Let’s be honest here: the company outing is one of the highlights of your employee’s year. If there have been issues that don’t seem to somehow iron itself out through emails or discussion, physical activity and teamwork will often get the job done for you.
So today, we’ll be discussing some team building games or activities that you can have your employees do in the next company outing.
Purpose: Jump start creativity, heighten snappy thinking, and cultivates team synchronization.
How: Split your team into equal sized groups. This works best if you maintain the usual teams together. If you want a more “getting to know you” feel to it, mix and mingle the people in teams.
Now, provide them with a list of items or activities that they need to get back with (or at least with proof that they accomplished the task). Set a time limit so that you can expect all the groups to return by a certain time.
You can have a themed scavenger hunt or tailor fit it to the location where your outing is being held.
Purpose: Builds trust between employees. This activity also cultivates better communication between parties.
How: Split your teams until you have pairs. Have them sit with their backs to each other. One person will have a picture and the other will have a blank piece of paper and a pen (a pen works better since it implies that any sketches will be permanent).
The person holding the image must describe what they see and the other person must try to recreate the image being described–basing it solely on the information handed by mouth.
A bonus for this activity is the realization of the differences between perception. While the final drawing will seldom look like the picture, it is revealing to participants to see how different the interpretation of instructions can be even when they are supposedly talking about the same thing.
Purpose: Improved teamwork and creative thinking.
Collect a variety of objects and put them in the center of a table. The broader the variety, the better (e.g. office supplies, dinnerware, jewelry, toys, game pieces, etc.), Aim for at least 20 different objects. The goal is to collect items that, at first glance, have no apparent connection.
Break the team into groups, giving each group a sheet of paper and pen. Make sure they have a clear view of all the objects. Instruct them to classify the objects into four groups, writing down the groupings on their sheet of paper. They should not let the team groups hear what they are doing. When the time is up, have a spokesperson for each group reveal how they classified the objects, and why. Reasons might vary, from the function of the object to how it looks, or the material it is made of.
Bonus of this activity is that the teams are forced to look for common themes or points in otherwise unrelated objects. A discussion on how to work outside the box for solutions to problems that seem wholly unrelated ensues. This is applicable to the work environment for creative solutions.