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?
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.
Team building brings people together by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Fun activities that help people see each other in a different light allow them to connect in a different setting. People on your team are asked to think about the implications of these activities at their workplace.
Don’t have the big budget for a team building extravaganza? No worries! We’ve got you covered with plenty of DIY activities you can choose from in our DIY Store. You don’t always need tons of time or money for a big team retreat. Take a look at some of our most popular DIY activities down below.
Company culture is becoming a more important aspect of the workplace. Now more than ever, companies are going all out to provide a wonderful experience for their employees. The focus has shifted to making sure they’re happy, engaged and having fun at work. After all, it’s a big factor when choosing where to work. Having fun is key to effectively managing and improving employees’ productivity as it contributes directly to your company culture. It also improves teamwork, builds better trusting relationships and can help increase retention rates.
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