A team that trusts each other and values each member’s own individual insight is key to your success in the workplace. However, it can be difficult to automatically generate teamwork and collaboration amongst a group of people who may not organically come together. As such, team building events are essential for building trust and friendship amongst your team so that they come to rely on each other and work better together. Here are four activities that you could try for your next team building event.
1. Virtual chocolate tastings
Chocolate tastings are a great alternative to wine tastings events: there are many intricate flavor notes for you to explore with the help of a chocolatier, but without the booziness of alcohol. It also makes a great virtual event, enabling you to connect with members of your team who live further afield and work remotely. Attendees will be sent a box of chocolates ahead of the event – just make sure you remind people to resist them until the actual tasting! Visit dallmannconfections.com to find out more about corporate chocolate tasting events online.
2. Escape room
For a team building event that exercises your colleagues’ problem solving and collaborative skills, while also providing a sense of adventure and excitement, you could try an escape room in your local area or online. Escape rooms are an immersive adventure game, in which you and your team are locked in the playroom and have to break out in a limited time frame, usually 60 minutes. Escape rooms are usually themed to add to the experience; you could be escaping from an Egyptian pyramid, creepy castle, or gritty prison. Escaping involves solving puzzles and challenges, which strengths your team’s core skillset for working together effectively, including effective communication, logical thinking, and collaboration.
3. Assault course
Completing an assault course is a great way to build trust amongst your team and let off some steam in the great outdoors. They provide physical challenges to foster teamwork and exercise critical thinking and collaborative skills as well as your body. When organizing an assault course team building event, remember to consider the fitness levels of each member of your team and any physical limitations a person may have. You may otherwise find that your event is counterproductive if people find it too difficult to complete or have to sit out. However, there are assault courses available to suit most fitness levels, from fun inflatable games to intense military style training courses.
4. Have a drink after work
Perhaps one of the simplest team building events you can do is to go for a few beers after work. This will allow you to get to know each other on a more personal level away from the corporate environment, and to decompress after a particularly stressful workday. Choose a bar that is close to your office, or you could take it one step further and book a table at a nice restaurant.