United we stand and divided we fall, is a thumb rule which applies in all walks of life. But as rules are defied more than they are followed, all of us need a constant reminder about working as a team. This holds especially true in corporate houses, where group effort is more important than individual achievements. Corporate team building events are one way of inculcating a sense of team spirit, leadership and the importance of being a team player amongst your employees. As people come together for the purpose of winning in a fun way, their perspective towards each other change, setting in a renewed verve of teamwork.
Corporate Team Building Activities
The grand sporting event of Olympics, brings together sportsmen from all around the world to compete against each other in the right spirit. Copy the model and basic concept to host Office Olympics. High on energy games, will require the participants to come up with winning strategies, plans and showcase their leadership qualities in a way that is never seen before. You can host games such as swimming competitions, double badminton matches, relay races, football matches and other typical team building games. Towards the end of the games, the participants would have learned the art of bonding, interaction with each player (despite biases), participation and some serious fun!
Take these events outside the office for more fun and frolic. This team building game is a prototype of the actual Amazing Race. The whole idea is to have a treasure hunt all over the city. The clues have to be about the city's history and current affairs. Take away their cell phones, money, cars and all the other frills. Hand them a small budget so that they can use the local transport facilities, reach to their final destination. This is an excellent game to hone communication, leadership, negotiation, strategy skills and the art of managing all of this within strict time frame.
If you are looking for indoor team building games for corporates, then Cluedo fits the bill. Divide the players in five team, with ten members each. Hand a police file stating the facts and inferences about the murder (fake one of course!). The file will also have to state instructions about solving the murder mystery such as time limit, what to do and what not to. The instruction file, will also hand them the first clue to begin solving the murder mystery. Each clue will lead them to another clue, which will eventually help them solve the mystery. The solution to the problem will have to be presented with a logical explanation. This game will help your employees under the basics of project management, problem solving, importance of secrecy within the teams, communication and logic.
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A movie making activity is a great way of motivating your employees to be a part of a creative challenge. Divide all the participants in teams and ask give them a topic to film. Pick slightly abstract topics that affect your work environment and ask each team to make a five minute film on the subject. A film that brings out the point in absolute clarity, will take home the Oscar!
Team events make participants come out of their shells, drop their egos, and play games that are pure fun. These are crucial ingredients of team building that go a long way in building a positive work environment, that learns to take criticism, constructively. Team building games, allow employees to learn new things about their colleagues, which bridges gaps and makes a freeway for communication, making them stand by each other in times of crisis and support one another when needed.