15 Unique Team Building Activities Your Co-workers Won't Hate

Updated: Dec 25, 2019

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For many of us, work is our home away from home. In fact, a third of our lives will be spent at work. That being said, a huge part of coming into the office isn’t always the tasks themselves, but our beloved colleagues. Seeing familiar faces in the weekly staff meeting, sharing your weekend stories, and discussing the latest Netflix tv shows can all feature prominently in the workplace.

That’s right - office life doesn’t have to be all about the tedious duties and separated cubicles. Over the years, many businesses are slowly moving away from competitive work environments (Think: the traders and brokers in the 2003 film The Wolf of Wall Street) to those which foster collaboration. Writer Annie Dillard notably said:

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

That being said, according to this organizational culture case study, one of the most important factors linked to employee satisfaction is through team activities. No, we’re not referring to holding an egg on a spoon with a blindfold on. Many employees will roll their eyes or try to find a way out of it. However, there are team activities your colleagues will count down the days to. That’s why we rounded up 15 unique team activities that will make boost collaboration, engagement and trust without the eye-rolling.

What is team building and why is it important?

Before we dive into our top picks, it’s important to understand the term ‘team building.’ The main goals of rounding up your crew are to improve productivity, communication and motivation. These fun, yet rewarding exercises encourage creativity, critical thinking and trust. Think of it as a band that plays together to produce a flowing melody.

The first step is to figure out what goals you are trying to achieve with the team building activity. Doug Staneart, president and CEO of The Leaders Institute notes the common misinterpretation of these exercises:

“Most of the time, people asking for these activities aren’t interested in real teamwork building. What they really want is entertainment—something they can use either to break the monotony of more serious meetings or to reward employees.”

When done right though, team building activities can stop being about pure entertainment value and start being the engine behind increased employee productivity and commitment. How so? Well, studies show that trust between your peers is directly related to team effectiveness. The more they feel confident in your business, the more dedicated they will be to their work - and the lower the turnover rate will be.

Read on to begin creating a feeling of togetherness and strong employee culture. A majority of these team building activities can be done on the first day of joining a team, and can be done in a meeting room, open space or a designated place.

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1. Scavenger Hunt

As kids, finding the ‘X’ on a treasure map was pure excitement. For adults, it can be the same, except with a slightly different objective.

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Benefits. Scavenger hunts engage employees, build team spirit, create healthy competition, understand goal-setting and solve problems to overcome challenges - basical