Not surprisingly, strong company cultures usually list in-group relationships as one of their top priorities. And, done correctly, group activities can promote this camaraderie.
If your goal is to build a better culture with a better team, experiment with one or more of these exercises.
1. Group Competitions
Company contests can boost cooperation, improve communication and encourage friendly competition. However, keep in mind, not everyone enjoys playing sports. Therefore, use different activities to appeal to a wider range of interests. For example, besides hosting an annual softball or basketball game, also consider events such as trivia contests and scavenger hunts.
2. Community Service Days
Although many organizations participate in service events to give back to the community, volunteering can develop relationships between your team members too. Not only will employees work together to solve real-life problems, but also, they’ll see their co-workers taking the time to help others. And observing this goodwill in action helps to create trust among individuals. If you’re not sure where to begin with service efforts, try contacting local food pantries, animal shelters and nursing homes. In addition, groups like Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America always are looking for volunteers.
3. The Company Values Contest
Most managers assume their employees are familiar with the company mission and value statements. But… is this true for your team? Check your worker’s knowledge and strengthen their bonds with your organization using this simple activity. Break your employees into small groups and ask them to design a poster highlighting your company’s mission and value statements. After thirty minutes or so, unveil the true mission and value statement. Then, see which team put together the most accurate and/or engaging recreation. You may even choose to give small prizes, such as gift cards, to the winning group.
4. Two Truths and a Lie
This activity is a great icebreaker before a longer training session or seminar. Ask a handful of employees to write down two truths about themselves and one lie on a small piece of paper. Next, ask each of the chosen individuals to read their statements. Everyone else tries to distinguish the truths from the lie. This game can be played competitively or just for fun. In either case, it’s a wonderful and fun way for people to get to know each other better.
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