalin; paintball actually requires a lot of team unity and communication in order to achieve the best results. These skills can easily be applied in the office environment and the boardroom, which itself is often described as a warzone.

Take a short trip

Team building doesn’t have to be some complex activity. Sometimes it’s enough to take a short trip together and use it to get to know each other better and relax outside your routine and familiar comfort zone. The trip doesn’t have to be expensive; it’s enough to take a bus from Canberra to Sydney and have a change of scenery.

However, the trip itself is of course not enough. Use the opportunity to make a working vacation out of it and to get to know the places you’re visiting, including their culture and their history. Experiencing this as a team will bring you closer together.

Community service

Working on a worthy cause with your co-workers serves multiple purposes at once. It makes your team better connected and allows you to form new bonds. It helps your community as a whole by helping those in need. And, finally, it’s a good PR move for your company as well.

The decision of what cause deserves your help the most should be reached together with the employees, and participation shouldn’t be mandatory, just encouraged, since this is happening after work hours.

An art project

Working together on an art project can really bring your team together and allow your employees to express their creative side. This isn’t just about building a sense of unity and team cohesion – these projects could increase the productivity of the entire company and showcase the hidden talents of your employees as well.

The project needs to be something that requires the whole team to work together. A painting that could be hung in the office is a good example, but so are short films, because they require a high level of collaboration as well. You don’t have to write an actual script; it’s enough to recreate a scene from a well-known classic, too.

Employee input

It’s also a good idea to ask your employees for ideas when it comes to team building. Their input is often very creative and can provide an insight into their interests and passions. Using their suggestions also helps keep the exercises from becoming boring and repetitive.

Try not to decide on future exercises simply by voting, because that means that some of your employees never get to see their idea realized. A fair system needs to be devised that takes everyone into account.

Team building exercises are actually very useful to keep the productivity up and your employees engaged. The tricky part is choosing the right one to go for.

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