Sometimes, bonding among members of a team can take place outside of the strict confines of job activities. Team building events can help bring a group together in ways that can form a durable bond. Here are some examples of team-building activities that will have positive impacts and will be well-received.
This activity is designed to bring together disparate personalities and help them mesh with each other. In this activity, individuals will go around asking people questions to figure out what is written on a piece of paper on their backs. These questions can only be asked in a yes or no format. They have to pair two objects that will generally go together. The intent is to get people talking with each other who may not ordinarily converse.
Ropes Challenge Course
This is one of the more complex, yet enjoyable team-building activities. A ropes course isn't just fun and athletically challenging, but according to Wonder Valley, it forces team members to overcome fear, trust each other, and work as a team towards a common goal. Employees are naturally afraid of ropes courses, but when they place their well-being in the hands of their fellow team members, they will have an easier time relying on them in a work context.
While team building tries to build a figurative bridge, here the goal is to build a literal bridge. The teams try to take the materials provided and build half of the bridge. The two teams will then try to combine each bridge to make a full bridge. Workamajig points out that working together to fashion something useful out of disparate objects helps facilitate communication and teamwork. Teams will have to cooperate and share ideas in order to succeed.
If you have the ability to take your team on a whitewater rafting outing, it forces a large number of your team members to spend a large amount of time together and to work for the common good. Spending time out in nature when everyone is working towards the same aim will be helpful in building long-lasting bonds. Having to paddle in unison and overcome the obstacles in the water are metaphors for what a good team must accomplish together in the office.
Team building activities do not have to be monotonous. If you think creatively, your team can benefit from some time spent getting to know each other and enjoy the experience as well!
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