Team building activities are not a one-size-fits-all kind of activity. You need to remember that there are different types of people that belong to your team, each having their own set of needs, preferences, and learning styles. This is why it’s incredibly important that the exercises chosen cater to as many types of individuals as possible.
Having said that, coming up with a unique team building activity that does that can be quite challenging. Luckily for you, we’re here to help.
Below, you’ll find three unique team building activities that are worth trying out:
1. Back-to-Back Drawing
Taking the “back to the drawing board” phrase literally, exercises involving teams and drawing boards are an excellent way to improve team cohesion and teamwork.
You start by breaking the teams into two or three large groups and designating one member from each team as the drawer. The drawer will then be given a marker, face the board, and be blindfolded, while another member, just standing behind the drawer, will face the group, and act as the informant.
The informant is then given an image and asked to describe it to the drawer, who then draws the image, as their team members try to guess what the image is.
The first team to correctly guess the image wins.
This is a great way to make the team trust each other more while also inducing some childlike nostalgia.
2. Office Trivia
This probably isn’t so much as unique as it is unexpected, but either way, it’s a great team building activity that your team probably won’t expect until the game starts. The best part? It’s quick and easy to do since all you need to do is to come up with a series of (often trivial) questions that are specific to your workplace that lets you try and test just how observant your team is.
Questions can be as simple as the brand of the computer monitors on the office, or who the IT guy is, or even something personal, like what kind of coffee that a particular colleague likes to drink and how does he or she like it ordered.
3. Escape Rooms
Most people wouldn’t think that an escape room is a great way to bond a team, but you’d be surprised. The truth is, escape rooms are perfect for team-building. These immersive puzzle games ask individuals to work together towards a common goal, often requiring them to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Department leaders should take note too. The tension often builds up when in escape rooms, and it makes for an excellent exercise to know how each individual member handle a problematic situation. Learning who has a tendency to panic and who knows how to lead or diffuse a situation can prove to be invaluable information to knowing which team members should be kept an eye on, either for improvement or for their potential to do even better.
When these non-work-related interactions happen, they give your team an opportunity to learn how to work with each other and trust each other better in a more casual setting.
Every one of these, including going to an escape room in Singapore, have the potential to do that, all the while giving you valuable insight regarding your employees.