Team building is a term that we will all be familiar with. It can bring a sense of dread to a team within a workplace, or it can be greeted with excitement. When done well, team building can help to create corporate teams that genuinely trust and like each other. By bringing together different teams collaboratively you can create a stronger, happier work environment with motivated staff and improved processes, standards, and productivity.
What is team building?
Team building is an idea that we are all familiar with. It can be as simple as an ice breaker that gets every single person in a group to introduce themselves (you see that sometimes at work inductions, the first day in a seminar group at universities, or within small groups that meet at conferences.) Other methods of team building include playing games, socialising regularly as a team outside of work, ‘fun’ days such as go-karting or paintballing. Put simply, team building is a way to bring a professional team of people together in a fun and relaxed way.
What is the idea behind team building?
The whole purpose of team building is to create bonds between individuals within a group. After you bring your team members together the goal is to then strengthen those bonds through a range of collaborative activities. There are different types of team building exercises most commonly executed in the workplace and outside of the workplace. Regardless of where you team building events take place, it is the perfect opportunity for your employees to enhance trust, communication, and understanding between each other.
Team building helps to increase the effectiveness of the whole team collectively as they perform tasks and solve problems together. Competitive standards increase and optimal performance can be revealed. We see effective corporate team building as hugely beneficial, after all a solid team that collaborates together is a fundamental key to business success.
Team building makes sense for senior leadership for a number of reasons. In some cases, there might be different teams that never usually have to work together directly. Regardless of this, bringing your company together through team building is a way of boosting morale and installing company goals and ethos. Corporate team building can also help to create a safe space where new ideas and new ways of working can be discussed, tested, and implemented over time. It is fantastic what corporate teams can achieve when brought together.
Why is team building important?
Well-executed team-building events are invaluable. Here are 10 reasons why team building can be so effective;
A core benefit of corporate team building is that it helps to encourage greater productivity within a team that is working towards a common goal. A team that is genuinely connected is more likely to work harder and support each other.
Helps foster better and more effective communication within a group of people. As teammates develop their relationships, they will learn new ways to communicate with each other and learn how to share ideas more effectively.
Collaboration is a key aspect of any successful business. Team building is all about working together towards a common goal, which can be easily transitioned over to a working environment for more effective long-term work productivity.
Morale is always important. A happy, motivated team are more likely to be at the top of their game. A fun teambuilding event goes a long way to improving the happiness and morale of a company collectively.
Collaboration is most successful when there is a solid level of trust amongst your team. Team building activities are often trust-based, this helps improve collaborative problem-solving in the workplace.
Creativity is important within every industry. Encouraging creativity helps different people to view a situation and to “think outside of the box” to overcome challenges. This offers new perspectives that commonly lead to effective solutions.
The greater the number of leaders within a workplace, the better the whole organisation will run. Team-building encourages people to develop leadership qualities and greater confidence. These skills can be utilised over time and help to create a culture of high performers within your organisation.
Identify strengths and weaknesses
Identifying different strengths and weaknesses within your team is important. It helps you to develop bespoke training to help get the best out of your team. In addition to strengths and weaknesses, team building can also teach leadership teams about the personalities of individual team members. This can lead to altered ways of management that prove more effective.
Connect remote teams
In this day and age, where many businesses work either fully remotely or part-remote, teambuilding and corporate events ensure that there is better collaboration and communication between individuals in different locations.
Highlight and prevent issues
It is not uncommon for workplaces to experience disagreements and tensions. Team building can be a great way to come together, iron out differences and solidify relationships all in a fun and relaxed environment.
Different types of team building
The specific type of team-building exercise that you end up putting on will depend on the end goal. There are different types of team building that are each designed to offer something different to the team in question.
Team building is designed to help improve communication between team members or different departments. Establishing communication principles is also a common team-building exercise.
If you have a large group of people, team building can be used to assess different personality types and characteristics in order to build the most effective team.
Physical activities are a fantastic way to get a group of people to bond together in a common cause.
This is a way to build problem-solving skills and to show how working together is the best approach in many situations.
Sometimes it is necessary to teach specific skills to a team through team-building exercises.
Through specific tasks, you can instill specific ideals and company values within your team.
A team that is bonded together through activity is more likely to be effective during the day-to-day.
Virtual team building
Specific tasks related to working with a team that are remotely working in different locations.
Team building for different size groups
A different approach might be required for team building for small groups than large groups.
Indoor or outdoor
The makeup of team building exercises will change significantly should you decide it is an indoor or outdoor pursuit.
15 Different team building ideas
There are so many different ideas for team-building exercises, so we’ll run through a few different options for you.
Create a fantasy league or sports game
A good way to get your staff talking to each other in a fun and competitive way every single week is to create a works Fantasy football league or a different type of competition. We’ve seen success stories in workplaces before where up to 50 people take part in a weekly goal scorer competition where the entry is £1 per person, per week, guess 5 players who you think will score in the Premier League in the upcoming weekend of games, and if any person has all 5 scores, they win the jackpot.
