Every business owner is aware of the importance of team building, which is why most of them organize various activities to maintain the level of efficiency in these difficult circumstances. Ideally, team building activities are supposed to boost motivation, mutual trust and eagerness, but with the pandemic still dominating our lives, the most important thing at this moment is to help your employees stay focused, united and ready to contribute. One of the most successful ways to ensure this unity and boost productivity is to organize team building events whose aim is to cultivate great interpersonal relationships. However, you need to be aware that there isn’t an activity that everyone likes and enjoys. That is why we’ve prepared the following list of ideas for you to consider and implement, depending on your employees’ preferences.
One of the ideas that have become quite popular recently, which also provides fun and an inexpensive way of giving people an opportunity to work together in order to solve a problem that is seemingly insolvable. You can opt for problems that require combined knowledge to solve or those that will ask people to overcome their fears. The point is that people really need to work together towards a common goal, which strengthens the relations between them. Ideally, you should form teams comprising colleagues who don’t know each other so well and who will need to communicate on a completely different level and find out how to maximize everyone’s strength while solving the puzzle. Most challenges will also ask them to trust each other, which is something every team needs if it wants to be successful.
This may seem like a surprising entry, but numerous companies have already realized the benefits of organizing a camping activity to boost team building. There are many reasons for this decision. Going camping means leaving your comfort zone and having to adapt. This, in turn, requires thinking outside the box and applying skills you have in a completely different environment. Needless to say, you need to provide the right equipment, such as tents, sleeping bags and a first aid kit. Also, getting one of sleek automatic knives for every employee that takes part in the event would be practical and they could keep it as a souvenir and remember the camping trip forever. However, you need to be careful to pick a period when no extreme temperatures are expected, so that people can really enjoy themselves while spending time outdoors. This is especially important to those who have never been camping, since you don’t want bad weather to ruin the whole experience.
One more popular team-building activity is a scavenger hunt. Again, in order to complete the task, team members need to communicate with each other and figure out the strengths of each individual. A scavenger hunt might also require stepping outside their comfort zone at times, but the most important thing is that those who need to do that feel secure, because they have their team members by their side. Like with most other activities suggested here, it’s usually best to create teams consisting of people who don’t work or spend time together or who might not even know each other at all. Not only will they have fun, but they’ll also be able to learn something interesting about their colleagues. The result will be beneficial for the overall communication in the company.
If your employees are not so inclined towards physical activities, you might consider organizing a pub trivia event. Perhaps a local pub can host such an event and you need to choose a host who is entertaining to make the most of the event. This isn’t a competition to show who the smartest person or team is, but rather an opportunity for everyone to have fun and work together. The point of pub trivia events and team building activities is to allow people to get to know each other better while having a great time.
The least expensive activity on this list and one that requires the least preparation is an event that can be organized in your offices. All you need to do is provide different board games, snacks and drinks. People might even bring their own favorite games and teach their colleagues how to play them. Again, the focus is not on the competition, but on people spending time together, having fun and getting to know each other better. In case you can’t bring people together, they might play some of the games online and still have fun.
As you can see, most of these activities don’t require substantial funds and can be organized easily. If you choose the right activities, people will be able to have a great time, which will have an excellent effect on their relationships and, eventually, motivation and productivity.