Be it to motivate the company, bring employees closer together or raise the morale in difficult times - the benefits of team building activities are immense and varied. But,
team building activities are only fun and successful if they are tailored to the group’s needs and interests. We put together a few ideas on how companies can personalize their team building activities.
Create a themeWith so many different personalities in a team, it can be hard to find activities that everyone will like. However, creating a theme around your team building activities can help to bring everything together. After all, team building is not necessarily about pleasing every individual, but rather about bringing the group together in a fun and exciting way. Themes are a great way to personalise your activities for your team - no matter the size of your company.
Still struggling with ideas? Here are some themes that could work for your company
- A whole new world: Get each employee to try tasks they are unfamiliar with. It can help them empathise and connect with each other, particularly if the company has gone through some recent changes. - A sports-related theme: Although it can be competitive, it’s a great way to get people to work together towards a common goal. - Give and take: Making a volunteering activity part of your team building is a great way to give back to the community and raise awareness for important causes.
Start an amazing raceThis popular show lends itself perfectly to any corporate team building fun, as you can include any kind of activity and customise the race for your company. The premise is simple: different teams are competing against each other to solve challenges and puzzles before reaching a defined goal. No matter the number of employees, you can plan this as a full-day even or just for a few hours.
Depending on your location, the amazing race could lead the teams through your office, the neighbourhood or your entire city. It’s a great way to encourage creative thinking in the team. Try to keep it as fun as possible to engage everyone. Tip: the final destination could be the day’s dinner or BBQ location. It will further motivate people to get there first!
Brand it!If you’ve got a great looking brand or logo, you could get your staff to dress in company branded t-shirts for whatever activity you have planned. In fact, go a step further and
Involve teams in the creation of the outfits. For example, if you are planning a group contest, you can encourage teams to design their own t-shirts by announcing the groups ahead of time. It’s not only a great way to get employees involved and collaborating, but also generate excitement for the event.