Team Building Activities:

The Definitive Guide (40+ Ideas & Instructions)


Time and time again we’ve seen the importance of teamwork. Teams that work well together are simply more effective, more productive, and more successful than those that don’t have those bonds of trust and cohesiveness with one another.

Which is why you’re going to love this mega guide of the best team building activities guaranteed to bring everyone together.

We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to, with this guide you’ll never be at a loss as to what team building activity you should be holding next. Improve your organizational culture, foster better communication, and strengthen cooperation with this ultimate list of team building activities.

Team Building Activities

Introduction

Whether you’re a small business or a multinational conglomerate, the most important resource any business has in their arsenal are the people that work for them. But, more important than hiring rockstars and A-players is making sure that you have a team that can work well together.

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

As is already fairly obvious from the name, team building exercises are designed to help form those bonds of trust, co-operation and communication that are essential building blocks in every high-performing team.

Almost universally, business leaders and managers alike have identified how improving the teamwork amongst their employees leads to direct improvements in business results and profitability. With multiple research studies concluding that team building activities not only improve teamwork but also enhances overall team performance.

Chapter 1

Outdoor Team Building Activities

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One of the best ways to get everyone to start bonding and getting to know each other on a personal level is to provide a change in scenery. When we constantly see someone is the exact same context and situation every single time, it’s very easy to fall into the mindset that the person is defined solely by their role and responsibilities.

Just think of the first time you saw a teacher outside of school and were utterly shocked that they actually had a life outside of school grounds.

With this in mind, here are some fun team building games for the great outdoors.

1. Egg drop

Objective: Creative Problem Solving & Improving Collaboration

Duration: 20 to 30 minutes

How to play:
Everyone loves throwing stuff out of a building, if they say they aren’t interested then they’re a liar. A schoolyard classic, this is a fun game that tests everyone’s problem-solving and collaborative skills, and you get to throw things off the roof!

Prepare by gathering a carton of eggs and simple building materials like newspapers, balloons, string, cardboard, masking tape, styrofoam etc. Once you have everything, divide everyone into small groups of three to five people and evenly distribute the materials to every group.

The challenge is for every group to construct a carrier in 20 to 30 minutes that’ll allow for an egg to be dropped off the roof of the building (or a two-story window if you work in a skyscraper) without breaking. Make sure you avoid this activity on a hot day as no one enjoys the smell of rotting egg in the parking lot.

2. Team sports

Objective: Communication Skills, Team Bonding, Confidence Building & Improving Collaboration

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

How to play:
One of the simplest and most straightforward team building activities out there is playing a sport together. Whether it’s indoor soccer, volleyball or even dragonboat racing, a little friendly competition and physical activity is a great way of encouraging communication and collaboration between your great team members. All you really need is a large enough space to play your sport of choice and it’s game on.

Make sure you take into consideration the type of sport you choose, as well as the physical abilities and personalities of your group. Some people who are aren’t naturally athletic might feel at risk of feeling embarrassed or humiliated, and others who are extremely competitive can make it uncomfortable for everyone involved.

3. Charity events/social work

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: Anywhere between a couple of hours to a couple of weeks

How to play:
Supporting a charitable cause is not only good for the community, but studies have shown that acts of charity provide a variety of benefits to the individual. Getting everyone together to volunteer at a local charity together is a great way to give your team the opportunity to give back and learn more about each other in the process. Whether it’s spending a few hours at a soup kitchen, helping out a nonprofit, or reading to kids at a hospital, volunteering not only helps your team feel more connected with each other but to their community as well.

To help you look for volunteering work that you and your team can get behind, make sure to check out sites like Idealist, All for Good, VolunteerMatch and Catchafire.

4. Scavenger hunts

Objective: Team Bonding, Improving Collaboration & Creative Problem Solving

Duration: 2 to 6 hours

How to play:
Another classic team building activity, depending on the size of your team and the resources at hand, you can create a simple scavenger hunt around the office or go all out and get your team exploring the entire city!

A very simple way to hold a scavenger hunt is to divide everyone into small groups and give them a list of random objects that they have to take a picture of. You can make it even more engaging by throwing in a few extra mini-games or objectives that people have to complete like solving a riddle, answering some office trivia, or even get high-tech with geocaching!

