If you want to improve your company’s culture, take advantage of some team-building tactics.
The first thing you might think of when you hear the word “team-building” is cheesy games and forced fellowship. But, team-building is so much more than silly activities. It’s about bonding as a team and improving the way you work together.
According to one study, roughly 75% of employers rate teamwork and collaboration as “very important.” And if I had to take a wild guess, you probably fall into the 75%, too.
To take your business’s culture to the next level and encourage communication and collaboration, start using fresh team-building tactics to your advantage.
7 Creative Team Building Ideas
Team building might not always be at the top of your list of priorities. However, there are so many perks your business can reap from having team-building days or exercises. Among other things, team building:
- Boosts productivity
- Motivates employees
- Increases collaboration
- Improves communication
- Encourages creativity
If you’re looking for a new and improved way to team build, you’ve come to the right place. Here are seven unique and creative team-building ideas that will have your employees (or co-workers, as I like to call them) bonding in no time.
1. Tackling Trivia Together
Ah, there’s nothing like a little friendly competition to get employees out of their shells. If you want to spice things up and bring employees together, consider hosting a trivia day or night.
Sure, old-school trivia may sound a little dull. But, it can do the trick if you’re trying to team build. Trivia can act as an icebreaker for new hires or employees who don’t already know one another. Not to mention, it’s a great way to learn a few fun facts!
Trivia can be an inexpensive alternative for businesses on a tight budget. Plus, there are endless options on where you can hold a trivia event (e.g., at work, outside, or at a restaurant), and you can have as many participants as you’d like.
If you have remote employees, invite them to also participate in the trivia team-building exercise. The more the merrier, right?
To encourage as many employees to participate as possible, consider offering some kind of incentive for the winning team. Free lunch, gift cards … you name it. Any type of prize can make the trivia competition a little more interesting.
2. Letting Loose At Laser Tag
Now I don’t know about you, but I can still be a kid at heart. Just because you’re an adult now doesn’t mean you can’t let loose every once in a while. What better way to feel like a kid again than with a little nostalgic laser tag?
Even though your company is serious about customers and making a profit, you and your co-workers don’t have to be serious 24/7. Laser tag is a great way to bond with co-workers and work together as a team while having a little fun.
You might be saying, Mike… there’s no way anyone actually does this as a team-building activity. Well, I hate to tell you this, but you’re wrong.
My accounting software and payroll software company, Patriot Software, had a laser tag battle this past October as part of a wellness program and team-building exercise. Not only was it an absolute blast, but it also brought our employees together and allowed them to unwind a bit.
In short, this team-building exercise might seem silly, but it works. So, don’t be afraid to incorporate out-of-the-box activities and have a little fun when it comes to bonding with teammates!
3. Hanging Out While Scavenger Hunting
It’s a classic. It keeps you on your toes. And, it inspires collaboration. Wait, what are we talking about again? Oh, that’s right… a scavenger hunt!
If your goal is to bring your team together, you’ve stumbled across the right team-building activity. Hosting a scavenger hunt can encourage camaraderie and improve your team’s communication skills.
The best part about scavenger hunts is that you don’t have to go far to have them. Whether you have one in your office space or at a local park, scavenger hunts are an excellent way to boost employee engagement.
4. Creating A People’s Potluck
Do you know what sounds like a recipe for success? Team-building activities plus lots of food. And who would pass up food and fellowship? Hopefully no one!
If you want to have a more low-key team-building activity, consider having a potluck lunch at your workplace. Regardless of if it’s a monthly, quarterly, or annual affair, employees will have a ball bringing in food and sharing it with their fellow co-workers.
You can even have themed potlucks to celebrate different holidays or workplace events. Maybe you’ll have a Thanksgiving-themed potluck in November. Or, maybe you’ll plan a Cinco de Mayo potluck so everyone can bring in Mexican-inspired cuisine. You can even have a “get to know everyone” potluck where employees bring in their favorite dish.
You get the picture. The more fun and interactive the potluck is, the better the team building will be.
So let your employees show off their cooking skills and spend some time getting to know each other over some good home (or possibly store-bought) cooking.
5. Lunching And Learning About Each Other
While we’re on the topic of food, let’s talk about another great team-building activity: bonding during lunchtime.
OK, so we all know lunch breaks are an ideal time to kick back and relax a bit before you get back to the grind. But, it’s also a perfect time to learn more about your teammates.
If you want to build up your team and increase engagement, consider going out to or having lunch together every so often. You might decide to have team lunches on a monthly basis. Heck, you might enjoy doing it so much that you have lunch together weekly. Whatever you decide to do with your team, try to keep things consistent (e.g., go out to lunch once per month).
6. Coming Together For The Community
I’m all for working for a good cause. And, I love doing good deeds for the community. If you want to do some team-building, why not get your co-workers involved with giving back to the community?
If you plan on coming together and serving the community, meet with your team to decide what cause you want to help out with. The options are endless when it comes to community service. You can volunteer at an animal shelter, serve meals to the homeless, or deliver meals to the elderly.
You’ll feel good giving back … and you’ll get to team build. It’s a win-win for everyone.
7. Showing Your Spirit At A Sporting Event
As a company, you love showing off your business’s team spirit inside and outside of the workplace. If you want to showcase your spirit and work on team building, show off your swag and squad at a sporting event.
To team build, take your team out to a ballgame. Check out which teams are in your area and find a game to go to.
Add a little flair to your team by making T-shirts that everyone can wear to the game. Incorporate your business logo and colors on your tees. Don’t be afraid to show off your company and show that you’re a part of a work team.
To get even more exposure, take a group photo and post it on social media with a witty caption. Posting team events on social not only will help you engage with customers through social media, but also give you the opportunity to spotlight your amazing team.