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?
At TeamBonding we love having the chance to help our clients give back and helping their communities. It’s even better when we can help companies focus on their corporate social responsibilities and actually have an impact instead of creating vague initiatives. Part of the fun for us is coming up with new ideas and creating new programs to continue giving back. We have a variety of programs from our Charity Bike Build and Team Teddy Rescue Bear programs, Operation Military Care to provide care packages to our troops, all the way to Paws for a Cause where you make dog beds, pull toys, or cat scratchers for animals in shelters – among so many other charitable program options!
Mention team building and you’ll see a lot of eye rolls. Mention that you’ve planned a team building event and the room will fill with groans. To a lot of people, team building feels like a corporate buzzword synonymous with forced participation, uncomfortable interaction and just a means to an end. Some think of it as purely a waste of time, taking them away from work they could be doing.
We have an exciting year of trade shows lined up! From ice sculpting demonstrations to battling with bows & arrows, our team is ready to bring the fun to these events across the country. Will you be in attendance at any of these shows?! If so, be sure to swing by our booth and say hello!
When it’s summer time, head outside to enjoy the rays and blue skies. DYI (Do it yourself) outdoor team building is a great way to learn new activities while surrounded by fun company and building strong bonds.
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 in order to work effectively. (more…)
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
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