5. Team tic-tac-toe

Objective: Improving Collaboration, Decision Making, Confidence Building & Communication Skills

Duration: 15 to 30 minutes

How to play:
Often used as a warm-up drill for sports teams around the world, this activity also has the side benefit of being an excellent team building game that gives everyone a chance to shine while working together as a team.

All you need is are eight bean bags in two distinct colors, and nine cones or hoops. Divide everyone into two equal lines and set up the cones in a three-by-three grid a few yards away from the players, you might need to set up another two cones so people know where the “starting line” is.

The objective is to play a game a team game of tic-tac-toe by each player placing their team’s respective bean bag on the cone. The first player at the start of the line runs up to the cones and places a bean bag and then runs back and tags the next person in line who places their bean bag, and so on so forth with the game-ending until one team wins.

Run as many rounds of this game as you’d like and feel free to mix it up by adding in an extra challenge like having to dribble a soccer ball for example.

6. Hole in many

Objective: Communication Skills & Improving Collaboration

Duration: 30 minutes

How to play:
A very simple team building activity that can involve up to a dozen people, this game involves getting a large tarp with multiple holes cut out in the middle and a tennis ball.

Instruct everybody to grab a corner of the tarp and stretch it out between them so everyone is in a circle, then place the tennis ball in the middle of the tarp. The aim of the game is to keep the tennis ball from falling through any of the halls for as long as possible. This is a great game that requires everyone to effectively communicate with each other in order to win.

To make it even more challenging, you can cut a few more holes in the tarp or add a few more tennis balls as the time limit goes by.

Chapter 2:

Corporate Team Building Activities

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Building the right corporate culture always begins with how engaged employees are with each other and to the mission and values of the brand. However, it can be difficult to foster those bonds of trust and engagement between employees when everyone is caught up in their own silos.

The great news is that with the right team building activity you’ll be able to encourage a level of interaction that otherwise wouldn’t happen and remind everyone that they’re all on the same team.

Check out the following team building activities to give your corporate culture the shot in the arm it needs.

7. Baby photos

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

How to play:
A super simple game, this team building activity is guaranteed to get everyone to learn a bit more about each other and feel closer as a result.

A week or two in advance, ask everyone to bring in a photo of themselves when they were a baby or a child or to send through a digital copy. Once you have all the photos, put all of them up onto a big board for everyone to see.

Then you can play a trivia style game where everyone has to guess which photo belongs to which team member, with the winner being whoever has the most correct guesses.

8. Who is it?

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 45 minutes

How to play:
A unique psychological quirk we all have is that the more you know about another person the more likely you are to develop a sense of trust and connection to them. Help your team members get to know each other beyond their roles and responsibilities at work by playing this quick and easy team building activity.

Have everyone write a fun little-known fact about themselves (the crazier the better) on a piece of paper and place it in a box or hat. Every secret is then pulled out of the box and read aloud, with everyone having to guess 'my name' who they think each fact belongs to.

9. Human bingo

Objective: Team Bonding, Communication Skills & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 30 minutes to 2 hours

How to play:
If you have at least a couple dozen people in your group, then this is a party game that can easily involve everyone and while encouraging everybody to learn a bit more about each other.

Human bingo works by giving everyone a sheet of paper with a five-by-five table that has a random fact or characteristic written inside each box. Everyone then has to go around the room and collect the signatures of people that match the facts they have. Encourage even more interaction between people by making it so that they can only collect one signature per person.

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10. Nerf battle royale

Objective: Creative Problem Solving Skills, Communication Skills, Team Bonding & Improving Collaboration

Duration: 30 minutes to 4 hours

How to play:
If you happen to work out of a large office building, transform your workplace into a battleground and your employees into soldiers by arming them with an endless array of Nerf guns. You can play a variety of games like “Capture the Flag”, “Protect the President” or “Assassins” to encourage any variety of skills like communication, collaboration and even problem solving!

Of course you’ll be spending the next year picking out Nerf bullets out from behind desks, chairs and hidden away in drawers, but you’ll be hard pressed to have a more fun time in the workplace.

