It can be hard to get staff genuinely excited about team building activities. With the exception of some workplace friendships, it’s tough to get people to bond outside of the office environment, especially if the only thing they have in common is their place of employment.
For this reason, your team building activity should fall into one of two categories: it needs to be “universally” fun (as in, something most of the population would enjoy), which isn’t easy as different people have different tastes; or it needs to be useful, as in something they can then take and apply to their life outside work and something that can actually add some value to their lives.
Additionally, a team building activity has to tick the actual “team building” box, meaning it does need to foster a bond between your employees (that’s the whole point of it, isn’t it?).
With those two categories in mind, below are three examples of corporate team building activities that don’t actually suck and that your staff will probably look forward to.
Fun for some, useful for everyone. Cooking classes are the perfect team bonding experience (with the added bonus of including food at the end). If there is one thing everyone in the world can bond over, that thing is food.
Cooking classes are a good activity for both extroverts and introverts as they can concentrate on the task at hand as much or as little as they want to, while still working as part of a team.
People bond over meaningful experiences. Sure, paintball is fun – but it’s forgotten by the following week when your staff is back into deadline and project delivery mode. Meaningful experiences take up more time in their memory and, as such, are more worth having. Find a charity and get your staff working together towards a common goal, whether it’s fundraising as a team or even on a day out planting trees or feeding the homeless. Anything goes, as long as you do something that counts. At the end of the day, everyone will feel better for having done it.
You know what’s fun to make fun of? Work.
In case you’ve never heard of PowerPoint Karaoke (also known as Battle Decks), it is one of those improvisational activities guaranteed to bring out the laughs.
Each participant must deliver a PowerPoint presentation based on slides they have never seen before. It’s kind of like improv comedy, but making fun of your day-to-day job, in a light-hearted way.
This activity doesn’t take much organising, doesn’t require a special venue (your boardroom is just fine) and can be greatly improved with the addition of alcohol. A fun complement to Friday Drinks (or any day drinks) with the added bonus of being quite fun to organise too: all you have to do is pick a topic and find some random images for you slideshow online, complete with some completely unrelated text… then watch the madness unfold.