Team building exercises serve an important purpose, but most employees dread participating in them because they feel a bit forced. Look beyond the outdated “trust fall,” and plan a few creative activities that your employees will actually enjoy. By investing a little more time in the planning process, you can rest assured that your employees will rush to the sign-up sheet the next time you rent a meeting room in Houston .
Show and Tell
There are a couple of good reasons why elementary teachers still do show and tell activities. They are an opportunity to develop communication skills, and they help students get to know each other better. In a corporate setting, using show and tell as a team building exercise can be a fun way to encourage group camaraderie, particularly if the company’s workstyle supports creativity. Show and tell tends to work best in small companies, or for individual teams or departments. Ask each attendee to bring in any sort of object they’d like to discuss.
Game Show Activity
Another way to help your employees get to know each other better is to plan an activity that mimics the style of a game show. This works well in companies with multiple departments, as it gives employees a chance to partner up with people they don’t usually interact with. Give each team a buzzer and have them compete to answer whimsical questions about the company and their co-workers. Pick the funniest exec or employee to host the game show, and try to include some healthy, self-deprecating humor when appropriate.
Large corporations with employees from all sorts of diverse backgrounds can include a culture jam in their roster of team building exercises. Invite anyone who wishes to participate to share something about their culture. If you rent a corporate training center with technologically equipped rooms, then some employees may wish to present a slideshow about some aspect of their cultural heritage.
The best gifts are those that come from the heart, and there’s no need to wait for the winter holidays to have your employees participate in a different sort of Secret Santa. One great team building exercise is to write down everyone’s name on a different slip of paper. Each employee will draw a name from a hat, and then write down an anonymous compliment about that person. The slips can be returned to the hat, and read out loud to the group.