Most companies live and die through their employees. The people that make up a business determine the overall success of the company, which means that their overall involvement and investment in operations is crucial, and cannot be underestimated. For this reason, many businesses work hard to create an environment that fosters a real team experience. However, team building is a tricky task. It’s not something that can just happen overnight. Team building takes ideas and dedication. For that reason, it’s worth it to try a variety of different team building exercises in your office, to see what has a real effect on the people that make up your business. Here are some different team building exercises to try in the office…
Try a word-storming exercise
When building a team, it’s important to develop a sense of identity within a business. You’d be surprised, though, how many businesses have employees who don’t really seem to understand the brand of the company. You can help this and have a useful team building experience by bringing everyone together for a word-storming exercise, where each employee submits a series of ideas of singular words that they feel like defines their brand. Here are some tips on how you can put together a word-storming exercise to great effect.
Swap jobs for a day
Cross pollination is an incredibly useful trait that makes a team stronger. When everyone in the team has a clear idea of what another person does, and how their own job impacts the jobs of those around them, then it gives them a clearer idea of where they fit in within the company. For this reason, one fun team building activity is to have several of your employees switch jobs with someone else, whether it is for a full work day (if you can spare that kind of labor time), or even just for an hour or two. When an employee has to experience what another teammate goes through and the challenges they face, it gives them a clearer idea of how they can help them out, and a greater appreciation of what goes on around them.
Start a work book club
Reading a book means that you are sharing in the ideas of the author. When you read a book with a group of people, it can be a very special thing to share in those ideas as a collective entity, so that you have different outlooks and backgrounds to work through those ideas with. Book clubs can be a great way to get a better perspective into the way that your teammates think, since the way that they interpret stories and narratives says a lot about the type of person they are and hope to be. If that all seems a bit too abstract for your team building exercise, it’s also just a lot of fun to read books and talk to people about them, and it seems to bring people closer together.
Take office trips
Everyone on a team has to get up and go to the same place, every day (assuming their job doesn’t require them to travel regularly). For this reason, it feels nice to get out and do something different for a change. Taking an office trip for the day, every now and then, gives employees a day to look forward to where they can get out of the office and experience something else. It’s like a field trip for adults, and who didn’t like field trips, as a kid?
Rally around a cause
Rallying around a cause is something that builds a tremendous bond between teammates within a company. Being a part of something that is larger than the company and the people who work there gives everyone a greater sense of purpose. This could mean doing a charity drive for a specific cause that is close to people within the office, or it could mean brainstorming ideas to make the office more sustainable and green. Either way, having a higher purpose gives people a renewed passion in the business they work for, and turns your company a function that goes beyond just revenue and profit, which makes people feel like they are doing something important.