“They often involve boring games and serve bad food, leaving us with a lot of work to catch up on the next day.” Many employees often feel that team-building exercises are dull and uninteresting. However, the primary purpose of team-building events is to create a bond among colleagues.
To make these events worthwhile and enjoyable, they should be fun. If you’re unsure about what fun activities to plan for your employees or if you’ve been assigned to manage a team-building event, here are a few exciting ideas.
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An escape room is exactly what it sounds like – a room where you gather a small group of team members and challenge them to find their way out of a locked situation.
While it may not be as intense as the movie “Escape Room,” it’s a fun activity that brings teammates together. It requires collective intelligence and teamwork to solve the puzzles and pass the test.
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Karaoke Night Team Building
Karaoke night is a fun and engaging way to bring teammates closer and strengthen their bond. Singing has a unique way of bringing people together, so why not give it a try if talking alone isn’t doing the trick?
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Sneak a Peek
One fun team-building activity is called “Sneak a Peak.” To play this game, the members are divided into two teams.
The teams are given blocks to build a structure, which is kept in a separate room. One player from each team is allowed to take a 10-second look at the building. They then return to their team and have 30 seconds to guide their teammates in rebuilding the structure.
Each team has one minute to build according to the given guidelines. The process repeats as another player from each team takes a 10-second sneak peek and guides their team for the next 30 seconds.
This continues until all the members have had a chance to peek at the building. The team that successfully models the structure first wins the game.
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Two truths and a lie
This game is a simple yet effective way for teammates to get to know each other better. All you need to do is gather everyone in a room and instruct them to write two true statements and one false statement about themselves.
Each member takes turns coming forward and reading their list, while the rest of the team tries to identify which statements are true and which one is a lie.
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In this game, the goal is to create an egg package that can protect an uncooked egg from breaking after a drop from 1-4 floors. The package can only be made using balloons, newspapers, tape, and supplement straws for additional support.
Each team has 1-2 hours to complete the task. The team whose package successfully keeps the egg intact after the fall wins the game. Although it can get a little messy, it’s a classic team building activity designed to encourage teamwork and effective communication among the participants.
Human Knot Team Building Game
For this team building activity, divide the employees into groups of 6-12. Tell them to form a circle and face each other. Ask everyone to raise their right hand and grab the hand of someone across the circle.
Next, have them extend their left hand and grab the hand of another person in the circle. Set a timer and challenge them to untangle the “knot” within the given time. The first team to successfully untangle the knot wins the game.
Binds hands and feet
To play this team-building game, gather items such as shoelaces or cloth strips that can be used to tie two people together comfortably. Have all the players form a circle and place the items in the center. Start by tying one person’s wrist to their neighbour’s, and continue until the whole group is joined together.
For the tasks, you can choose based on available resources. Some suggestions include transferring a cup of water from point A to point B, building a train with Legos, and so on. Adding a time limit can make things more exciting. Since the members are physically connected, they need to communicate clearly to accomplish the tasks.
This game helps build relationships within the organization and promotes teamwork among the participants.
Fill the Basket
To set up, prepare a playground with various objects and place a hamper in the center. Divide the members into two groups and have them stand on opposite sides of the playground. Choose one member from each group as a volunteer and blindfold them. Release them into the area to find their team’s objects and place them in the hamper. Since they’re blindfolded, they can’t see or ask questions.
The teammates cannot directly name the objects but must describe them in their own way to help the volunteer reach the hamper.
The group that successfully places their object in the hamper wins the round. You can repeat this process until each member of the group gets a chance to be a volunteer. The team that wins the most rounds is considered the overall winner.
This team-building exercise is a relaxing and bonding outdoor activity. Not everyone on your team may be artists, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a fun time painting together.
This team-building activity is one that allows members to share stories and create a nostalgic atmosphere. Employees can gather in a circle, and reflect on old memories while the warmth of a campfire seeps in, or not.
To ignite the storytelling session, create buzzwords such as “first day at work,” “first crush,” or “unforgettable experience in the current project.” Write these words on notes and stick them to a board divided into two sections.
Each member takes a turn coming forward, sharing their story, and adding their buzzword to the board. Repeat this process until the board is filled with words and stories.