Forging a good bond between people who work together can increase the level of productivity in a workplace. There is a feel-good factor that comes with having a great relationship with your coworkers, and the positivity bodes well for the long-term future of your organization. Sometimes this team ethic is not as strong as you would like, and there is a need to make the effort to build a team out of those that work with you. Here are some practical team building ideas to get you started with your mission.
Volunteer to work with a charity
One of the best ways to improve the level of teamwork between you and your co-workers is by volunteering to do some charity work together. There are likely charity organizations whose goals align with the corporate policy of your company. Plan an event with such bodies and bring everyone along. Distribute the tasks among various individuals or create groups that need to collaborate to achieve a common goal. The experience will give everyone an idea of what each employee has to offer and lead to a more unified team when the event is over.
Participate in a race
There are periodic informal race events around that you can take advantage of by registering your organization and getting all your co-workers to attend. It is a good way to build up fitness, burn some extra calories, and have some fun. Running alongside your superiors, contemporaries, and junior colleagues can give you all something to laugh about and lighten the mood around the office considerably.
Build a campfire
On a relaxed evening, sitting by the fire with your colleagues is another great team building idea to improve the relationship among individuals who work together. It is a laid back setting that is completely unrelated to work and allows everyone to bring out their playful instincts and contribute to interesting discussions without any rules inhibiting the friendly exchange of words. Prepare a barbecue and drinks so that there’s something to munch on as the evening progresses. Encourage your fellow coworkers to air any concerns they have about working together so that it can all be resolved in a friendly and chatty environment.
Go on a scavenger hunt
Get the spirit of adventure into your coworkers with an organized scavenger hunt to unearth some hidden treasures. You can design it around the office and include the items that you work with every single day to add a professional feel to the exercise. Break the employees into groups and encourage each group to work together during the hunt to improve the level of collaboration within the office. Completing these fun tasks together will make workers appreciate their colleagues and build a strong team spirit.
These activities are designed to both inject a lot of much-needed fun into the work environment and to encourage workers to work together in a team. Team unity is the bedrock of productive organizations and ideas like this will make it easier to attain.