3 Team Building Activities Your Employees Will Love
Oh, the semi-annual company retreat.
An effort made by spritely HR staff for employees to escape from the office, rekindle the bonds between desks and create a more effective and collaborative working environment. While George and Janette are simply bubbling with excitement, you can’t help but notice a few in the office who just roll their eyes at the thought of ‘mandatory fun’. Planning a fun team building event that everyone will love can be hard, but not impossible. Corporate team building activities can be fun and a great way to get to know your desk mate a little bit better.
Here are 3 fun team building ideas that your coworkers will actually love.
1. Wine tasting and Cocktail Making
Really, who doesn’t want a drink after work? But instead of listening to George brag about his semi-professional golf tournament during happy hour, give someone else the mic while sipping on your drink. Host a Cocktail Making or Wine Tasting at the office or in a unique venue space for your company retreat or event.
Your coworkers will love the chance to play around with spirits and mixers while learning about their favorite concoctions. Even better, since it is a class, the instructor will be doing a lot of the heavy lifting in the group discussion. Now you won’t have to worry about anyone dominating the whole conversation (ehem, George).
Listen to the sweet voice of your instructor while she explains to you the fruity and oaky notes in your favorite 2015 Pinot Noir or aged bourbon. This easy team building activity is simple to plan, mobile and bound to crack some smiles. Some of our favourite classes are held by Excel Activity Group, Dandelion Events, Fizz and Flute, and Peak Wine (not to mention they are available to bring the experience straight to you).
2. Escape Room
We promise, it will be more fun than you think. While, yes, the idea of being ‘trapped’ in a small room with your coworkers for 60+ min, solving logic problems can sound a bit like, well the meeting room, escape rooms are actually much more enjoyable than you might imagine. Once the doors shut, your instincts kick in and you watch everyone bring out the best of their problem-solving skills.
Escape rooms give each employee a chance to shine and show off their smarts. The variety of riddles and puzzles always require different approaches and perspectives of thinking. Meaning those Sudoku games you’ve been working on during lunch are finally paying off.
If you’re not a fan of the ‘escape’ room, how about an ‘entrance’ room? Just an hour outside of London, Puzzle Party House is a unique company team building venue where you must solve the puzzles and riddles to find the keys and enter the house. This venue is ideal for those looking for UK corporate venues in the South East. Even better? Once you’ve completed the task, you and your coworkers will be treated to a glass of champagne and 3-course meal prepared by a personal chef! The complete package wrapped up in one.
3. Target Sports
If tensions in the office have been getting a little high, this is the perfect way to let loose and reconnect. Give everyone in the office a chance to blow off some steam and aim for the bullseye! Target sports are a relaxing, unique and fun corporate team building activity idea that everyone will enjoy. Try something new such as archery, clay shooting or even crossbow shooting! This will give each employee a chance to focus and center themselves a bit while taking away the stress in an alternative way.
Archery is one of our favourite easy corporate team building activities since it is easy to plan and fun to participate in. If time is an issue, not to worry! Many activity providers, such as Dandelion Events, happen to bring the experience right at your doorstep. Using a bow and arrow is a challenging and exciting way to test your skills and learn something new. Let your employees mingle between shots and watch as they all aim for the goal!
For more inspiration on your next team building event, visit our Activities and Ideas page! Browse through all of our amazing partners and providers for fun and new ways to shake things up at the office.