With more and more employees working remotely, team building has never been more important. Remote working is a great perk for employees and can improve work-life balance, but it can also lead to a disconnection from company culture. Prioritizing team building can ensure your employees stay engaged and motivated to work towards common goals.
Here are five team building strategies you can use to strengthen employee bonds.
Show and Tell
Bonds are formed when your team members understand what motivates each other. Ask each of your team members to bring in a special object from home that gives them passion, energy, or joy. Ask the person to explain the item and why it means so much to them. This is a great opportunity for the team members to learn something new about each other or maybe discover a common bond.
Learn Something New
Physical activities can be really fun and engaging team building exercises and when you learn something new together, it’s an added bonus! Consider adding a lesson or class of sorts to your next event. At North Corner Haven, we offer a beekeeping experience, where guests learn how we grow and harvest out honey. They also get to see an observation hive and taste honey straight from the honey cone. A delicious, engaging way to learn something new and share in that with your team!
Explore the Great Outdoors
Whether sitting at a desk in the office or at home, the same work environment day after day can lead to creative stagnation and complacency. A change of scenery can be helpful to spark imagination and give your team the chance to see things from a new perspective. Schedule a team outing like a hike on a local trail or picnic lunch. Even a simple outdoor activity can have substantial benefits.
A scavenger hunt is an activity that can be done indoors or outdoors, and you can structure it in a way to give your team the chance to quickly get to know each other better. Create a list of criteria or personal facts like “someone who has been to Australia” or “someone who speaks more than two languages.” Each team member will spend time moving around the group and asking questions to match another team member with an item on the list. The person who fills out their list fastest is the winner.
Another fun outdoor activity to use as a team building exercise is frisbee toss. For this activity, you’ll need at least ten participants and 15 Nerf frisbees or soft discs. You should have roughly one and a half times the amount of frisbees as you do participants. Instruct the team to begin throwing frisbees around to each other. Create some parameters on how each person earns points, such as a point for hitting a teammate in the leg or arm. Remind them to keep picking up frisbees that land on the ground and continue throwing them.
After several minutes, stop the play and ask if anyone remembered to count their points. Chances are, no one did. Rather than a competition, the game becomes more about enjoying time with teammates.
Adventures at North Corner Haven
Schedule your next team building event at North Corner Haven for an outdoor adventure to bring your team together. Situated on 625 acres of forest and foothills, North Corner Haven provides ample opportunity to explore the outdoors and engage in activities that are fun for the entire team. Contact us today to talk about your next event.