11. The buddy system

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 20 to 30 minutes

How to play:
A great way to onboard new hires and immediately make them feel supported in the workplace is to take a page out of Culture Amp’s book with their “buddy system.” This is a simple activity that’s incredibly easy to organize, but goes a long way in building a company culture that brings out the best in everyone.

It works by asking senior leaders and managers within the company to volunteer some of their time to be a buddy to new hires. New hires are randomly paired up with a volunteer and between the two they’ll arrange a time that works for the both of them to catch up and meet with one another for something simple like coffee or lunch.

This gives new hires the chance to quickly build relationships within the company and learn more about the company culture itself and its values. While also giving the senior management the ability to learn about their growing team and potentially even provide mentorship and guidance.

Chapter 3:

Simple Team Building Activities

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For large, well-established organizations it’s not uncommon for them to fly out their whole team to some exotic location and have them spend the day doing trust falls and juice cleanses on the beach. But, sometimes less is more, especially in the cases where you’re not in the mood to spend a whole heap of time and money on lavish team building events.

Keep it simple with the following team building events where, despite their simplicity, they’re guaranteed to help teams of all shapes and sizes start bonding.

12. Two truths and one lie

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 10 to 45 minutes

How to play:
Everyone gets up in a group and introduces themselves by telling two real and one made-up fact about themselves. Then it’s the rest of the group’s job to try and figure out which two are the truths and which one is the lie.

13. First/Worst job

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 10 to 45 minutes

How to play:
Everyone remembers their very first job and the absolute worst job they ever had. Give everybody a moment to think about and present to the group what the most important lessons they learnt from that job. This is an excellent way for people to learn more about each other and get a better grasp of who they are as people.

14. 10 things in common

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 10 to 30 minutes

How to play:
Beyond simply working at the same place, there are so many things that people have in common with their colleagues that they simply don’t know about. This team building activity is designed precisely to have coworkers discover more about each other and, as a result, feel more connected.

Begin by breaking everyone into small teams of three or four and challenge them to find 10 things that they have in common that aren’t immediately obvious. For example, the fact that everyone is a human doesn’t count. This encourages everybody to learn more about each other’s interests, their personal lives and acknowledge the similarities they all share.

15. Trivia ball

Objective: Team Bonding & Confidence Building

Duration: 10 to 20 minutes

How to play:
Before you pick a topic that you’re confident that everyone knows like “Action movies” or “Did you know facts” for example. From there, gather everyone in a circle or perfect square and have them throw a ball at each other. Whoever has the ball is given a few seconds to name something that nobody else has mentioned before. While simple, this team building game encourages quick-thinking and is a fun way to learn more about each other's interests.

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16. Potluck

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 1 to 4 hours

How to play:
You can learn a lot about a person based on what kind of food they like to eat and cook. An office party staple, potluck involves having everyone bring in a dish that they’ve cooked themselves and you end up with a diverse and delicious feast.

Make it easier on everyone by giving your potluck a theme, like asking them to bring in a dish that their parents made a lot or recommending a few cookbooks that everyone can pick a recipe from. Keep in mind what everyone’s comfort level is with cooking, for those who are more at home with making cup noodles over salt-baked fish then you can ask them to handle drinks or to bring in simple dishes like salads or veggies.

Just follow these few simple rules and you’ll have yourself a potluck party that everybody will enjoy.

17. Happy hour

Objective: Team Bonding

Duration: 1 to 3 hours

How to play:
Sometimes you don’t need to host big fancy events or sweat-inducing games to get everyone bonding. Sometimes all you need is to take everyone out to the local watering hole and buy everybody a few rounds.

Make your office happy hour more unique by holding a wine or whiskey tasting class, or make it a more chill event by setting up something like a ping pong table or a game of foosball so that people have something to do other than stand around and drink. Heck, combine happy hour with any number of team building activities that we’ve listed in this guide to give it that extra boost.

Chapter 4:

Quick Team Building Activities

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Not all team building activities have to be these long drawn-out affairs that take up a large toxic waste amount of time. For the times where you’re just looking to give everyone a quick break from work and just shake up the monotony a little, then you here are several quick and easy team building activities that all take no longer than 30 minutes to do.

