Teams at the workplace have to be built upon common perspectives and acceptance of each teammate’s values and beliefs. For a team to be effective, it is of utmost importance that there is a strong bond between all the members of the team.
The best way to achieve this is by hosting some team building activities. These don’t have to be outright large-scale events – the important point is to create a spark for co-workers to get to know each other better.
In other words, exciting team building activities are simply icebreakers. Read on below to find out some simple, or even unconventional such activities to foster teamwork within your workplace!
1. Board and Card Games – the easiest and quickest method to become friends with your co-workers is probably through board games or card games. Monopoly, Poker, Scrabble, Bingo – you name it. These games are relatively easy and everyone knows them, so you only have to get your hands on some board games and a meeting room, and you’re good to go! You might even end up finding how passionate certain silent co-workers are, or that those members you made out to be simple and straightforward, are actually quite cunning!
2. Competitions – cooking competitions, sports competitions, selling competitions: the list goes on and on. You can even turn your company objectives (i.e. monthly expected sales) into a small competition between the teams at your workplace. Competitiveness has always been praised as an indirect method to increase the motivation of individuals at work, and you’ll be amazed to see how much more effort team members will put in when there is a competition of some sort. Of course, make sure to also include some form of reward!
3. Local and National Festivals – instead of ignoring the festivals on the calendar as simple day-offs or holidays, how about hosting celebrations once in a while? It might be a religious celebration like a Christmas party, or a national festival such as New Year’s parties if religious festivals might seem inappropriate (but then again, Christmas parties are pretty common). Exchanging gifts or simply creating the opportunity for co-workers to socialize a bit more than normal is a great way to deepen bonds between each other.
4. Trips – and lastly, of course are trips! Trips are one of the most efficient ways to create team spirit. The prospect of spending a day together with the co-workers is sure to have positive effects – which are even doubled or tripled if the trip lasts for a few days. It doesn’t have to be extravagant: a simple camping trip, for example, can provide so many opportunities for team members to find out things they never knew about themselves!
And above all, these activities are not just a way to strengthen social relationships at the workplace – they also count as precious memories that will probably never be forgotten!