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Team building activities have been around for years and are a common way to bring people out of their shells and develop personal relationships between team members. Although they aren’t always loved by all, team building can massively benefit employees and the organisation, reminding them that work is never just about them – it’s about the entire group, so finding an activity that all your team members will actually enjoy is important in cultivating and fostering a thriving team dynamic.

Check out our top 5 team building activities for 2024 and find the right one to suit your team:

1. What do we have in common?

The purpose of this activity is to encourage interactions and improve relations, particularly in larger organisations, so it's perfect for about 20-50 people where different departments rarely get the chance to collaborate. Better still, this activity can be carried out in-person or as a virtual zoom call.

Step 1 - Place members of the organisation into groups.

Step 2 - Within these groups, ask members to find out between 5-10 things they share in common such as favourite hobbies, music, and other out-of-work activities.

Step 3 - Report back to the whole team on what you have learnt about each other.

This activity allows for everyone to learn about shared experiences and pushes colleagues to learn a large amount of information about each other in a short period of time.

 

2. The marshmellow challenge.

The purpose of this activity is to test how creatively teams work together and is ideal for those in-office team building days. 

Step 1 - Place members into groups of 4.

Step 2 - Give each group 20 sticks of spaghetti, one marshmellow, some string and tape.

Step 3 - Using these materials, each team are to work together and construct the tallest freestanding structure possible.

Step 4 - When the structures are built, players determine the winner using a measuring tape - the highest still-standing structure is the winner.

This activity allows members of the team to learn the strong effects of collaboration and are pushed to work together in a creative, yet lighthearted task.

 

3. The marshmellow challenge.

The purpose of this activity is to test how creatively teams work together and is ideal for those in-office team building days. 

Step 1 - Place members into groups of 4.

Step 2 - Give each group 20 sticks of spaghetti, one marshmellow, some string and tape.

Step 3 - Using these materials, each team are to work together and construct the tallest freestanding structure possible.

Step 4 - When the structures are built, players determine the winner using a measuring tape - the highest still-standing structure is the winner.

This activity allows members of the team to learn the strong effects of collaboration and are pushed to work together in a creative, yet lighthearted task.

 

4. Survivor.

The purpose of this activity is to motivate teams to problem solve, be creative and collaborate and is perfect for smaller organisations.

Step 1 - Place members into groups of 4-6.

Step 2 - Give each team a fictional emergency scenario, such as being stranded on a desert island or in the middle of a wood.

Step 3 - Each group will be given an imaginery list of items, of which they can choose five that they can take with them to survive, collectively. These items can include a rope, a lighter, a pocket-knife, seeds, etc.

Step 4 - Each team has to then present their decisions to the entire group and have everyone decide on which team's strategy is the best.

This activity encourages each team member to make problem-solving decisions together, sparking discussion and debate, and then collectively coming together to decide the winner.

 

5. Scavenger Hunt (office-based or outside)

The purpose of this activity is to build rapport, promote collaboration and exercise problem-solving capabilities. A scavenger hunt is a great team-building event, but please be mindful it can take up a considerable amount of time and can be office-based or in an outside environment. It is the perfect activity for your team members to channel their inner detectives!

Step 1 - Use your creativity and organise a list of clues and even trivia questions that lead team members to different items / locations.

Step 2 - Split team members into evenly-numbered groups and give them the list of clues, questions and a map.

Step 3 - Instruct participants to get a team photo at each location or with each item.

Step 4 - The first team to return with proof of locations / items wins and can be rewarded with a nice little incentive such as a box of chocolates for each team member of the winning group.

This activity is encourages team members to discuss, collaborate, problem-solve, explore and engage with each other outside of the workplace (for those in outside environments).

 

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