18. This or that

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 5 to 15 minutes

How to play:
A great icebreaker, this classic game that gets people talking about themselves and learning more about the people they work with. The most straightforward way to play this game is to simply go through a few rounds where everyone has to choose what they would prefer between two given options.

You can make it even more engaging by playing variations of this game, like pairing people up and having one person try to guess what the other’s preference would be before they answer.

19. Bucket list

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 10 to 30 minutes

How to play:
One of the best ways you can learn more about another person is to ask them what’s on their bucket list. Even if they haven’t had a chance to create a formal list beforehand, it can be fascinating to listen to them think out loud about what they would like to do or achieve. Asking this question can reveal so much about what the other person’s hopes and dreams are, what it is that motivates them, and how all of it informs their personality and the kind of person they are today.

20. Show and tell

Objective: Get To Know One Another & Confidence Building

Duration: 10 to 30 minutes

How to play:
Yes, you read that right, we’re taking this all the way back to grade school. Set aside a time once a week to hold a regular show and tell session where two to three people are assigned to bring something from home and tell everyone else the story behind that object. Even if the person doesn’t own that object, or it happens to be too big to bring into work, ask them to draw a picture of it.

You can make this more interesting by giving your show and tell a theme like “Something that motivates you” or “What best represents your leadership style?”

While this might be a little cheesy and awkward at the start, this is an extraordinary team building activity that helps the presenter build their own confidence by sharing a personal story, and allows the audience to learn more about their fellow team members.

21. Office pen pals

Objective: Team Bonding & Communication Skills

Duration: 10 to 30 minutes

How to play:
Bring back the lost art of writing by assigning everyone in the office a pen pal buddy. Studies have shown that the simple act of handwriting provides a number of benefits to our brain from improving our memory, sparking creativity and even fostering a more positive mindset.

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22. Word association

Objective: Communication Skills

Duration: 5 to 15 minutes

How to play:
Whether you’re trying to get everyone into the right mindset of a meeting, or giving them a mental break by having them think of something random, the one-word word association game is as helpful as it is versatile. All you need to do is give a simple prompt and ask everyone to share one word that they strongly associate with it and why.

23. Say name backwards

Objective: Team Bonding

Duration: 5 to 10 minutes

How to play:
It really doesn’t get any more quick and easy than this particular team building game. This activity is particularly useful if you have a new team that is meeting for the first time and don’t really know each other yet.

As is fairly obvious from the name of the game, simply ask everyone to introduce themselves by saying their name backwards. Team members then have to guess what each other’s names actually are and besides injecting a little humor into your standard introduction, you’ll find that it’s a lot easier to remember someone else’s name if you heard it backwards first.

Chapter 5:

Team Building Activities for Small Groups

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According to business coach Dr. Carl Robinson, one of the most important aspects of any high-performing team is that each individual is able to feel like safely offer their opinions, challenge one another, and, most importantly, give each other praise. This can be difficult to do when you’re in a large group and it can be easy to feel like you’re another face in the crowd.

But with a small group, you can encourage a level of interaction and engagement that would be impossible to achieve if you had a dozen or more people together. To quickly create that sense of familiarity and cohesion within your team, try out these following team building activities designed specifically for smaller teams.

24. Who am I?

Objective: Communication Skills & Team Bonding

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

How to play:
If you’ve ever seen the Tarantino classic inglourious basterds then you already have an idea of how to play this, only this time it’s without the Nazis, shooting and German accents.

For those who haven’t seen the movie, the rules of the game are very simple. Everyone writes down the name of a well-known figure onto a piece of paper and, without looking at the name, another participant sticks the paper onto their forehead or back.

Once everyone has a character, the aim of the game is to try to figure out who they are asking the group various questions. You can also do a reverse version of this game where everyone knows who their character is and it’s up to the group to try to figure out who it is. Bonus point if you’re able to do an impersonation!

25. “What if…” scenarios

Objective: Creative Problem Solving

Duration: 20 to 40 minutes

How to play:
“What if” scenarios have long been a favorite team building activity for many business leaders and managers because they’re great at getting everyone talking and apply their creative thinking skills at the same time. These types of games always work best when you’re able to present a truly strange hypothetical situation and after everyone is relaxed and has comfortable with sharing their opinions, no matter how outrageous.

