The Best Team-Building Activities for Your Workplace
It should come as no surprise that teams that work well together are more productive, more successful and more motivated. But how do you get your team to that point? If the phrase “team building activities” sends shivers down your spine, you’re not alone. But, when done correctly, they can be a fun, effective way to strengthen your workplaces’ bond and promote better teamwork and office morale.
The key is to choose team-building activities that are genuinely enjoyable and suit the personality of your employees. Even the strongest team can benefit from team-building activities, and here are some of our favourites.
Paint and Sip Classes
Paint n sip classes are a fantastic way to get your team together in an informal setting and let their creativity shine. With an environment that’s warm, unpretentious and inclusive, paint n sip classes are a great icebreaker that is fun for all, no matter what your skill level.
With some liquid courage and professional local artists leading the way, your team will be well on their way to creating great memories together that may very well be the foundation of an incredible working relationship.
Karaoke is another great, lighthearted way for your team to have some fun together and let your guards down. With the help of a generous drinks package, you’d be surprised at how many people are down for belting out some of their favourite tunes.
Whether anyone on your team can sing is beside the point, karaoke is all about letting loose, not taking yourself too seriously and living your rockstar fantasy. Just make sure beforehand that this is an activity that the majority of your team is keen for, as you’ll need a few people to get the party started and break the ice.
You might feel silly pulling out a board game in the middle of the office, but they can act as an excellent way to bring your team together in new and creative ways. For teams that would rather strategise than go to a happy hour, board games are an alcohol-free alternative to many of the more boozy team-building activities out there.
Not only are they a great way to form a human connection, but they’re also an excellent way to get some insight into how people work and how they handle both winning and losing. If you don’t have any tabletop games handy, there are plenty of games you can find on the App Store or play with nothing more than a pen and paper.
Escape rooms are all the rage right now,with plenty of different challenges that range from a jailbreak to a gaming house heist. No matter what option you pick, the key to successfully escaping is working together as a team and using everyone’s strengths in the best way possible.
While escape rooms can be difficult and maybe even a little scary at times, they’re a surefire way to get everyone involved and working together towards a common goal.
Guided by the helping hand of experienced local chefs, cooking classes can help your team step out of their comfort zones, get to know each other in a new setting and maybe even pick up a new skill or two.
Cooking classes are generally catered to those of all skill levels, so no one will have to worry about being left behind. And often, what you’re cooking up will require more than one set of hands, giving your colleagues the opportunity to work together and have fun doing so.
One of the most interactive options on this list, improv classes can actually teach you and your colleagues’ many valuable skills that will come in handy in the workplace. Whether it’s communication, overcoming challenges or speaking in public, there’s a lot to learn from the art of improv.
Plus, it’s a laugh-filled way to get to know each other and try something you might never attempt otherwise. While it may be a bit daunting at first, with the help of a great couch everyone will slowly come out of their shells and join in on the fun.