It’s all about engagement. There’s a pretty clear link between the personal bonds between your team members and their engagement level. A recent Gallup study found that close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50%, while people with a self-described best friend at work are seven times more likely to be fully engaged at work.
Another Gallup study reported that engaged companies consistently outperform the competition when it comes to things like profits, productivity, and turnover. (Pretty important stuff if you ask us.) And it stands to reason – the closer you are to your co-workers, the happier you’ll be at work, and the more likely you’ll be to sacrifice your discretionary time to help them succeed.
We asked The Assist, a free weekly email for professionals, along with some of the most engaged, tightly knit companies out there to show us how to do team building right. We’ve broken them down into categories to help you decide which ideas might work best for your company.
Team Building Activity At Work [EASY AND AWESOME]
Activities for team building
Here are six team-building activities for your next meeting or event. These activities focus on encouraging people to work together towards a shared goal. In this way, their connections can easily translate into their everyday work.
1. Secret Structure
Before the activity starts, create a small structure using childrens building blocks and put it out of sight. Divide the participants into small groups of three or four. Give each group the same building materials you used to create your structure.
Allow one team member from each group to come up at the same time to look at your sculpture for 10 seconds. When they return to their groups, they have 25 seconds to tell their group how to build an exact replica of your structure. The person who looked at the structure should not participate in building it.
If no group successfully replicates the structure after a minute of building, another member from each group can come up to repeat the process. The game should continue this way until one group can correctly duplicate your structure.
2. Egg Drop
Egg Drop is a classic team-building game that supports problem-solving with others to achieve the desired result. Split the group into teams of three or four people and give them the following supplies:
Explain to the teams that their goal is to build a package around the egg that will protect it from an eight-foot drop. Give the teams 15 minutes to make their structure.
When theyre done, ask each group to give a 30-second pitch explaining the concept and design of their package. They can then drop their egg to see if their package works.
“Minefield” helps build trust and communication skills. This activity works best when you have a large, open space such as an empty parking lot or room with no furniture.
Before the activity starts, set up a field that has “mines” scattered around it. These mines can be chairs, balls, cones or other similar items. Then split the group into pairs.
One teammate will wear a blindfold and should not talk. The other teammate can talk and see, but can’t touch the blindfolded teammate or enter the field. The teammate who can see must use verbal directions to navigate the blindfolded teammate from one end of the field to the other by avoiding the mines. Once the blindfolded teammate has completed the field, allow the pair to switch roles.
4. Two Truths and a Lie
To begin “Two Truths and a Lie,” ask everyone to write down three statements about themselves. Two of the statements should be true, and one statement should be a lie.
Each person will then share the statements with the group. After an individual has shared, the group votes on which statement is the lie. The individual can then reveal which of their statements was the lie. This quick and easy team-building activity is a great way to help coworkers get to know each other.
5. Paper Tower
While the “Paper Tower” activity is simplistic, its good for teaching the importance of timing and planning. To start the activity, give each participant one sheet of paper. Let them know the goal of the activity is to make the tallest freestanding structure possible using no other materials except the sheet of paper. Give everyone five minutes to start constructing.
After five minutes, review the structures to see who had the tallest one. You can also have a discussion about what went well, what didnt go according to plan, who ran out of time and what everyone would have done differently.
6. Body of Words
On index cards, write down different words that have one less letter than the number of people in each team. For example, if the teams have five people, write down four-letter words. Give each team leader a card so they can direct the other members to form a letter with their bodies to spell the word.
Team building tips
Team-building activities are a great way to support skill-building and teamwork training. To make the most of your team building activities, keep the following tips in mind:
With these team-building activities, you can help your team or colleagues work on problem-solving, trust, communication and planning skills. By improving these skills, these activities should also ideally benefit the organization in some small way.
What is a good team building activity?
- Share Your Personality. …
- Play Team or Board Games. …
- Create a Scavenger Hunt. …
- Untangle a “Human Knot” …
- Give Out Blind Directions. …
- Do a Silent Line-Up. …
- Host a Lunch and Learn. …
- Have a Hack Day.
What are the 14 indoor team building activities?
- Communication activities.
- Problem solving and decision-making activities.
- Adaptability and planning activities.
- Trust-building activities.
What are the best team building activities for a small group?
- 1) Egg Drop. …
- 2) Dog, Rice, Chicken. …
- 3) Talking in Circles. …
- 4) Two sides of a Coin. …
- 5) Blind Drawing. …
- 6) The Mine Field / Watch your step. …
- 7) Three Truths and a Lie. …
- 8) Team Birthday Line Up.