Summer’s coming to an end, and everyone is gearing up for a busy and productive fall. After everyone takes a summer break or is getting back into the swing of things, it’s the perfect time to strengthen your team and the things you can do together. Activities are a great way to build more connections, spark creativity, and increase the level of teamwork throughout all the different parts of your company. Try one of these team building activities soon,
1. Take a Group Trip
A group excursion is always a great way to boost morale and productivity, while have a great time doing so. It’s proven in many studies that doing fun things outside of work increases productivity and efficiency once you’re back in the office, so this is an obvious win-win.
2. Take Personality Tests
Have everyone in the office take the same simple, but informative, personality test. A good one is the true colors test. It’s great to be aware of the differences between people for conflict management and simply relating with others. This way, in a discussion that allows different points of view, you can understand your co-workers response because you know they’re a “purple” for instance.
3. Office Trivia
Come up with a series of questions about your office, that are specific but not oddly difficult. These could include: “What color are the kitchen tiles?” “How many people are in the IT department?” “How many windows are there in the entire office?” “What brand are the computer monitors?” “What month of the year is most common for birthdays among our employees?” Then test your team’s knowledge about the office and everyone who works there.
4. Hello My Name Is
Create a list of adjectives that describe people’s attitudes (e.g. grumpy, happy, negative, fearful, encourager, discourager, positive, joker, etc.). Put these adjectives on “Hello My Name Is” stickers, and have each team member pick one up (without looking at the adjective) and wear it for the duration of a meeting or during a normal work day. Your team will notice through this activity how constricting a certain idea about their attitude can be, and will hopefully tell that behavior and actions often affect feeling, not the other away now. This realization will definitely help with the way the team interacts with each other.
5. Telephone on Paper
You might remember telephone from childhood days, but it’s also super fun to play on paper. Have someone draw a simple drawing on a paper, without telling anyone. Everyone passes the paper to their right. The next person looks at the drawing passed to them, folds the paper in half, and writes what they think the image is of. This continues on as the next person reads the words and draws a picture of that. This game usually brings a lot of laughs and is a great icebreaking activity or a way to re-energize your team.
6. Problem Family Tree
For this activity, you’ll create a family tree of any problems at your office, and hopefully will have a productive experience that will come up with some useful answers. Give each team member a piece of paper. Instruct them to write down, at the top of the sheet, a problem they have at work. Make sure to tell them it shouldn’t be directed at a specific person, but rather about procedure, product, or some other non-human problem they’ve noticed. Then, have them draw two lines under the problem and write two possible causes of this ultimate problem. You can even continue on, and see the how the smallest things can actually affect the problem on a significant level. This can be used just as a realization of causes of certain problems, or can be used to fix the problem if multiple people come up with the same small causes.