Oh, the dreaded team bonding. Many people shudder at the thought of awkward trust activities and forced interactions. But what if the team bonding experience turned into something your employees actually enjoyed and looked forward to?
Yes, it may sound too good to be true, but with the proper planning and the right experiences, your team will come to look forward to team bonding. Here’s a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
One of the common objections to team bonding is that it is a huge waste of time. Employees often feel like they are forced to use their time for something that is insignificant, despite being told over and over again about the power of a well bonded team.
Having your team work together to contribute to the community allows your team to get out of the office, while simultaneously using their time for a good cause. You can even have them select the community service project that they want to contribute to. Create a list of possible projects and allow your team members to vote on what they’d prefer to do. Then use the second runner up as next quarter’s team bonding experience.
These popular team building games are a great way to get your team out of the office and focused on achieving a specific goal: escaping! Depending on the venue, teams are typically around six to eight individuals. Teams are locked up for a set period of time (usually an hour or so) and are given a specific scenario and clues to escape. Teams must work together to achieve specific goals and escape just in the nick of time.
Not only does this allow teams to bond more strongly, but it also encourages team’s to work together towards a common goal outside of the pressure of the day-to-day office.
Boat Ride on the Lake
Sometimes your team just needs some time to relax and really feel appreciated. A boat ride on the lake is the perfect solution. It takes the stress off of being in the office, and provides your team with a chance to bond together while enjoying the beauty of the lake.
Relax on the deck and watch the sunset, enjoy a meal together, and plan for a few fun games and team building activities. This beautiful venue is sure to create an experience that your team won’t soon forget, and will want to repeat as soon as possible!
These team bonding experiences are sure to be a big hit in your office. Alternate a few of these ideas, or create a tradition with your team’s favorite choice, and you’re sure to have a wonderful experience for all employees.