Two truths and one lie
A great ice-breaker game, this can be played in small groups of up to 6 to be most effective and can be played over half an hour. It is a great way to build teamwork and communication and to just have fun and boost connections with each other. The idea is that each person tells two truths and one life, and the other team members must figure out which is the lie.
Build a story
This can work with whatever group size you wish, the larger the group the more challenging and fun the game becomes. It is all about creating good listeners and effective teamwork. The idea is that one person begins a story with one line, for example, “Peter came into work one day and was very excited to meet his new team, he had…” and then it moves to the next person. This next person must repeat the first line and add their own, building a story, promoting creativity and memory skills.
A team puzzle
Take a group of 8 people for this puzzle-making team activity. Print out an image and then cut it into eight perfect squares. The task for each individual member of the group is to draw their personal square to scale. At the end, everyone puts their pieces together to, hopefully, create the whole. It demonstrates the importance each individual member has towards the larger common goal.
Form an order
For groups of up to 20 people, this is a fun collaborative game that relies on honest communication. Each individual is asked to line up along a wall in order of a certain topic. This could in order of height, age, birthday, or any category really. The kicker is, everything must be completed without talking, using only non-verbal communication. This helps to produce leaders and improve all types of communication.
Groups of between 4 and 6 people are given an emergency situation which they must get themselves out of. This could be that they are stranded on a desert island for instance, and they’ll be asked to choose five items from an imaginary list of 10 items. The wider group is split into smaller groups that put together a presentation of how they will use their chosen five items to survive. And the entire group then discuss and choose a winner.
Untangle a human knot
A favourite for team retreats, this is a fun way for team members to come together to solve a problem. Every person in the group is asked to squish as tightly together as possible in a circle, grabbing the hands of people who are not right next to them and creating a large, human knot. The idea is to untangle the entire knot without breaking the chain and every person must keep their hands interlocked. This can cause groans and laughter, a larger Twister-style game that brings people (literally) closer together whilst having fun problem-solving times.
One of the classic team-building exercises, paintballing combines great teamwork, fun, and getting outdoors for some exercise. Mix up teams so that different combinations get to work with each other and have fun, working as a team to beat the opponents by claiming their home base whilst defending their own.
Escape room challenge
Escape rooms are big business these days and might just be the most fun you can have working together as a team to solve a puzzle. There are many different themed escape rooms, from escaping a jail cell to working through different office spaces (which might be too much like your work), or pirate-themed, mad scientist-themed. It can be a lot of fun!
Group cookery classes
Learning new recipes is helpful but going to cookery classes with your colleagues can be a lot of fun. Get messy with the ingredients whilst working through the recipe and learn how to work together in small teams to bring a whole, delicious meal together as one.
Trivia is a lot of fun. Everyone loves a quiz, don’t they? Whether it’s pop culture, history, geography, music, or general knowledge, putting teams together and pitting them against one another is a great idea for a team-building exercise. It is also something that can be regular, creating that ongoing competition.
Start a book club
For the readers in your company, a book club is a great way to get people talking to each other in a different way to how they communicate on a daily basis. Give every person a chance to nominate a book to be read each month, or to place a name of a book in a hat to be drawn each month, so that everyone has a chance to contribute. It helps to engage people in fun, creative, and insightful conversation, and if you include some free snacks and cups of tea and coffee, you’ll be sure to be on to a real winner!
Host a movie night
A regular movie screening gives you the chance to bring people together, to choose different genre of films that keeps things interesting and promotes discussion and creativity. Similar to a book club, this will appeal to different types of employees with the aim of creating a workplace that is fun to be in and finding common ground between different individuals who might otherwise not speak to each other in a work setting.
Many businesses have a social and community arm, aiming to help out charitable organisations within their community. This helps to build a positive brand for the company, but also allows for great team building opportunities, as staff can join events, whether it’s helping feed the homeless or provide warm clothing during the winter time, hosting coffee mornings to raise money for different charities or look at many other types of volunteering opportunities that are out there.
Form a sports league
If your workplace has quite a few sporty, athletic types, you might want to introduce a sports league. This could be a league where your team comes together once a week to play 5-a-side football, tennis, cornhole, or anything that you think is fun and that people will enjoy playing over many weeks and months.
The Chameleon agency specialises in creating events and experiences that engage, inspire and motivate your teams. Team building can take place in the workplace, at large events, at outdoor adventure facilities, or with regular team meals and social events.
If you feel your team would benefit from coming together in a fun collaborative way we can help you organise both internal and external team-building events. We can help you bring your teams together, boost morale, strengthen relationships and create a higher-performing company culture. Contact our events team today.