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!
What happens when you find yourself, and your employees in a work rut? Don’t worry, it’s pretty common. That’s why TeamBonding is here! When you don’t have anything new, inspiring, or challenging happening in the workplace, you may find you and your employees in a work rut. Let’s talk about these 4 tips for getting out of a rut at work!
Imagine if you will, that it’s 2006 again. The housing bubble has just burst, and the US economy is teetering on the brink of what will end up being the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. People are scared for the futures of their companies, and are cutting corners at every possible turn. No one is very eager to spend money on team building.
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!
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.
Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes chocolate bunnies and egg hunts. But why should the kids have all the fun? A corporate scavenger hunt is easy to set up and can range from a simple list of things you have around the office, to very elaborate and creative endeavors. The person or team with the most points wins! Here are seven simple tips for making your own DIY office scavenger hunt!
Ice breakers and puzzle games have their place, but sometimes you just want to get together as a group, and play. Here at TeamBonding, encouraging play is what we’re all about! When you play as a team, you develop and strengthen social bonds, which makes working together a more rewarding experience all around. With this in mind, we’re excited to share a free game for you to play with your team the next time you need to relax and have some fun.
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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