How many opportunities do you get to find out that Steve working in HR is an MMA wrestler by night but is scared of frogs? Your meticulously planned team building activities of course. Normally, companies opt for activities that provide large meeting areas, meals, recreational activities, a company retreat leader and in some cases, overnight accommodation. And all those are great! but naturally all just a tad bit boring... So we had a lovely round table discussion to get some ideas from our LocalHooders for some great ideas to turn you next company retreat into something that your employees and staff would actually want to go to.
Battle of the Airbands
All you'll need are speakers, smartphone or mp3 player. Ever seen one of Jimmy Fallon’s famous lip sync battles? Expand the idea to a full battle of the airbands. Split your group up into teams of 3-4 people and let them decide who will be the singers, guitarists, drummers, etc. Give them some time to choose, rehearse, and perform a lip synced version of whatever work-friendly song they like. If they have a few days, teams can dress up or bring props. After the performances, teams can vote on the winner (with the caveat that no one can vote for their own band). Or, let a neighboring department in on the fun and have them choose the winner.
Everybody loves food and we could all bond over food. It could be a mock Master Chef competition, wine tasting (tasting!), or cheese making lessons followed by cheese-related activities (you know, fondue?). And last but not least and certainly something that would keep everyone on their toes is an eating competition. This sort of These events provide sufficient relaxation time for everyone to actually connect and bond. Break time and mealtime is the period when you actually get to know someone and engage in non-work related topics.
Who said all team building activities need to be indoors? Head out with your team for some sun! Try dragon-boating or double-kayaking, which requires good teamwork. Include a race if possible.
I really can't think of many ways to cultivate and nurture your relationship with your boss than shooting her in the face while all your coworkers stand around, cheer and wait for the backlash at work.
Mini makeover for the office.
If your office is in need of a few changes, work as a team to spruce it up! While your team sets out for lunch, create a simple list of things that could use an overhaul. Working in a team will be beneficial for all. The organization doesn’t need to have a big budget. Minor changes like adding some new plants, art, or a few colorful pillows to the couch in the lounge can really make the difference. In addition to teams becoming stronger, the work environment will be better suited for all who helped out which will improve the mood around the office.
Two Truths and a Lie:
Each person submits two truths and one lie about themselves at the game or to the party organizer. Each person should let the game organizer know which statement is the lie. Compile all the information into a document in a multiple choice style quiz and create an answer key. At the party, pass out the game sheets and have everyone answer each question by designating which answer is a lie for each person. Have one or two people who don’t participate in the game score each submission and declare the winners! You’ll be surprised how much (or how little) you know about your coworkers.
All you'll need is a carton of eggs; basic construction materials like newspapers, straws, tape, plastic wrap, balloons, rubber bands, popsicle sticks, tarp or drop cloth, parking lot, or some other place you don’t mind getting egg all over you. Divide the group into teams and give each one 20-30 minutes to construct a carrier that will keep an egg safe from a two-story drop (or however high you choose). If you end up with a tie, gradually increase the height of the drop until you’re left with a winner.
Not-for-Profit Team Building
Partnering with NGOs on the occasion of company retreat can establish long and affectionate memories. The fund that is used for a company retreat can actually go towards a good cause and on the other hand, the employees can learn more about social impacts that they might not normally be aware of. A great example is Marks & Spencer and Oxfam. The involvement of NGOs in company retreats & activities play an educational role that helps consolidate the experience of the activity to be a more memorable and fulfilling one.