6 Employee Team Building Activities to Try in 2018

Your business is really as strong as your team. If your team is good, you can overcome a lot of challenges. Employee team building activities have been proven to build a solid team and encourage bonding among employees.

Through employee activities, your employees can get to know each other better, do something positive together, and also help you to find out good things about their personality.

These activities are designed to be fun and educational at the same time. You don't have to spend a lot of money and time on these activities. It probably won't cost you a penny.

Without further ado, here is an excellent list of team building activities you can use to engage your employees.

 1. Game of possibilities

The aim of this team building exercise is to improve creativity and innovation among team members.

How to play

Get any object. Let a team member come in front of the rest member and demonstrate a use of the object. The rest of the team is allowed to guess the use of the object as demonstrated. The demonstrator only gives the correct answer after everyone must have given their opinions.

2. All Together

The aim of this game is to create teamwork and trust among employees

How to play

Take your team outdoors on a camping trip. Create a group of any size and ensure everyone has a partner. Take out two partners to an open field who are going to sit back-to-back on the ground.

Their aim is to get up into a standing position without using their hands. So what they have to do is to lean on each other and use their legs until they can completely stand up next to each other back-to-back.

3. Hole Tarp

The aim of this game is to promote teamwork, cooperation and problem-solving among members in order to achieve a common goal. 

How to Play

First, you have to get a tarp with randomly cut holes and a tennis ball. The team members will have to hold the tarpaulin and navigate the ball around it without the ball falling off the tarp or through the hole.

You can decide to scale it up to 1-4 balls if the team successfully passed through the initial stage of one tennis ball.

4. The Brighter Side Game

The aim of this game is to teach employees how to look at the positive sides of every problem.

How to play

Divide your employees into a group consisting of two partners. Let Partner A share a negative memory with Partner B. This can be a problem in his personal life or a problem he encountered in the office. Let Partner B then discuss the same problem, but focusing on all the positive aspects of it. After this, they can repeat the process with A taking the place of B.

5. Company Book Club

The aim of this activity is to develop communication among employees.

How to play

Let the employees decide on a book to read. You may decide to purchase this for them. Every morning or at a set time, a team member reads a chapter of the book while another member leads the team in a discussion about what the chapter is about and how they can employ the knowledge in solving the company's problem. This can be quite fun and educative.

6. The minefield game

The aim of this game is to build trust, communication and effective listening skills among employees.

How to play

This is an outdoor game. Find an empty space such as a parking lot or even a large hall. Place some objects such as balls, cones, bottles, etc. randomly on the floor. Then pair up members of the team.

Let a team member be blindfolded while the partner tries to lead him/her across space without stepping on any of the objects placed on the ground. They cannot touch and must communicate only with words. The blindfolded partner also should not be allowed to talk. This game helps members develop a keen understanding of instructions and help in bonding.

Conclusion

Team building activities are not just for educational purposes, but also for fun. When team members relate to one another through these activities, they will be more comfortable to work with one another.

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Comment by Marie Beckham on December 20, 2017 at 8:13am

Has somebody already tried any of them?

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