When we think of going to work, we think of those early mornings sipping coffee before heading out the door and into the office where you are met with a mountain of paperwork and emails.
We all know that feeling, right?
However, work is not just about submitting deadlines on time and having business meetings. There are many more important aspects to a workplace that will determine the success of your business. One of which being, team building.
Team building activities not only foster a welcoming and friendly environment for your employees, but they offer a chance to build relationships and gain trust amongst colleagues. This means that there will be better communication when it comes to business matters and personal concerns.
When there is effective communication in the workplace, the productivity of your team members will improve and therefore, make going to work more enjoyable for everyone on those early mornings!
In this article, we will talk about why team-building activities are important, how they can benefit your company, and where to find entertainment for your next big team-building event.
The aim of a team-building event is to build better relationships between colleagues in the workplace. However, there can be different outcomes for team-building activities depending on what the business wants to focus on.
For example, it can be focused on celebrating successes or improving communication skills. As well as this, the type of event will be different if you are hosting something for a specific department, or a leadership group.
The three different team building activities are:
1. Relationship Building
This is the most common form of team-building events as it is a common way to build a stronger team of employees and enables everyone to get to know each other a little better. For this type of activity, the focus will be on getting to know more about everyone’s background, personal interests, and what they do in their spare time.
A good example of a relationship-building game is “Two Truths and a Lie”, where someone says three things about themselves and everyone has to guess which one is a lie. This helps people get to know one another outside of work and learn something about their fellow colleagues.
2. Communication Skills
It can be difficult to improve communication skills at the workplace as everyone has different personalities and prefer to express their thoughts in their own way. For this type of team-building exercise, you could play “Lost On the Moon”. You can read the rules of the game on psychologicalscience.org.
The great thing about communication-based games is that they rarely require a lot of time and apparatus, so they can be done easily in the office or another small setting!
3. Celebrating Success
Most of the time, an event that is about celebrating success needs a slightly bigger budget, but it can still be done by DIY methods!
If your team has been working hard recently and you want to reward them for all their efforts, then an event like bowling might be ideal. You could also do mini golf, paintballing, or go-kart racing. The aim of celebrating success with your team is to say thank you to them for working so hard and also to have some fun!
It is important to show your employees that you care and also enjoy relaxing with them.
As mentioned before, you might be looking for a lost-cost way to organise DIY team-building events and if that is the case, then you have come to the right place!
Here are 20 DIY team building activities:
- Go on a hike
- Treasure hunt
- Boardgame night
- Videogame marathon
- Escape room
- Potluck dinner
- Office Olympics
- Day at the park
- Poker night
- Movie night
- Beach day
- Themed outfits at work
- Virtual happy hour
- Skating rink
- Bake off
- Book club
These are fantastic options for companies looking for something enjoyable, effective, and interesting for their employees!
If you want to take it a step further and hire some entertainment to go along with one of your team-building events like potluck dinners, or movie nights then you should browse the corporate entertainment section on the PartyWizz website.
These entertainers will add a magical touch to the event!
When you work together as a team, you will see numerous improvements to your business. That is because, when people work together they have better creative ideas and are keen to learn more about how to get better.
Not only this but building better relationships at work can help take the burden of responsibility off individuals and instead, nurtures the feeling of solidarity and sharing the workload. This can help with mental health and emotional issues people face at work.
By sharing ideas and goals for the business, it allows people to get different perspectives on their work. This gives people the confidence to share ideas and initiate changes at work that might make the system work better.
Ultimately, everyone struggles sometimes pulling themselves out of bed and into work, so being able to have conversations, share daily struggles, and feel valued in the process can give people an extra boost to keep committed to your company.
After all, happy employees mean a successful business where everyone feels appreciated and respected.
“Great things in business are never done by one person; they are done by a team of people.” — Steve Jobs
For a business to run successfully, you need a group of people encouraging one another and celebrating each other’s achievements. It is not only checking a box by including team-building activities in your next company meeting, it is vital to the future of your business.
Investing in team-building events does not need to break the bank, in fact, there is a whole list of DIY activities to choose from in this article to help you!
We hope your colleagues have a blast at your next team-building event!
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