When you start throwing around the term “Team Building ideas” at the office what‘s the response?
Are people leaning in to hear more, or are they ducking for the nearest exit. Is it all eyes on you, or eye rolls?
We get it. Pulling off a team building experience that staff not only look forward to before the day, but are talking about (in a good way) after, can be difficult.
We work with teams all the time though our improv-based Team Building Workshops, but there are a number of “DIY”-style Team Building ideas you can organize that your team will love.
Over the next few months, we’ll highlight a handful of these ideas
The first one we call Campfire.
Just a quick heads up – I mentioned eyerolls above. It’s very likely you could catch a few when you introduce this one. Don’t sweat it. By the end, I can guarantee, everyone will be fully onboard.
This activity has value whether the team has been together for years, or if you have a few new hires who’ve recently joined the group.
The focus is on bringing the team closer together, finding common connections, increasing trust, building empathy and creating opportunities to support one another.
From my experience, this activity always produces a lot of laughter, but also genuinely touching moments as colleagues share in an environment they feel safe and secure.
Set aside 45 minutes
Step 1) Prior to the day, come up with a handful of words and/or situations that will be used as starters for the stories. I suggest using things like “first day at the company”, “funniest event at work”, etc.
Step 2) The day of, write these down on sticky notes.
Step 3) Put the sticky notes on a whiteboard, or wall where you’re all gathering
Step 4) Split everyone into groups (groups of between 6 –to-8 work well).
Step 5) Ask a person from the group to choose a topic from the sticky notes and use that to share an experience – telling their story.
Step 6) After the teammate recounts their experience, open the floor to give everyone in the group a few minutes to add to the story. For example, if they talked about the first day at work, someone might have an anecdote they remember about their teammate’s first day, or the story could trigger a noteworthy story or memory of their own first day with the company.
Step 7) Repeat the process until everyone in the group has spoken on a topic.
Storytelling is the foundation of all strong communities and groups. Sharing stories with each other builds common connections and a sense of community.
You’ll have a team that feels more connected and comfortable with each other and invariably will have learned something new about a teammate they work with every day.
Good luck if you try this out