The majority of workplaces require individuals to work with others to complete a common goal. It is extremely important for the team to work together well so that they are able to productively and efficiently complete the necessary projects. Teamwork, however, is not something that comes naturally to everyone. And more times than not, people are not always going to instantly get along with everyone who they need to work with. This brings us to the topic of today’s blog post - team building activities for the workplace.
Team building activities allow everyone in the work environment to get to know each other better. They also help teach and bring to light how each individual in the company works best and what their strengths and weaknesses are. Communication and collaboration are also boosted during team building activities. Team building activities can be done company-wide or in smaller groups/departments, depending on the size of your company and the workplace dynamics.
It is important to make team building activities a regular part of your workplace routine. One way to do this is to open each weekly meeting with a quick 5 minute team building activity. Another way is to have a 1-2 hour time set aside during the workday each month designated specifically to team building activities.
Here are a few examples of team building activities that you can incorporate into your workplace:
1. Blind Drawing: In this activity, two individuals sit back to back. One is given a picture of an object and the other is given a pen and piece of paper. The individual with the picture must describe the object (without directly saying what it is) and the other individual (who can’t see the picture) must attempt to draw what is being described.
2. Three truths and a lie: In this activity, each person takes turns sharing 3 true things about themselves and one thing that is not true. The only catch is they do not tell the rest of the team which thing is false, the team must try to guess which thing is a lie.
3. Flip it Over: This activity requires having a blanket, towel, or tarp. Depending on the size of the company and size of the object, split into groups of about 4-5 or 6-8. Everyone in the group must stand on the blanket, and without stepping off, the group must flip over the blanket to the other side.
Interested in more team building activities? Check out this link to find more ideas: Top 50 Team-Building Games That Your Employees Will Love