Corporate Team Building Activities that Actually Build Teams

by Evil HR Lady on October 12, 2017

“Hi! I’m Heidi, your Team Building Trainer! We’re here to do some corporate team building activities! So, everyone pick a partner — someone you don’t know!”

Are you rolling your eyeballs, sighing, and not-so-secretly wishing your kid’s school calls to tell you you have to come pick up your child? Because let’s face it, many team building activities seem to be led by people who don’t actually have any work to do and don’t really understand how to do work with others. Sick kids are preferable to this kind of team building.

But strong teams are a good thing, so here are five corporate team building activities that actually work (and are even fun, for most people).

To read about the activities (including my favorite, PowerPoint Karaoke), click here:  Corporate Team Building Activities that Actually Build Teams

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

LJL October 12, 2017 at 3:51 pm

Thanks! Just passed this along to my colleagues who plan our quarterly meetings…I think this will come in handy.

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LaraW October 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Our office did an escape room last summer. That was fun and everyone enjoyed it.

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Maria Rose October 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Sorry I have to be negative here, but none of these activities will ( however fun they are) encourage teammates out of people who barely speak to each other outside of team meetings.
Some people don’t encourage work friendships outside of work, past a certain point.

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Sara Williams October 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Sorry! I would rather undergo root canal than any of the activities you describe.

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Bobboccio October 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Never heard of the Powerpoint Kareoke. I don’t know if everyone would enjoy it, but sure sounds a lot of fun. I am going to try that at the next cocktail party I host!

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charles October 13, 2017 at 1:56 am

Personally, I will vouch for the Lego building and the scavenger hunts.

Both worked very well and with folks who didn’t know each other before hand.

The scavenger hunt was set up for when we all moved into a new office building and it involved simple things like: “go to the third floor and find the painting that has a picture of a dog. What office is nearby?” It was a fun way to explore the new office without coming across as a busy-body and to meet new people – the tasks were simple, yet, required some teamwork such as “okay, you two go down that hall looking for the picture with the dogs, and we will go this way – meet back here in 3 minutes.”

And, the Lego exercise? Well, who doesn’t like to get paid to play with Lego?

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Ekansh Pahwa October 13, 2017 at 8:18 am

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Beth October 18, 2017 at 10:14 pm

I’m not saying that these activities won’t work/aren’t fun, but employees hate being forced to participate! Definitely make things optional or, best case scenario, have employees come up with the idea for an activity themselves (or at least think they have options!). People love choice, autonomy, and involvement. Starting with a good culture is imperative. Geckoboard is a good example of a company that does so: http://bit.ly/2k0ecMF

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