Chapter 6

Simple Team Building Activities

Check out our handy guide to the 10 most simple team building activities. These ideas are so simple you could run them with one eye closed.

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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.