A popular version of this game is the “Sinking Boat” scenario, where participants are invited to imagine themselves on a sinking boat with a variety of people (like a doctor, a parent, a teacher and a sports star for example) and are challenged with figuring out who they would save first. Everyone is then given a couple of minutes to discuss what they’d do and why.

Another great version of this game is the “Stranded Island” scenario, in this case, everyone is (as the name suggests) stranded on an island and they’re all allowed to bring one office item with them to survive. The group then has to role-play out what they would do and how’d they work together. To make it even more fun, go the Lost route and keep on introducing even more random events and scenarios that they have to adapt to like the sudden appearance of a polar bear or a smoke monster.

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26. Pay it forward

Objective: Team Bonding & Confidence Building

Duration: 10 to 30 minutes

How to play:
As human beings, we are naturally wired to crave recognition and appreciation for our accomplishments, especially in the workplace. According to Work.com, 78% of workers say that being recognized by their peers is one of the primary motivators when it comes to working. But it can be very hard to find the space to give someone a thoughtful compliment, no matter how much they may deserve it.

This is when this particular team building activity comes in handy, and is highly recommended for anyone looking to increase the level of camaraderie and intimacy amongst their team.

All you have to do is gather everyone in a circle and have them look the person to the right. From there, everybody is tasked with writing three positive things about that person and they can range from anything from a joke they may have made to how they performed a particular task. Once everyone has written their note, give the whole group a few minutes to read their note and to think about what the other person has said in silence.

As simple as this activity is, this is extremely powerful in bringing people together by giving them a space to practice gratitude, appreciate each other’s strengths, and feel like they’re being valued by their peers.

27. Minefield

Objective: Communication Skills & Improving Collaboration

Duration: 30 to 45 minutes

How to play:
To play this game, all you need is an empty conference room or hallway, a couple of blindfolds and a collection of random items. One person is blindfolded and they’re tasked with making it the other side of the room without touching any of the items that are scattered around the floor. The rest of the team have to verbally guide the player to the objective without setting off any of the “mines.”

28. Spectrum mapping

Objective: Communication Skills & Confidence Building

Duration: 30 to 60 minutes

How to play:
Not only does this activity give people a chance to flex their creativity muscles and give people a space to speak up and share their ideas, but you might even unearth a whole heap of ideas on how to improve your business.

All you need are several pads of sticky notes, pens and a whiteboard. Start off by writing on the whiteboard a topic that’s related to your business that you want a diverse range of opinions and ideas on. This can be anything from “Next product the company should develop” to “What can we do to improve the workplace?”

Set a two-minute timer and have everyone back to back drawing or writing down as many ideas as they possibly can. Once the time is up, go around the room and have each person present their list of ideas and stick it onto the whiteboard. When everyone has placed their ideas, work together as a group to see if you can group certain ideas together under a single category or arranging all the sticky notes in a horizontal line based on how similar the ideas are to each other.

As a team building activity, spectrum mapping is fantastic in giving people the space to speak up and share their ideas without fear of criticism. For the business, this can be a powerful way to find out what employees are thinking and discover some unconventional ideas you may have never even thought about before.

Chapter 6:

Unusual Team Building Activities

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Trust fall? Boring. Laser tag? Been done before. Adventure courses? Yawn.

Team building activities are meant to be a lot of fun and nothing kills the notion of fun more than the idea of doing the same thing over and over again. The best part of these is the random conversations that each activity will generate as your people work through them. Variety is the spice of life and you should definitely look into spicing up your team building events with the following activities.

29. Social painting

Objective: Team Bonding

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

How to play:
Social painting workshops, sometimes known as paint-and-sip parties, are a stress-free alternative to many of the high-energy activities that we’ve listed so far. All you have to do is gather some basic art supplies, a few bottles of wine and you’re all set to unleash your inner Bob Ross.

Social painting is great for team bonding because it encourages team members to support one another by having having everybody step out of their comfort zones together. Plus, even just a few hours of painting have been proven to greatly reduce the amount of stress and anxiety, all the while giving us the chance to express ourselves in a way that wouldn’t normally be possible.

