Workplace bonding is essential if you want to build a positive and productive company culture. The atmosphere of any office or workplace largely comes down to how employees relate to one another. You can improve communications and employee engagement by organizing certain activities. Summer is the ideal time of year to introduce such team-building events. Let’s look at some of the best employee bonding activities you can facilitate this summer.
Volunteering helps your business in a number of ways. It lets you make a positive contribution to your community. It generates good publicity. It’s also a great way to build team spirit. When people cooperate to help others, it’s a natural bonding activity. This gives people a chance to work together in a new environment and get to know different aspects of each other’s personalities. If you can arrange to provide employees with paid volunteer days, this is even better. Several possibilities include:
One way to build your own team is to have everyone cheer for another team. No matter where you are, there are surely plenty of live sports events going on in summer. If a particular team is especially popular, it’s fun to organize an outing where you can all cheer the local favorites on. However, any exciting live event makes for a fun outing. Don’t overlook college sports teams, minor league baseball teams, and other local possibilities. It’s a unifying experience as everyone roots for the local team. You can usually get a discount price when you buy tickets in bulk.
There’s no better way to build team spirit than to get outside and do something that gets everyone sweating and their heart rates up. Getting out in nature makes it even better as you get to bond in a new environment. You don’t have to go into the deep wilderness to enjoy a day of outdoor activities such as:
Scavenger hunts are fun group activities that can be arranged in just about any location on any scale. You can create a scavenger hunt in your own workplace, in a local park, or just about anywhere. This is a team building activity that can be old school or high tech, depending on your preferences. For example, you can incorporate smartphones into the mix by sending out clues via app or text. Conversely, you can give everyone a break from their devices and make them rely entirely on their own wits to find the hidden treasure.
Being tourists in your own city (or a nearby one) is a fun way for employees to spend time together in a different environment. There are probably numerous destinations and activities you haven’t seen or done in a long time, if ever. Even familiar stomping grounds are more interesting when you’re sharing the experience with a group. While your options depend on where you’re located, here are some possibilities.
Escape rooms have gotten extremely popular in recent years. There are variations on this theme such as mazes, treasure hunts, and various types of adventures. There are now some outdoor activities that implement the idea on a larger scale. These activities are fun for anyone but they take on a special meaning when you look at them as team building exercises. Escape rooms are often fairly intricate and require creativity and strategizing to solve. You can have competing teams to see who can solve it in the shortest amount of time.
Many of the activities listed above are feasible throughout the year. In summer, however, people tend to be more adventurous and eager to get a break from the daily grind. You have to use your judgment and decide which activities are the best match for your business. For example, taking a relaxing cruise around a river creates a very different atmosphere than a competitive game of paintball. Both can be good for team building, though.
You might want to vary the pace and alternate between activities that are contemplative, humorous, and competitive. Whenever people are brought together to solve problems or explore new activities, they have a chance to learn more about each other and form closer bonds. This can have a positive effect on company culture as your employees get more comfortable working together.
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