It’s important to make sure that your team can work well together, as this will improve productivity, efficiency and office harmony. It’s hard to know exactly what activities will yield the best results but you should have a think about your employees or colleagues in your company to see what type of people they are and what would bring them out of their shells so you can build trust. Here are our top ideas for corporate team building activities.
Get your blood pumping with these physical team building games and activities.
Outdoor fun team building activities
Set your team (or teams) a list of items they must find, whether these are easy to find, like a five-pointed leaf, or harder to find like a man in a stripy shirt. If you won’t be able to bring all the items back (for example the gentleman in the shirt) you could allow photos as evidence instead.
Set up a sports day, complete with sack races and a relay to encourage your team to work together and celebrate each other’s successes.
This is a game of trust. All members of a team are blindfolded, apart from one. The role of the team member who can still see is to guide the others in the team from one end of the minefield to the other, perhaps collecting items, without stepping on the (fake) mines.
Flip it over
To play this game you will need a large sheet or tarpaulin. Get the members of each small team to stand on their sheet and work together to flip the sheet over, without any of them coming off it. First to do this wins.
Indoor corporate team building activities
Set your teams a Ready Steady Cook-style challenge, where they must make something out of the ingredients in the bags provided.
Give small teams a selection of props and the title of a scene. They then have to act out the scene in the style of ‘Whose line is it anyway?’ and see who can get the best reaction out of the audience.
Recreate your favourite game shows
Why not try some of your favourite game shows for a bit of fun or even have the teams try to come up with the best game show, which will then be tried by one of the other teams.
For this game, stand in a circle and hold hands with other people in the circle (not the people next to you) and you will then need to work together to untangle yourselves and finish in a circle of uncrossed arms.
Write a question on a small piece of paper. The question could be simple, for example ‘what is your favourite hobby?’, or it can be more complex like ‘if you could go back in time, what would you change?’. Put the paper inside a balloon and fill it up. The balloons should then be blown up and batted around (which is quite fun in itself). When someone yells ‘grab a balloon’ you must all get a balloon, pop it and then take it in turns to answer the question inside.
Follow the leader
This game is simple but can be used for a warm up. A “guesser” is sent out the room so that one of the remaining people can be designated the leader. Standing in a circle, the participants must copy the leader as quickly as possible, without being too obvious, while the guesser tries to deduce who the leader is.
Challenge your team to give presentations for slides that they have never seen before and give the best presentation based on the slides that appear on the screen. The best presentation will be voted by the team.
If you’re not sure that games are right for you, give back by taking your team to volunteer by either baking some goodies for a charity bake sale or by volunteering at a shelter or entertaining in a retirement home.
Mental/knowledge games and activities
If your team doesn’t fancy running around, try these mental activities instead to boost your colleagues’ teamwork skills.
Count to 20
The aim of this game is for the team (or teams) to count to 20 but it’s not as simple as it sounds. One person should say a number at a time but you are not allowed to come up with a strategy – that is, there is no opportunity to talk to make a plan beforehand. Not knowing if one of your teammates is about to pipe up with the next number will mean that you will have to pay more attention to each other to search for the non-verbal cues.
The “Suddenly” story
One for a smaller group, the participants tell a story by each person in the circle saying three sentences and ending their turn with ‘Suddenly’, at which point the next person starts their dramatic portion of the story. This should make for an entertaining few minutes.
Escape the desert island
There probably won’t be a real desert island on hand for this game so you’ll have to make do with your imaginations. Your team will be tasked with coming up with a way to escape a desert island with only the items they have on their person or with some items they have named.
For a little extra fun, you could pile some useless items (or those items written on pieces of paper) for the teams to run and claim before telling them about the game and what they will have to try to use those items for.
Knowledge and deduction team building games
Who am I?
Put sticky notes on people’s foreheads or backs of famous people or characters and let them work out who they are using only yes and no questions.
For an extra twist, make the people part of a pair so that once the participants know their own identities, they must find their partner.
Quizzes can be a bit of fun and it’s a great idea to include a round that is specific to your place of work, to make the experience more relative to you.
Hear me out
Discover how well your team can divide the wheat from the chaff in this game. One person must read from a piece of text in a monotone voice to make the rubbish sentences and important ones blend into each other. Get the team to say what they thought the text was about at the end of the game.
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