Team Building games for your office.
Here at Vancouver TheatreSports we’ve been fortunate enough to work with many organizations in the area of Team Building, creating healthier work environments while developing teams that laugh together and support each other.
With the increasing use of technology to connect co-workers across distances, we’re often asked to design workshops for teams that spend a good deal of time geographically separated.
(Learn more about our team building sessions – Team Building)
One of the main goals of these workshops is to design an experience that connects the team in a meaningful and lasting way.
But it’s not just groups required to collaborate across distances that we work with. We also facilitate a lot of workshops with teams who work in the same space, but are struggling to effectively communicate, and for many of them, the team members don’t particularly feel supported.
It’s a cliché, sure, but it’s also true. An organization can only make it to the next level when staff can count on each other, value each other’s ideas, contribute in a positive, supportive environment and look for ways to connect and inspire.
The number one factor tied to employee engagement and satisfaction is whether or not they’re connected to their colleagues…that they like the people they work with and truly believe their fellow staffers “have their back”.
A 2017 Employee Engagement Report revealed that only 24% of today’s workforce feel connected to their peers…uh, that’s not good.
While we design sessions to specifically address all the above, there are also a number of quick Team Building games you can organize yourself that are easy and fun.
Team Building Games
Split the team into small groups (groups of four work well) and have everyone find one thing they all have in common. Could be they all have a dog, ran a 10K, saw Black Panther, caught Phish at the Gorge, donated to Covenant House…you get the picture.
Once they’ve found that common thread, ask them to create a list of the traits or qualities of people who share what they all have in common.
Once they’ve done, now the group will take on the qualities, stereotypes and traits they came up with for the rest of the meeting. For example, if you found out that everyone in your group had enjoyed a glass of expensive champagne in the last month, they would play that up, embodying what a person who drinks expensive champagne would act like.
After the meeting, discuss what stereotypes look like. Can they be limiting? silly?
This has a dual purpose. One, each unit has a real team building experience as they try to find out that one common thread they all share. And two, it’s a great way to highlight how relying on stereotypes can impact your inter-personal relationships, your approach to connecting with others, your openness.
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Amazing race – lite Hunt (no really)
Sure it’s a classic, a may even be bordering on a “little tired”, but we’ve seen this pulled off enough times to add it here. It is a great combination of collaboration and creativity within a group.
Split your group into equal teams, hide a bunch of items around your office or outdoor space, create a few challenges, prepare the clues and let them have at it (have some fun with the clues, making them riddles, etc.)
Split the teams into pairs. Have one person share a negative experience with the other (personal or work-related). Then both partners go through the experience, focusing only on the positive aspects, looking for the silver lining (and there is always a silver lining). Then have the other person share an experience and go through the same exercise.
It’s a team-building experience, while also highlighting the importance of reframing negative experiences into learning opportunities.
Good luck with these Team Building games