Jason Bannon or better known as JB is the Vice President, of Marketing & Communications at Ben Franklin Technology Partners. He is a champion, curator, and scholar of brand characteristics and consumer perceptions in building innovative digital and integrated marketing programs and consumer products. He’s also a hands-on thought leader and team builder for global client and agency teams focused on both brand equity and revenue growth. But what are the best Team Building Activities?
We talk about fashion, and how it relates to being different. Also about community building and going to great lengths about this topic. And, theorize a bit and go down a few rabbit holes. This episode should be replayed in every entrepreneurship or business 101 course in college. JB puts on a clinic to the foundation of why we are in business and how to do it right.
Now, we’re gonna talk about the best team-building activities that everyone will love to join!
The majority of team-building events cause humiliation rather than excitement. The sheer reluctance of your team members to participate in them negates whatever impact they may have.
There are, however, some team-building activities that your employees will love. Some of these will take only a few minutes, while others may take several hours. A few will have an impact on your communication, while others will help you collaborate more effectively.
You’ll need: 20-25 index cards
Time Required: 30 minutes
Group size: Unlimited
Who in your office knows the most about it? Find out by participating in a simple team-building game such as trivia. Consider 20-25 questions on minor elements in your workplace that could otherwise go missed. “Which movie is advertised on the poster in the conference room?” “, “Can you tell me what color the coffee machine is? “, “How many persons in the firm have the name ‘John?'” “, “How many people use Windows computers? ” and so on. This will put your team’s observation abilities to the test and lead to some real belly laughs. Remember not to ask questions like “Who has the biggest nose in the office?” that are too personal and could place a team member in an embarrassing situation. ”.
Picture Pieces Game
You’ll need: pencils, markers, paper, and rulers
Time Required: 30 minutes
The leader must choose a well-known picture or cartoon that is full of detail for this problem-solving game. The image must be divided into as many equal squares as the number of participants in the activity. Each participant should be handed one of the “puzzle pieces” and told to make an exact replica of their puzzle piece five times its original size. They have the challenge of not understanding why or how their effort affects the wider picture.
You’ll need: a whiteboard, sticky notes, markers
Time: 30-45 minutes
Group size: 8-20
On sticky notes, scribble 5-10 job-related words such as “First day at work,” “Teamwork,” “Side projects,” or “Celebrations.” Stick the sticky notes to one side of the whiteboard so that everyone can see them. Next, form a circle with your colleagues and ask a volunteer to peel off a word and relate an experience with it. They can then post it on the opposite side of the whiteboard to indicate the start of a story thread. Others can come up with their own terminology to describe comparable stories. They can write them on the whiteboard to continue the story, or they can use an existing word if nothing comes to mind. The idea is to compile a collection of interconnected tales that will serve as the campfire’s archive.
You’ll need: 1 rope, 1 key, and 5-10 puzzles or clues, depending on how much time you want to spend on the game
Assemble the team in a conference room or other open area and “lock” the door. Select one team member to play the zombie, complete with dead eyes, limbs outstretched, and screaming “braaaaiiinnssss” With 1 foot of leeway, the volunteer zombie will be tied to the rope in the room’s corner. Once the team activity begins, the rope confining the hungry zombie is let out another foot every five minutes. The zombie will soon be able to reach the living team members, who will have to solve a series of puzzles or clues in order to uncover the concealed key that would unlock the door and allow them to go before it’s too late.
You’ll need: 1 packet of construction materials (like card stock, toothpicks, rubber bands, and sticky notes) for each team, an electric fan
Your 4-5-person teams are no longer at your workplace; they’ve been transformed into Arctic adventurers trekking through the freezing tundra! Each team should choose a leader to lead their excursion. When an unexpected storm strikes, the crew must quickly construct an emergency shelter in order to stay alive. However, because both of the team leader’s hands are frostbitten, he or she is unable to physically assist in the construction of the shelter, and the remainder of the team is blinded by snow. Start the timer and distribute construction materials to each team. When the timer runs out, switch on the cold winds on the electric fan to see who created the best shelter to keep them safe.
The Barter Puzzle
You’ll need: puzzles
Time: 60-90 minutes
Group size: 12-20
Do you have any idea how your coworkers come to an agreement when they’re under duress? Allow them to bargain to find out. They should be divided into four or five teams. After that, assign each team a separate jigsaw puzzle of equal difficulty. Explain to them that the puzzles are jumbled up and contain pieces from other puzzles. The goal is to be the first to finish their puzzle while negotiating activities such as trading, exchanging team members, allocating leader responsibilities, and so on. Remember that these measures must be conducted collectively rather than individually. You can spice things up by giving each team a few trading chips with no value ascribed to them. This task, while time-consuming, brings out the best negotiators in each person and gives you a glimpse into how people make judgments.
A cohesive team is more effective, productive, and successful – not to mention happier and more enjoyable to work with! However, team building at work may be difficult, especially when standard team-building activities result in more eye rolls than high-fives among teammates. Workplace team-building activities are the way to go, whether you were hired to put together some team-building efforts or you just think your company needs to get together and do something fun.