When working together it is always important to ensure that everyone knows and is capable of working with each other. To that end, we have the tradition of team building exercises, created with the aim of encouraging people within a work place to work together and, hopefully, forming strong stronger bonds that can have a positive impact on the work place. The various activities all vary and have different approaches and ideas behind them, yet all principally work towards a similar goal. Rest assured, that team building exercises are not just some harebrained scheme by out-of-touch upper management; it has been shown that such activities do solidify camaraderie amongst work mates. But what activities can be done?
There are a wide selection that you can choose from. If anything, the limits to such events are only limited by your imagination, time and your budget.
Simpler exercises are largely based around garnering trust, encouraging communication and helping everyone to get to know each other, things that are not always easy to do naturally within the workplace. Now doubt you’re already familiar with the oldest of them all -- having people fall backwards while trusting another colleague to catch them before they hit the floor. It’s the only one of course, merely the most iconic. Other such activities can also include “Two Truths and a Lie”, in which everyone writes down three things about themselves, one of which is a small lie. Everyone is then encouraged to quiz each other about their three facts and try to guess which are false.
More complex activities may employ props and other pieces of equipment, with the intention of getting workmates to work together to complete more complex puzzles and goals. For example, everyone could be split into teams of three or four, given a set of mathematical cubes or pieces of Lego, and told to create an object associated with a particular word or phrase, such as “sunshine” or “breakfast”.
If you really want to go all out with team building, you could consider taking the team out for a day performing activities. Paintballing is popular, however not everyone may appreciate traipsing through a muddy forest and being shot at with painful paintballs! More neutral (and hopefully less agonising) activities can include a cooking activity, wherein the party are split up into groups and tasked with creating, to the best of their abilities, a particular dish, which they must then share with everyone else. Such activities are a little less forced, more memorable and have a greater impact for employee morale and relationships.
For more information regarding the culinary type of team building, you could visit the website of Venturi’s Table, which specialises in team building exercises within a kitchen setting. You can also contact them directly by phoning 020 8875 7488.