Most office environments are fast-paced, so it can be difficult bringing everyone onboard for the next big project. But it’s important to keep your staff motivated, and to create team bonding activities. A team who bonds together is going to be the one who cares about the next big corporate project, rather than just putting in an appearance to collect a paycheck. Team building activities are the best way to give your staff a chance to bond together and get to know each other.
Finding the perfect team building activities can be a challenge. It’s happened to the best of managers. Events are announced well in advance, yet on the special day no on turns up, or no one wants to participate. One of the most notorious events seems to be the company potluck. Many people groan when they know there’s one scheduled, or even “forget” to bring their food on that day.
One way around this issue is for the company to order in pizza for everyone. Pizza day is a popular activity, sponsored by the business. It gives everyone a chance to take a break at the same time, and to enjoy cheating on their diets for this one day. Team members have the chance to chat for an hour. Most likely there’s little time for idle chat during the day. But having a meal brought in will allow for an opportunity for your staff to get to know each other, without having them feel guilty that they’re away from their desks.
Find out if any of your team is interested in becoming an activities manager. This person will be responsible for thinking up fun events for the whole office to enjoy. These events can be based on holidays coming up, celebratory occasions, or for any other reason.
The chance to win a prize is often a great reason for an employee to participate, even when it’s only a small token. Many people enjoy competing, but it should never be at the expense of another employee. Being able to deflect harmful competition into a fun contest for everyone to enjoy is the best way to keep bored minds occupied. Keep the contest activities to bite-sized projects. For example, if the business is considering a new logo, have a contest for your employees to design a new one. Be sure they have time at work to create their designs.
If there is one particular problem the company has been facing, have an on-the-spot contest. Separate everyone into teams, then have them brainstorm to find the best solution to a problem. For example, perhaps the cost of copier paper is too high, and the business needs to cut back on this expense. Workers can brainstorm the best ideas. Small gifts can be handed out to the most creative ideas.
Monthly team building activities may be simple, but they can still be fun and entertaining, and they’ll go far in bringing your entire team onboard for the next big project.