A List Of The Best Team-Building Activities For Your Group

As anyone who works in a group setting knows, cooperation is the key to getting things done. This is especially true in the corporate world where partnership and communication can mean the difference between dazzling success and abject failure. When people don’t see eye-to-eye on business matters, it muddies the waters and makes it that much harder to come to an agreeable outcome for all involved.

 

Team-building Activities are a tried-and-true way for companies and organizations to solidify collaboration, patience, and appreciation between employees and team members. With team-building exercises, leaders can solidify the aspects of teamwork that most benefit a group setting.

 

The Cooking Studio believes that team-building is vitally important and should be a necessary part of any institution. With that in mind, we would like to present a list of the best team-building activities for you and your group.

 

Ropes Courses

 

Number of participants: 4+

Rope courses can be a bit complex and usually involve some kind of pre-built area designed specifically for that kind of exercise, so you might want to contact a venue that specializes in group physical activities.

 

A rope course includes obstacles like walls, tightrope walks, swinging ropes, and ladders that participants must climb over in order to win, usually within a time limit. Patience and cooperation are key to winning a ropes course, so it’s a perfect team-building exercise to encourage these traits in your companions.

 

Show And Tell

 

Number of participants: 2+

When you think of the term “show and tell”, you probably have flashbacks to grade school when you were forced to stand up in front of your classmates and tell them about a favorite hobby or pastime. As embarrassing as that might have been for some of us, it was an integral part of learning more about our classmates and forming bonds over shared interests.

 

Show and tell can play an important role in adult life too, especially in the professional world. When you know more about a person, it allows you to empathize and interact with them on a more natural level. Besides that, it’s fun to learn more about what your co-workers do when they go home at the end of the day!

 

Scavenger Hunts

 

Number of participants: 4+ people in multiple teams

Scavenger hunts were popularized in America in the early 1930s. They’ve been a staple of group motivation exercises ever since, and can regularly be found taking place on college campuses throughout the U.S.

 

Organizing a scavenger hunt can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Essentially, a scavenger hunt only needs a list of specific items that participants need to find within a limited amount of time, but the rules of the game are up to the organizer and can be designed to make the hunt as simplistic or challenging as needed. It can include puzzles like cryptograms, hints to discover visual clues such as landmarks, or can even turn into a game of hide-and-seek where teams try to track down a mobile objective.

 

If your organization is technically-focused and has access to online resources, you can use the internet as the staging ground for your scavenger hunt — plant clues in your company’s website or stage Google searches to track down a cryptic web page. 

 

Whether they take place inside or outside, scavenger hunts are a great way to foster cooperation and communication.

 

Community Service

 

Number of participants: 2+

Talk to local government or local charities to organize a community service activity for your co-workers such as picking up trash or handing out clothes to the homeless. Giving back to the community not only teaches the participants that civil service is beneficial to everyone, but it encourages partnership.

 

Team Jigsaw

 

Number of participants: at least 4 teams made up of 2+ people each

Team jigsaw consists of handing out bags of jigsaw pieces to each team. Unbeknownst to the teams, however, is the fact that each bag will contain pieces from more than one puzzle! The objective is to not only force participants to work within their own teams, but to engage with the other teams in order to complete all of the puzzles.

 

Online Gaming Sessions

 

Number of participants: 3+ people in one or more teams

Since video games are so ubiquitous these days, why not turn something many of your co-workers do at home into a group engagement that can benefit the entire team? Online games like Fortnite, Counterstrike, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds demand communication and cooperation, so they’re ideal for encouraging these traits.

 

Online gaming, particularly amongst a group, requires a bit of setup however. If you’re in an office setting, you probably already have everything you need (computers, keyboards, mice, and monitors) to get a session started. If you don’t have easy access to computers, you may want to consider renting some time at a local internet cafe that can provide you with all the hardware.

 

Charades

 

Number of participants: 4+ people in multiple teams

Charades is a classic team-building exercise based on guessing. Teams square off against each other, with one member of a team trying to describe a person, place, or thing to his or her teammates by using hints; hints can consist of verbal cues, hand signals, or drawn clues. The actual subject can never be revealed by the “actor,” as this automatically forces their team to forfeit the round.

 

Cooking Classes!

 

Number of participants: 2+

Last, but certainly not least on this list, are cooking classes. Not only can your associates learn how to cook delicious dishes, but taking a group cooking class is a fantastic way to cultivate motivation, patience, self-confidence, and teamwork. With the rising popularity of in-shop cooking schools, it’s easier than ever to find a local company that offers focused team-building cooking classes.

 

Best of all, you don’t have to clean up the dishes after you’re done!

 

Take Your Team To A Course At The Cooking Studio

 

The Cooking Studio offers excellent team-building classes for up to 26 people. Learn how to bake a souffle or create the perfect risotto, all while building up confidence and collaboration amongst your teammates!

 

For information on our group-based classes, check here or contact us online today. We look forward to helping your team achieve their best!

 

More blogs on The Cooking Studio’s team-building classes:

Team Building: Campus Activities CSU

Why You Should Try A Corporate Cooking Class