Organize team-building events that won't cause a company-wide eye roll
Updated on September 21, 2018
Looking for ways to boost office morale, encourage collaboration and raise your employee net promoter score? Tired of hearing groans throughout the office from less-than-excited employees over suggested team-building exercises? You came to the right place.
Team building is more than a optional investment, it's crucial for the success of your company. Your team is your most valuable asset and there's a great team behind every great product or service.
Try these five team-building events at your company and watch your team bond and your employee net promoter score go up!
Hubspot uses mystery dinners to give employees a fun night out to eat and get to know coworkers they woudn't normally interact with in the every day.
Here's how it works:
Employees are put into groups (mystery groups) and given a date and time for dinner. On the day of the event, they're told which restaurant to meet at and who will be joining them—all paid for by the company, of course.
Office trivia serves a multitude of functions. It helps break the ice for new employees, resolves conflict between employees that don't get along and encourages teamwork and camaraderie. Plus, trivia gives you the opportunity to introduce prizes for the winning team. Team building is that much more effective when the same team is working together week after week to win the prize!
Look into the paint class offerings in your city or town–most large cities have a chain like Paint Nite or Painting with a Twist. Get the team out for an activity that gets creative juices flowing and gives everyone a totally different atmosphere from the workplace to hang out, joke and get to know each other. People need to know they are in a place they can let loose and get to know their teammates as friends, not just coworkers.
A kickball league is one of the best ways to bring fun into the workplace. Not only does it strengthen the team, but it gets employees exercising and meeting outside the office consistently. Anyone who's worked for a company with a kickball or other sports league will agree that no one thinks of it as work or a hassle. Everyone looks forward to the weekly game and often even the families of players bring the kids and watch with snacks and drinks.
Volunteer work takes more effort than other team-building exercises but it's well worth the extra effort. While you can choose any cause, it's best if it's somehow related to your business.
First, you'll need to identify a cause. Once you've coordinated with the cause or organization and set a timeline and schedule, you'll need to make a plan with your team of who will do what. This kind of team building exercise is rewarding in all the previous ways mentioned, plus gives gratification from helping a cause in need.
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