30. Hackathons

Objective: Team Bonding & Improving Collaboration

Duration: 6 to 24 hours

How to play:
In recent years, tech companies have been absolutely obsessed with hackathons as a way to turn a group of strangers into a high-performing team in less than 24 hours. The great news is that you don’t necessarily have to be a tech-based startup in Silicon Valley to hold your own hackathon.

Essentially how a hackathon works is that groups are tasked with a project that they have to create something completely new within a set time period. This can be anything from developing a new app, coming up with marketing campaign, or creating an entirely new product. While it might be stressful, and it can be at times, it’s also incredibly fun. Hackathons give people a chance to work on something completely different, to stretch their skills and all without the stress of having answer to upper management.

For organizations, hackathons also give them a chance to field test new ideas, encourage a company culture of innovation and even come up with entirely new products by the end of it.

31. Make-your-own music video

Objective: Team Bonding

Duration: 1 to 3 hours

How to play:
Get everyone to tap into their inner rockstar by getting everyone involved with making a music video! Just pick out some catchy top 40 pop song that everyone knows the words to (even if they won’t admit to it), get a camera and get to lip syncing!

Yes, the end product can be a little cringey and lame, but that’s kind of the point. Nothing brings a team together more than the fact that everyone being able to have fun and have a good laugh at themselves.

32. Escape room

Objective: Creative Problem Solving & Team Bonding

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

How to play:
These days escape rooms are one of the go-to team building activities for many organizations, and it’s easy to see why. As a team building activity, escape rooms test a group’s ability to work together, how they communicate with one another and practice their creative problem solving.

In case you don’t know, escape rooms is a kind of game where players are locked in a room together and are tasked with finding a way out. The catch is that in order to do so, they have to solve no small amount of puzzles and challenges to get “free.”

With the rising popularity of escape rooms you’ll be able to pick any number of themes for your escape room, popular ones including haunted houses and murder mysteries.

33. Magazine Cover

Objective: Improving Collaboration & Confidence Building

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

How to play:
In this team building activity, team members are tasked with creating an imaginary magazine cover that celebrates an upcoming announcement or achievement of the company. Team members have to come up with the design, headlines and sub-headlines, and the graphics for their magazine cover.

The purpose of this activity is to help team members get into the mindset of what it would be like to featured in a magazine, how they’d like their achievements to be portrayed and what it takes to get them there.

Chapter 7:

Remote & Virtual Team Building Activities

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These days, more and more businesses are looking at building remote workforces with their employees scattered all over the globe. However, it can be difficult to build a cohesive company culture when everyone is located in a different time zone.

The good news is that virtual team building activities aren’t that difficult to organize provided that you have the right tools on hand. Even if you never meet in-person, there are a whole variety of games and activities out there that are both easy to implement and encourage that all-important sense of familiarity between coworkers.

Here are some of the best remote team building activities out there that will go far in helping your team bond, regardless of where they may be.

34. Quizzes/Fun Questions

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 10 to 15 minutes

How to play:
One of the best ways to bond with a coworker, even if they’re located thousands of miles away, is to ask them a stupid question. It might sound silly asking someone what they’d do if they had a time machine or if they’d rather fight one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses, but these are exactly the kinds of questions that spark conversation and give us a chance to learn more about a person.

You can take advantage of a tool like Quizbreaker which sends the whole team a bunch of fun question at the start of every week via email, and then everybody is given until the end of the week to try and guess which answer belongs to who.

35. Pin the map

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 10 to 30 minutes

How to play:
Help everyone gain a better understanding of where everyone is located by creating an interactive map of the world. Start it off by asking everybody where they’re born or where they’re currently located and pinning a picture of them to the map.

As time goes by you can color in even more of the map by asking your team questions like what their ideal holiday spot would be, the best place they’ve travelled to, or where their parents are from. This simple team building activity is a great way to break the ice and to help employees learn a lot about each other.

36. Pictionary

Objective: Team Bonding & Communication Skills

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

How to play:
Everybody loves the classic board game Pictionary, and the great news is that it’s super easy to play online too! Use something like Skribbl to create your own virtual room for doodling. Just get the team online and you can immediately start playing.

