Nothing engenders efficiency and result delivery like a feeling of connectedness and team culture among workers. As a result, the continued productivity of any company or organization becomes threatened when staff members do not see themselves as members of the same team. If you’ve noticed a disconnectedness among the personnel in your workplace, there’s nothing to worry about. Below, we’ve put together a couple of activities here that will help forge a strong bond among your company staff and keep everyone on the same page.
Planning activities for large groups is always a difficult proposition. When the activities pertain to team bonding, however, things get even more complicated. The reason for this is: because of the size of the group, not all activities will be able to deliver the feeling of connectedness that is required to get co-workers to bond and form profitable relationships—the types that impact productivity in a positive manner.
Luckily for Managers and HR reps, we have put together a list of team bonding activities that are effective for large companies (up to 100 people). Here are some of the best ones:
People who spend most of their waking hours in the office need as much fun as they can get. Yes, they have the weekends free, but after doing their laundry, getting groceries, and visiting friends, the rest of the weekend is used to sleep in preparation for another long and stress-filled week; they hardly have any room for excitement.
Therefore, as an HR rep or Manager, it is important that once in a while, you set aside a day (Friday preferably) for your workers to come into the office and have a fun outing with the same people they work so hard with. This will not only help them let some steam off, partaking with their colleagues also helps create stronger inter-office bonds.
Here are some activities that are exciting as well as beneficial for team building:
If you have a group of workers that are struggling to work effectively with one another, you may need to consider alternative ways to get them to connect/cooperate/bond over non-work related exercises. Below are some problem-solving activities that work well for team building:
If you are looking to help your employees and co-workers relax and have fun without going out of your way or spending too much money, here are some interesting and fun office games for employees:
Sometimes, work gets too monotonous and a little fun is needed to help team members unwind. Team building exercises are a good way to have fun in the office and they have the added advantage of bringing workers together to form a healthy workplace rapport.
According to this article by Huffington Post, performance indicators have shown that teams that work together are more efficient/productive than those that work in isolation. In high-pressure environments and at workplaces where the collective effort of many people with varying skillsets are required, it becomes doubly important that team members work as a unit. A good way to bring team members together and foster a good working relationship between them is through team bonding games and activities.
Here are some team bonding ideas that employers/managers can use to get their workers to connect effectively:
“All work and no play…” is a common saying that alludes to the danger of working all the time without taking a break to relax and have some fun. To avoid the fatigue and inefficiency that comes with incessant working, modern companies have started adopting a schedule that allows their workers to take a rest and play some games to unwind. However, in addition to being fun, there are some office games that have the added advantage of fostering an inter-office relationship between workers.
Here are some very effective yet simple team building games and activities:
Outdoor team building activities hold some advantages over indoor ones: a new environment, the feeling of freedom that comes with being out in the open, and a more extensive list of possible activities. However, there are times when it’s not feasible to organize outdoor events—when there is limited time or the weather is not conducive enough. In cases like these, there is no alternative but to organize an indoor event. Luckily, there are a number of indoor team building activities that bring as much fun (and are as effective) as outdoor games.
New York City is a true haven for small to medium business (and businesses of all sizes, for that matter), and the advantage of living in a city with so many places where to network is that you will be able to find a massive amount of places where to network and host business meetings of all kinds. Whether you want to host your business meeting in a hip Brooklyn restaurant or want to remain right in the hassle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan, there are many opportunities to turn your next team meeting into a truly unforgettable experience.
Roberta’s: Roberta’s is currently one of the most trendy pizza restaurants in NYC, and the vibes are really fun: this isn’t your average NYC slice, but a rather gourmet, Neapolitan-inspired pizza that will blow your mind. The locale is huge and you can book large areas for even the largest meetings.
Courtyard by Marriott: a very upscale place that does not only offers great food and a cozy space, but also amazing facilities such as great free WIFI and a full-scale business center for all of your meeting needs, right in the middle of Manhattan!
Tutus: this cozy bar also serves amazing food, inspired by classic American fare with a southern touch. The restaurant is located in one of Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhood, Bushwick, and it is just a 5 minutes walk away from a mainstream subway line, making it a perfect spot for a meeting. There is a nice large room in the back, which can also be booked for meetings and other special events.
Cipriani: Probably one of the most expensive and well-known restaurants in NYC, this is a great place for anybody looking to impress on a business meeting.
Shake Shack, Madison Square Park: A meeting in a fast food restaurant? Ok, this might sound rather unorthodox, but meeting in the middle of stunning Madison Square Park on a sunny day is absolutely priceless. During the weekdays, you could grab a meal and sit outside with your team, enjoy the energy of a good day for some amazing experiences and for a unique NYC memory.