Team building has become a major subject for all major and successful company worldwide. It has now become a recognized fact that team building events and exercises are the key to building an efficient and effective group of individuals. There are now also many different types of team building which is available for us to use. The type of team building that you decide to use is really up to you. Before you decide you should look at the advantages and disadvantages of each different method.
In this article we will take a look at some modern team building ideas, which are both easy to set up and yet will still, provide a long lasting effect on each individual member of your team. Before you decide which of the following games you are going to use, you first need to consider the each individual member of the team to be involved. You need to think about whether the game or activity is appropriate for each member of the team. You should think about providing an activity which goes beyond the standard traditional workplace skills you require.
Team building should be a learning yet an enjoyable experience for all involved from the management to the latest employed member as the team. It needs to be enjoyable to keep all members interested and also as team building is used as a way to break down barriers within the workplace. Many large companies will have several sectors or departments, and it would be of a huge benefit for all employees to get to know each other.
Below we are going to take a look at some low budget alternative workplace social events.
Self-catering – food and drink event
A self-catering food and drink event is a fantastic event which can also be an in house event. Instead of spending large amounts of money on a day out, why not ask each member of staff to bring in food to the buffet. This type of event can be especially rewarding for the members of staff in your workplace of different cultures. The type of event costs nothing to run and is very simple to run or organize. If you wish to add a little twist to the event, then you could add a theme to the night such as a 60’s or other fancy dress theme.
If you have a kitchen in your workplace then all cooking could actually be in house and as a twist you could get the management to cook for the lower members of staff as a thank you for all of their hard work. This idea then becomes especially rewarding for the staffs who have worked on the shop floor.
If this is the type of event that you have decided to organize, then you will also have to look at some form of entertainment. There are many different options available for entertainment, many of which do not have to cost any money or expense to the company. Karaoke or other musical entertainment such as hiring a singer can be highly successful. Casino themes, quizzes and also betting activities are other popular methods of entertainment during an in house staff function.
The Outdoor tea break Exercise
The nature of everything in life such as feelings, relationships and communication will all be perceived in a different context depending on the situation. Perceptions against a certain subject will change depending on the individuals’ beliefs and also life experiences. The Tea break exercise is another cost free activity that will only take a short amount of time to complete. The aims are to bring up a subject and to try to get every member of the team to say there view on it. This is sort of a debate and will encourage every member of the group to interact with one another and will encourage the younger members of the group to voice their opinion. At first you may think that this is a pointless exercise, but through using a pointless subject to cause people to voice opinions, then when it comes to workplace problems you will find that all members of the group will once again interact.
These are just two of the many cheap yet effective team building exercises and events that you can utilise in the workplace, there are many more to choose from. When it comes to planning a team building exercise remember to get creative and make the event exciting. All efforts in team building will be rewarded in the long run as with each event, the team as a whole will greatly improve and produce the right results for you time and time again.