There is no “I” in “team,” an adage we have all heard since before we can remember. As simple of a saying as it is, a team is truly built on foundations of the trust, cooperation, and dedication of its constituents. One of the best ways to ensure that your team is rock solid when it comes to achieving these qualities is to complete some corporate team building activities throughout the year. Using simple materials such as a whiteboard, dry erase markers, and any open space available, your organization can stretch the imagination, have some fun, and come away with a team that is stronger than before.
Desert Island Survival
This one is a classic among corporate team building activities. Desert island survival requires teammates to communicate with each other while discussing their individual and group values, skills, and strengths. Split up your coworkers into teams of about five, and then tell each group to imagine that they have just survived an airplane crash and that there is a desert island nearby, but that there is a catch: all five people can fit in the lifeboat, but there is only room for 10 items. Then, provide each team with the same list of approximately 20 items that they can opt to bring in the lifeboat with them. Items on the list can range from serious, like a flashlight, to funny, like liquor. Ask teams to discuss among themselves what they would bring and why.
Two Truths and a Lie
Among all of the corporate team building activities, two truths and a lie is one of the most productive when it comes to increasing communication and trust among teammates. This is a great corporate team building activity because it is optional to split up into teams. Participating as one big group is one way for everyone to get to know each other better, especially if some group members are shy when it comes to initiating conversation in the workplace. Although the name is self-explanatory, participants tell two truths about themselves and one lie. The more extreme all three are, the better (so long as appropriateness is maintained)! The rest of the group then tries to guess which statement is the lie. Let the hilarity and funny stories ensue!
It is important to look at your coworkers as a support system, and this is a corporate team building activity that will tangibly illustrate that principle. Pair up employees strategically; this can mean that two employees who do not know each other well get paired up, or two coworkers who have trouble communicating become a duo for this activity. Have partners stand with their arms outstretched in front of them, with their palms touching their partner’s. At a designated time interval, say 10 seconds, have partners take a step backward as they brace each other against the other’s palms, creating a human bridge. The further back the partners step, the harder it will be to maintain this position. Lots of laughter is sure to come from this exercise, as will bragging rights for the last team standing!
Blindfold Rope Square
It is time to build up trust among coworkers. Corporate team building activities should always provide elements of trust and communication, and the blindfold rope square does both! Split your party up into groups of four or five, and provide each group with blindfolds for every member, and a piece of rope that is decently long (three feet or longer… you have a lot of people who will be vying for the rope!). Before putting on the blindfolds, have group members sit in a circle on the floor with the rope set in the center. Have everyone put on the blindfolds, and then through superior trust and communication skills, see if each group can create a square shape with the rope. This is a best as a timed activity; allot approximately 15-20 minutes for the whole event.
Corporate team building activities can be the difference between a successful quarter and a flat one. At OFFSITE, many of our clients use our space for meeting preparedness and meeting fun. You can learn more team building activities by working with our event planners. Incorporating any of these activities into a meeting is sure to leave your company departing the event with some new friends and, most importantly, a newfound faith in their team of coworkers.