Team building exercises are excellent for improving morale of both the individuals and the group as a whole. Check out these activities for your workplace.
Corporate team building events can be an absolute nightmare, many of us can’t even hear the words “team building” in the same sentence as “work colleagues” without feeling a jolt of fear. This prevailing negative attitude towards team building in the workplace is largely due to the fact that such events are often run poorly. The usual order of things is: first word comes down from corporate that some corporate team building is required, the middle management are then tasked with overseeing it and put in the bare minimum amount of work. Consequently, the resulting activities are uninspired, and the participants ultimately come away from it feeling no more at ease with one another than before.
When team building exercises are done right, however, they are an excellent way to improve the morale of both the individuals and the group as a whole. Below we have collected some examples of the most effective, and most enjoyable, outdoor team building activities to help build morale amongst the workforce in your workplace. Whether you are a manager looking for something to help bring the morale of your team up, or you have been asked to devise a set of team building exercises to help you bond with your colleagues, these exercises make for an excellent starting point.
Blindfold activities are a really great way of fostering a sense of camaraderie and teamwork amongst colleagues. As the name implies, blindfold mazes are activities where one person is blindfolded and unable to see; they are therefore dependent on another person to be their eyes and to direct them. In the case of a blindfold maze the team are divided into pairs, one of the pair is blindfolded, and the other is responsible for directing them through a pre-built maze.
Camping trips are an excellent opportunity for co-workers to get to know one another. Being in the great outdoors doesn’t necessarily require that all members of the team work together all the time, however it does require that they all live in close proximity and with shared responsibilities, which in itself encourages teamwork and cooperation.
While camping in the outdoors, there are any number of opportunities to initiate further team building and morale boosting exercises. Depending on how confident the members of your team feel in their own abilities, you could organize a camping trip where the group are required to be self-sufficient. Check out for all your outdoor and camping equipment needs.
These are a range of activities which are excellent for promoting good communication and teamwork amongst your team. The human knot has been a popular ice breaker for some time as not only do participants need to communicate with one another and work together, they are also required to be in close physical proximity.
The Photo Finish
This is a fun activity which sounds remarkably easy, but in fact provides an excellent challenge. Essentially, participants are required to step over a finish line at exactly the same time, one member of the team needs to take the photo which shows this happening.
The four activities listed above are just some of the great morale boosting and team building exercises that you can use to inspire your team and bring them closer together.