Unless you hire your close circle of friends as your employees, you’ll need to take an active role in making sure that the team of strangers you’ve hired stays motivated and focused on your company’s goals. Team-building activities are a great way to get people who don’t know each other all that well on the same page. To keep morale high, consider organizing easy and fun activities at the office or put together more elaborate team-building activities for when you’re team’s off-site, like when you’re at a retreat.
What’s on Your Desk
You need to gauge the creativity of your team members. Split your employees into pairs or teams, and have them run and get a random item from one of the pair or team member’s desks; don’t tell them why they’re getting the item at first. Then, with a timer set for a short period of time maybe 30 minutes or so have each pair or team create a logo, slogan, and marketing plan for the item. First of all, your staffers will have fun grappling with the mundane items they’ve picked up from their desks, like staplers and pencils, but they’ll also have fun coming up with creative and innovative approaches to getting the task done. You can boost morale by giving a prize for the best marketing campaign, or give prizes to every pair or team that gets the job done within the time frame.
Two Truths and a Lie
Excellent communication is key to keeping morale high in the workplace, and this game is a fun way to get your staffers talking to one another. You can also use the game as an icebreaker. At the start of a gathering, such as a breakfast meeting, give each staffer three pieces of paper. They’ll write two truths about themselves and one lie, fold the pieces of paper and put them in a basket. After that, your staffers can mingle over coffee and to find out more about what each others truths and lies. Bring the team back together after mingling, and read the truths and lies out loud. You can give points or prizes to the people who get the most truths and lies right about their co-workers. The added benefit of this game is that has the power to reveal things team members have in common, which can help them bond.
Scavenger hunts work well as warm up activities for off-site retreats, especially for team members that don’t really want to be there. Consider making a list of goofy things and goals your staffers need to find or accomplish, such as taking a selfie with a random person wearing something blue and finding an object that looks like an egg. The more goofy the list, the more fun your team will have participating in the activity. Split your staffers into teams to find the items. You can make the scavenger hunt even more memorable by giving away goofy prizes, too. The point here is to get your team laughing and having fun while working together.
Lego construction is actually a more complex activity that encourages your team members to think and strategize together. Morale typically is higher when teams members better understand how each other thinks. Use Lego bricks to create a complex structure. Display it at the front of the room. Them, split your staffers into teams and allow one person from each team to examine the structure up close, but they can’t take notes. From memory, they’ll help their team members recreate the structure. Consider awarding a prize to the team that gets the structure right. In real life, your team will do similar activities to win business from clients.
Other Team-Building Activities
Games work great when it comes to boosting team morale, but other activities can help build team spirit, too. For example, if your team is into a certain sports team, head out to a local sports bar together to catch a game to get to know one other better. Budget permitting, you might be able to get a great group rate on tickets and head out to the arena, stadium, or ballpark as a group that way, you can build team spirit and boost morale while you spend a little time cheering for your favorite athletes. You might also consider organizing a potluck meal. You can make a potluck dinner a team-building activity adding twists, like organizing teams and limiting the budget or ingredients to encourage creativity. Volunteering together, such as at a homeless homeless shelter, is another great way to boost team morale. Your team needs to be engaged and enthusiastic to help you achieve your business goals. Doing team building exercises regularly is a very effective way to keep everyone on the same page.