It’s easy… right? You just need to find the right people with the right skills, put them in a room together, and you have a well-oiled team. They’re smart, and they know their stuff: they’ll figure out how to get the work done…except it doesn’t always work out that way.
Team bonding activities are a great way to build relationships that will improve your team’s performance. These activities help members of your team create bonds that are as authentic as they are deep – you will truly have teamwork at work.
We provide a foundation for team building that lasts beyond your TeamBonding event; however, you’ll have the most success after your event by incorporating team bonding activities into your company culture throughout the year. Here are 6 DIY team bonding activities guaranteed to work!
1. Office Icebreaker Games
Office Icebreaker games are an excellent way to find people who have similar interests as you. Employees want an intrinsic connection to their work and their company.
2. Games Beyond Icebreakers
You can get a lot of free team building games online. Although the site hasn’t been maintained in a while, Wilderdom still lists quite a few team bonding activities on their website. You can also find a helpful and categorized list of ideas at the Team Building Directory.
3. Volunteering As A Team
Run for charity. Golf. Build Homes. Collect food. Volunteering as a team is a team bonding activity that lasts. The camaraderie that teams develop when they volunteer together is sustainable and robust. Kick off your annual plans for volunteering with a charitable TeamBonding event.
4. We Are Family
Host team bonding activities for employees’ families at work to help employee families develop friendships outside of work and cement team bonding in the workplace.
- Invite them to volunteer with your team.
- Host trick or treating from office to office.
- Host potluck tailgate parties in the parking lot before football games.
- Put up a big screen in the parking lot to show family movies in the summer.
5. Office Gamification
Platforms like Officevibe improve and shape your organizational culture. Companies like Google, Zappos, and Nike know how to motivate their employees. Their secret for high employee engagement is focusing on improving what Officevibe refers to as the big five: Wellness, Productivity, Social, Environment, and Generosity. Having a strong balance of the five facets of company culture leads to happier employees and a great environment. Officevibe incorporates this into their gamification platform.
Office gamification enables your team – whether remote or all working under the same roof – to bond on their own down time.
6. There’s More!
Check out the DIY team bonding activities on our blog. We also have a free eBook that help you get the most benefit and better results out of your team building event, plus some free office icebreakers.
What group team bonding activities do you use at work?
In this series of articles, we take a few minutes to chat with a member of the TeamBonding team so you can get an idea of the sort of people we are. In this installment, we talked to Josh, our Director of Event Operations, who gave us a few fun facts about herself!
The corporate world is experiencing a massive shift. A new generation is entering the workforce, many are retiring, and the formula for leadership is being re-invented. Dictatorships are giving way to collective organizational vision creation. Our titles, age, or departmental role do not define us. Focus is shifting from individual acceleration to purpose-driven teamwork. (more…)
Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. The quantity and quality of communication within a team and from leadership affects teamwork. The more collaboration your projects require the more assertive and intentional your communication should be. Every member of the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. It’s important for everyone to learn how to communicate effectively to improve teamwork. (more…)
We learn early in our lives that it’s better to win, and in order to win, we need to be competitive.
“Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.”- Henry Kissinger In order to lead, sometimes it is necessary to inspire. Leaders invoke the passion and drive into their team in order for hard work to be done. Team bonding quotes have the ability to encourage, but they also allow us to remember the great leaders of the past.
Turnover Formula: Employee turnover is the percentage of workers who leave your organization, the employment relationship ends and they are replaced by someone new. Attrition is different. This generally refers to the end of the employment relationship due to retirement or job elimination or employee death. When attrition occurs, the position is not filled with a new employee.
Team building applies to any field, even a football field. Following my favorite sports teams is my number one hobby! It’s fascinating to see how the most intense sports teams perform; the way they communicate, work together and understand each other. As fans, we care about the win! However, we have no idea what effort goes on behind the scenes. I realize that to have such a fierce demeanor as a team, it takes some work, teamwork. For players to cooperate, commit, and triumph, they first establish a fundamental core with team building.
As summer time ticks away the stores have gone from seasonal sections of gardening and outdoor to school supplies. Aisles upon aisles filled with everything from erasers and rulers to back packs and water bottles. There is a palpable excitement amongst the youngest of school goers as the seasons change from summer to school.
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