Sunday, May 16, 2010

Team Building Ideas

Team building events are a great way to engage employees, encourage cooperation, illustrate the benefits of team synergy, and allow your employees to have some fun. There are tons of great team building ideas out there to choose from, but in case you need some help here are some of the most popular ideas:

Scavenger Hunt

One of the most popular team building ideas, scavenger hunts are a great way to break up long afternoon of lectures, or can be incorporated it into a Friday afternoon fun day. Each team is challenged with finding particular items, or completing specific tasks. A scavenger hunt team building exercise is a great way to get your group out of the office, and encourages cooperation as well as critical thinking.

Amazing Race

Everyone loves this series, and a team building event that is based on the show can really get your employees excited. It is also an excellent way to encourage teams to explore their local surroundings when they are away at a conference. Racing as the clock, teams need to decide which tasks they will complete, and which team members are the strongest competitors for each task. Only by working together will they succeed, and by ensuring huge team member has a chance to shine many will discover new skills.

Advertising Company

Team building ideas that help your employees explore the product or service that they sell can help companies improve their bottom line, while teaching employees valuable team skills. Each team has to come up with a pitch for a product, and incorporate it into a magazine ad, commercial, or other form of marketing. This is a terrific team building idea if your company is marketing a new product.

Sports Day

On the surface this type of activity may seem like pure fun - which is perfect, because your employees won't even know that their learning something. Teams compete against each other in a series of tasks that are designed to challenge the team's ability to work together. By the end of the day everyone has had a lot of fun, and has improved the way they communicate and cooperate.


Besides helping team members work together, an improv session can increase confidence, and enhance all employees' ability to think on their feet. Before they are "on" each team is told what they are expected to do - and they only have a short amount of time to decide how they will go about doing it. The result is pure fun, but educational as well.

Many of these ideas require a lot of planning, as well as props and equipment. For the most part, you will get better value if you hire a team building event company to execute your idea, that way you can participate as well.

By : Angela_Heidt

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