Valentine’s Day is the sweetest holiday of the bunch.
The energy created between sweethearts is second to none, but creating energy within your team is equally as important.
Here are some fantastic team builders that also function as meeting energizers, and they work with onsite staff as well as staff you have out there in the virtual world.
Meeting Energizers and Team Builders
This is a quick game that pits smaller groups (3 to 8) against each other. The goal is for each team to find as many commonalities within the group as possible. The commonalities must apply to each person in the group and there is a 2-minute time limit.
These commonalities can’t be obvious ones like, “we all have fingernails or we all are wearing clothes” (though the opposite could be fun). They need to be a bit more “creative” like we have all visited Greece, we all like to go fishing, or we’re all afraid of spiders, etc.
The team with the most number of Commonalities wins. The team with the funniest Commonality also wins. In fact, you can have as many winning categories with “prizes” as you wish for teams.
PPT of Me
This energizer and team builder is a great way to start off your meetings. Each meeting starts off each a 4-slideshow presentation from a different team member. The slideshow will give the team member an opportunity to share a bit about who they are, what they do, and where they come from outside of work.
This is one of the team builders that really helps people get to know each other better.
Team builders like Say What? are great ways to inject some much-needed energy into your meeting, and this one can be done in just a few minutes. It’s also a great way to have new team members introduce themselves to the rest of the team.
Have people introduce themselves by name and then say what car part best represents who they are. For example, “Hi my name is Tyler, and if I were part of a car I would be the back seat – because I like to have fun, and that’s where the most fun happens in a car.”
Get more energy injected into your next meeting by blasting a “theme song” that represents the content of the session. Have people come to the meeting with the song looping in the background. You can also tie the song into your slide notes for a greater impact.
The best songs are ones that supports the theme or message of the meeting. (i.e. Weird Al’s “Eat It” for a meeting about acquiring a new company, or Black Eyed Peas “I Got a Feeling” for a meeting for launching a new budget).
All of these great meeting energizers do double duty as team builders.
Adding a bit of fun to each meeting will not only energize your team, it will help them stay more motivated and engaged. And of course, we believe that when your team is having fun, there is Team Building happening!
When your team is having fun, they will relax and be more engaged in what they’re doing. They will also have a fun, common experience that will enhance the bond they have with their coworkers to take back to the office with them.
So try some of the sweetheart ideas above and use your own creativity to build a bit more love inside your team. And don’t forget to buy flowers and chocolates – because you can’t be a sweetheart at work without being one at home!
Group Size: 8 – 500
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Group Size: 12 - 100
Time: 2.5 hours
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.
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This time I went to a Team Teddy Rescue Bear.
I’m Joyce Ngo – public relations enthusiast, student, and currently TeamBonding marketing intern. This summer as part of my internship I will be focusing on social media and bringing the experience of the events and programs we do to the mass public from my perspective. You’ll get a behind the scenes view of what happens before the event and the preparation that goes into it. I’ll be posting blog posts about my observations and experience at each event. Basically, you’ll get to see what Joyce the Intern sees, no fluff. This time I went to a Charity Bike Build.
Memorial Day reminds us that summer is close but don’t forget what the true meaning behind the day is! Memorial Day can have different meanings for everyone. Often times, people use this day as a celebration for the arrival of summer. Cookouts, family reunions and a 3-day-weekend are all a blast but they can take away the importance of what the day truly signifies. While you celebrate good food and loved ones, don’t forget to pay your respects to those who have died fighting for our country. Pause, reflect and honor.
United we stand. Divided we fall. Some of the strongest bonds are forged in the face of challenge and adversity. War, economic collapse, social protests—these circumstances bring people all different backgrounds, from different walks of life; in ways that they might never have met. However, not all bonds are forged on challenge alone. Sometimes teams find their foundations in activities that combine fitness, competition, and good-humored fun.
Have you made a team building resolution for the New Year?! You should!
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