For any company, it is imperative that its employees are working together like clockwork. This seems hard as every employee is not only unique but works in a different job role. However, for continued efficiency and effectiveness, there is no doubt that the employees should come together and work as a team. For that reason, companies use team activities that help participants to “break the ice” with each other in a friendly and fun environment.
Team activities are conducted by human resources or by consultants hired by companies. Activities are either planned for specific audiences or the conductor of these activities can use tried and tested activities again for their audiences. Considering there are numerous activities that you can plan for your employees, we’ve gathered some of the best known ones used in organizations all over the world.
The Blindfolded trust maze
This activity is geared towards creating trust between employees. To carry out this activity, you should first set up a maze track that will include different obstacles. These can include things to climb on, ladders etc. With the maze set up, you will have one employee blindfolded and assign them a partner. This partner will guide the blindfolded person towards the end of the maze but they can only tell them through verbal communication. Make teams and compete in a race to ensure that everyone participates fully in the activity.
Play organized sports
Another great idea for team activities is playing organized sports with employees. This will help them in various ways. First of all, during the fun they will be able to break the ice with employees they don’t usually work with every day. Second, making the employees take part in the fun in teams helps in creating friendships amongst their colleagues. You can choose from different games like football or volleyball. Teams that perform well should be awarded – the same goes for those individuals that played exceptionally well.
Scavenger and treasure hunts
Among different ideas for team activities, scavenger hunt is the most commonly used. This hunt requires employees to find different items through clues that are related to the employee’s working space. For instance you can hide items in cubicles of payroll department and give clues like “this item is hidden where the money comes from”. Treasure or scavenger hunts always intrigue employees as not only is it a fun-filled activity, but also there is chance to win exciting prizes.
There are various activities that you can choose from. However, it is recommended that you analyze the audience that you will be training. To conduct successful team building activities, make sure that you get to know the participants. You can do this by talking to their managers and colleagues. Also, you can get in touch with human resources if you are a consultant to ensure that you have complete data of the participants. This will allow you to create a training program that includes activities that will be result-oriented and help in creating solid teams within an organization.