5 Team Building Activities to Celebrate the End of Financial Year
The success of a company depends on how well its team members work together. It’s no surprise then that more companies are investing in team building to encourage collaboration and teamwork. There are different types of team building activities but the main premise is for a small group to work together to achieve a clear objective.
For some, team building may seem like a pointless exercise. But there’s real research that supports its effectiveness. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis and found that team building has a positive effect on each component of team outcomes. These include goal setting, interpersonal relations, problem solving, and role clarification. The paper provides the strongest scientific evidence yet on the positive impact that team building has.
The bottom line is clear – Team building activities work. But the secret to making them work is to avoid putting employees in awkward or forced positions. Here we’ll look at some of the best team building activities to strengthen interpersonal relations, encourage employee recognition, and increase collaboration.
1. Volunteer For a Charity
The best team building activities are those where everyone can work toward a common goal and feel proud to participate in. Volunteering checks all the boxes. It gives everyone on the team the chance to give back to the community and help those in need. Volunteering doesn’t need to be a long-term commitment as charities and nonprofits are happy for any kind of help. Look for volunteer opportunities nearby that the team can sign up for.
2. Engage in Physical Activities
Physical activities make for great group outings. Those involved can play a game of baseball or compete in a friendly match of bowling. Activities that could potentially result in injuries like rugby should generally be avoided. Be sure to also consider any physical or health conditions of your team members. If the idea of a physical activity receives a lukewarm reception, another alternative is to organise a board game tournament. Those interested can participate or even partner up with someone else.
3. Take a Field Trip
Few things are more fun than exploring the city and discovering something new. Casual trips to a museum or even a sports game are a great way to get everyone together. If the budget allows, charter a bus and grab a meal at a popular spot beforehand. Just be sure to make any bookings in advance. Not sure where to take a field trip? Compile a list of places and send out a survey to everyone. Then choose the place with the most votes.
4. Attend a Professional Workshop
Attend an off-site workshop or conference with the team. Participating gives your employees the opportunity to bond over a learning experience and even develop their professional skills. Workshops that are related to your employees’ jobs are ideal but others that focus on broader topics like leadership can also work. Be sure to book seats in advance and check with everyone’s schedule.
5. Participate in a Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts aren’t just for kids. These classic games are perfect for adults to participate in and are easy to organise. Find a beautiful day and split everyone up into small teams. Then make a list of fun things to find around the area. The first team to find and take pictures of each item wins the game.
Team building activities offer valuable learning experiences. Urban Quest works with companies across Melbourne to create engaging activities that address specific workplace challenges and deliver lasting results. Enquire now to have us design a team building solution for your organisation.