Happy New Year! Are you starting to think about team building in 2019?
In offices where there are more adult-aged employees or a near-equal mix of youth and adults, it may be important to organize games that are fun for the adults as well as the young employees. For example, 50-year-olds may not find so much excitement in games like “helium stick” or “silent circle”; these pose too much physical toll and over time, they may get bored.
Here are some ideas for fun group activities that adults (and everyone else, really) can enjoy:
Your teams need frequent changes to their environment. Especially if they are stuck in a office or cubicle all day. Don’t be afraid to mix things up. Encourage your teams to ditch their desks or give them the option from working from home or a coffee shop. The difference you’ll see in work ethic and team morale will be totally worth it.
Here are 6 reasons why getting your teams outside and out of the office is awesome for business – and employee happiness.
New environments inspire creativity.
Out-of-the-office activities encourage team building.
Flexibility and choice of our work environments boosts productivity.
New ideas and interesting places can help spark better ideas.
Field trips, scavenger hunts, team adventures are just fun! They will encourage laughs and boost morale.
Ditching the office can make teams happier and get them excited!
Your teams deserve awesome rewards for their hard work! Do fun activities outside the office as groups or give them some flexibility to find out what works for them.
Icebreakers have a bad reputation for being stuffy and stressful. But when you have an early meeting or a conference call with a diverse group of employees, a simple icebreaker question can get the energy flowing. Rethink the traditional icebreaker. Develop questions that keep your teams relaxed but also inspire them to share things about themselves. A great icebreaker is not only relevant but requires people to share meaningful answers.
Here are 5 awesome icebreakers to help get your team chatting!
- If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be? This question may sound superficial but it will give team members insight into what their coworkers enjoy outside of work.
- If you had to try out for a reality TV show, which one would you choose and why? Pop culture questions are fun. They get people laughing and connecting. Plus, you can learn a lot about a person from the type of reality TV they like.
- Who is the better businessman or business woman and why? Timberlake or Justin Bieber? Modify this question to fit your industry or the department you are working with. There may be critical thinking involved, but the veil of humour makes it fun.
- What was the worst job you ever had? A basic but personal question. Background information like work history helps teams understand one another. If two people had the same job, it will help boost camaraderie!
- What would your superpower be and why? Everyone loves a good superpower. A fun but insightful icebreaker, this question inspires teams to share what they value in a relaxed way.
The greatest thing about icebreaker questions is that they involve zero planning! Keep a list of icebreakers on hand. Use them to welcome new employees, boost morale mid-day, or start a stressful meeting.