How to make a great team-building activity

12 Feb

When teams come together, everyone benefits.

Team building is a very important part of creating a successful workforce and community. When people have fun together doing something constructive and challenging, they tend to bond more strongly. By keeping workers functioning happily together as a unit, HR managers will be able to trust that teams will work together and operate smoothly.

There are some points to remember about team building. The first is that many people who are otherwise team players may not want to engage in team building, Entrepreneur reported. This is because they don't see a point in the activities. When a team is working well together, then it often will collect as a group and do activities together like a trivia night or having a couple of drinks after work. In a situation like that, it can be hard to know why people should engage in doing a team activity. Actually, the additional structure of team building can sometimes help those who are a bit shier than other members to open up more.

What makes for a good activity
At any rate, managers should make sure that the team building activity actually allows people to communicate and gain something from the experience. No one likes to take time when they could be working and spend it on something that won't actually help with bonding. One way to motivate people is to provide them with something productive that they can consider helpful to a community, such as painting a house or working for a habitat for humanity site. By working together, people can learn to trust each other, and even if employees were comfortable with having drinks, actually working on something physically demanding like painting the side of a building will foster a different kind of connection. It would also help if the activity happened somewhere outside the office to emphasize that this is a very different and special day that can't be associated with a regular business schedule.

An example of an easy icebreaker team building event
For people who can't incorporate team building outside the office, there are simple icebreakers people can do to start talking. These events tend to be a bit more structured, so people feel more comfortable opening up in the context of the activity. Successful Meetings, a company specializing in improving meeting performance, recommended doing a Mason jar salad activity, and use it to demonstrate their personality. Just have different food stations, like protein, nuts, and salad ingredients, and let people put the salad into a quart-sized Mason jar. Consider having a contest for the most attractive and well-designed jar.

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