Studies show that when companies plan regular team bonding events, they are 4.5x more likely to retain their best employees and increase office morale. Moreover, working in a team has shown to create stronger human synergy, collaboration and trust. But what happens when you can’t think of an activity to do with your peers?
Here are three effective ideas to get the ball rolling and stimulate those creative juices!
1. Human Knot Activity
Get your team to stand in a circle facing each other. Ask everyone to raise their right hand and hold the hand of someone standing across from them. Do the same with the left hand. And then see how long it takes for the team to untangle the human knot without breaking the circle. It’s a great way for your team to work on their problem-solving and communication skills while also having a few laughs.
2. Group Yoga
If you work in an office and your employees are sitting at computers every day, don’t underestimate the impact yoga could have on their attitude and outlook. Yoga can help alleviate stress, calm the mind, release tension, improve brain function and lift mood. Who wouldn’t want those outcomes!
3. Back-To-Back Drawing
This is a great one to help improve communication skills within your team. Split your team into pairs and get them to sit back to back. One person in each group is given the same picture to describe to their partner, who has to draw the shape or object being described. At the end of the allotted time, compare pictures to see how different they are – and which team has the best communication skills.
Finally, don’t just reserve team building games for away days. Incorporate them into everyday life and soon you’ll find yourself in a far more upbeat and positive work environment.