When you hear “team building,” you probably think about traditional activities, such as ice breakers, trust falls, and/or word games. There’s nothing wrong with taking that route and those activities can be a lot of fun.
However, we want you and your coworkers to create lasting memories when you bond together - and maybe try something new along the way - which is why we’ve compiled a list of nontraditional team building activities that you’ll actually love.
Learn more about those activities here:
If you’re looking for a unique team building activity that won’t take up too much time (or involve any planning), visit an escape room. Escape rooms teach players to work together to achieve a common goal in a fixed amount of time. They highlight important skills, such as clear communication and conflict resolution. Plus, the themed rooms make the experience particularly immersive which results in a nice break from the day.
Growing up, field day was the one day of the year that you knew would be awesome. As an adult, you might be surprised to find out how much you missed playing a good, old fashioned game of dodgeball or capture the flag. If you have an outdoorsy team, survey them to learn about the types of physical activities they’d be interested in and then get to planning. Ideas include tug of war, potato sack races, water balloon fights, and frisbee.
Whether a Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or a terrain race, obstacle courses are great for teaching teams about working together efficiently. Such courses make for fun filled days and lots of memorable moments. They emphasize the importance of identifying individual skills and using them to assist others. Just ask the Cat Hospital of Orlando team - they completed a terrain race last February and they loved it!
Although scavenger hunts can take some time to plan, they’re an absolute blast and participants really enjoy them. These hunts give participating teams the chance to work closely with the individuals in their group and simultaneously compete with those in the opposing group which makes for a fun, competitive atmosphere. If you’re interested in planning a scavenger hunt for your team, just be sure to plan accordingly.
Many practices support both local and national charities. While many are related to animals and their wellbeing, your team may choose to run/walk for a charity that means something special to one of your teammates on a more personal level. Charity runs serve as a great way to stay active while supporting wonderful causes.
Team building is what you make of it, so no matter what activities you opt for, just remember to remain open to the process. The ultimate goal of these exercises is to strengthen your bond with your team.