When discussing team building, some company heads may be clueless as to where they should begin. Are team exercises merely ballgames or get-togethers that resemble picnics? No, practical events are designed to help improve teamwork and strengthen the skills and ambitions of workers individually.
Companies today do have to invest either time or money in employee retention and Indoor team building activities in particular. This may take management away from regularly scheduled duties, which is why some companies opt to outsource team building to qualified professionals.
Staff members of the hired company can spend time developing strategies, designing training curriculum, their intended results, and other logistics of creating regular events. These activities should also be planned in recurring intervals without compromising on the efficacy.
Indoor team building activities are particularly important to plan for, as outdoor events and field trips may not always be cost-effective or particularly productive. Some of these games might include board games, animation projects, creating puppets, or making collages. Of course, not all companies can afford heavy supplies for these events so they may plan word games and other social activities, including the following suggestions.
Some popular team building events might include communication exercises, since good communication is paramount to business success. One game that takes only half an hour is called “Two Truths and a Lie” and it sees a group of workers introduce themselves one by one by stating their name, two facts about themselves, and one lie. After everyone does this, the group is given a chance to talk to each other and ask questions. During this time, each person is trying to convince the others that the lie he told is the truth, all the while, trying to determine among the other workers what is true and what is false. After the questioning finishes, vote as a group on each person’s statements. Every lies that the individual guesses correctly earns one point, as does fooling people into believing a lie. This is a great game because it allows new co-workers to break the ice while encouraging interaction and deeper communication.
Another game is called “Highlights”, and it involves each person closing their eyes and remembering the best highlights of their lives. These are usually memories involving family and friends, milestones in career, personal discovery or exciting adventures. After reflecting back and choosing the main highlights, the team leader interviews each person about their “30-second reel” of life highlights. Each employee and manager explains why these highlights were selected. The goal is for everyone to understand each other’s motivations, passions and uniqueness.
Another game is called “Create a Fake Problem” and it’s a bit of a clandestine game, used to measure the creativity of workers. The leader claims that he can’t think of any problem-solving activity, even though it was on the agenda. He assigns small groups to come up with their problem solving activity, and they present their ideas. This shows which employees have initiative and creative skills.
These special events allow companies to study their employees, all the while motivating them to reach out, and inspire them to grow with the company. Through these activities, corporate personnel can stop problems with employee relations, develop stronger teams, and create a spirit of loyalty and camaraderie in the office.