37. Movie/book club

Objective: Team Bonding

Duration: 1 hour

How to play:
Who says you need to be a suburban housewife in order to enjoy a book club? Depending on your team’s interests it could just as easily be a movie club, a podcast club, or heck even a fight club!…or maybe not a fight club, because, y’know that first rule and all…

My point is that there’s something about regularly meeting up with a group of people to discuss something that all of you enjoy. It’s a very ordinary activity but it allows everybody a chance to get together and talk about something other than work and, in turn, learn more about each other as individuals and grow closer as a result.

To organize your own book club make sure that your participation is voluntary and that everyone agrees on what book to read. Nothing kills a fledgling club more than mandatory participation.

38. Quirky photo challenges

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 10 to 15 minutes

How to play:
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, if that’s the case then we can learn way more about our colleagues with one good picture than we could with dozens of email exchanges. Enter the photo challenge.

Photo challenges are great fun because, quite literally, anyone with a phone these days can join in. To keep it relaxed and fun, set up a Slack channel just for this and start every week with a new photo challenge with anyone being able to post a photo anytime they want. You can make it so that one week the goal is to take a photo of a pet, the following week you need to take a selfie next to a local landmark, the week after the challenge is to take a picture of a book you’re reading, and so on so forth.

These types of team building activities are great because they’re so simple and you can learn so much about another person through the photos they take. Add a little bit more motivation to the mix (if cute animal photos aren’t enough) by picking out the best photo at the end of the month and sending the winner a framed print of their picture.

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Chapter 8:

Indoor Team Building Activities

indoor team building activites

Sometimes the weather sucks, or there are bugs everywhere, and every now and then there are killer clowns roaming the streets. Protect yourself from all that by holding your next team building event indoors where you have air conditioners, wifi, and you never have to worry about being lost out in the woods at night. All you really need is a room large enough to hold everyone and you’re all set for your next team building activity! Even something as simple as bonding over a jigsaw puzzle with 10,000 puzzle pieces or Jenga can be a very bonding experience.

39. Office trivia

Objective: Team Bonding

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

How to play:
Everyone loves playing a game of trivia and getting a chance to show off their obscure bits of knowledge. The great news is that all you need to run this team building activity is a relevant topic and a little bit of research beforehand. Popular topics include sports, pop culture, and music, but you can make your trivia game a bit more personal by making your topic around the business and the players themselves.

For example, questions like “How many people have broken a bone before?”, “Who scored the last goal at last week’s soccer game?” and “What are the business’s values?” are great questions to remind everyone of how much they have in common. If you have a lot of people then consider dividing everyone into smaller groups and giving each group a fun “buzzer” they can use. The first team to hit the buzzer answers.

40. Chest of hopes and dreams

Objective: Creative Problem Solving & Team Bonding

Duration: 30 minutes to 1 hour

How to play:
Begin by asking everyone to write down a piece of paper something that they want out of life, or something that they’d like to achieve and to place it in a hat. Also, make it clear that people don’t have to identify themselves if they don’t want to. Once everyone has contributed a wish, pull out each piece of paper and read them out one by one, and have everyone discuss how that person can achieve what they want out of life.

41. Lucky penny

Objective: Team Bonding & Get To Know One Another

Duration: 30 to 45 minutes

How to play:
This game is a great way to have people start interacting with and learning more about each other, especially if they’ve never met each other before. To play, all you need to start is a gather a handful of pennies and place them in a hat. From there, everyone reaches in and takes out a coin and they’re asked to share something interesting that happened to them on the year the coin was minted. This is an easy low-pressure kind of activity that works as a great icebreaker.

42. Memory Wall

Objective: Team Bonding

Duration: 30 to 45 minutes

How to play:
Start off by writing a few work-related topics on the wall like “my first day at work” or “funniest office moment” for example. Gather everybody around and ask them to write down their favorite memory, or memories, from that prompt and to stick it onto the wall. This team building activity is excellent at sparking conversation and having people reminisce about the positive times they’ve shared together.

Conclusion

And there you go, we've reached the finish line! With this huge comprehensive list of fun team building activities and games, you’ll never run out of team building ideas ever again! Just make sure to keep it easy, breezy and, most importantly, fun. On your mark, get set, go!

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