Why are team building activities important? They help to improve productivity, break the ice between employees, help employees to acquire effective strategies, boost their morale and improve communication. With the right team building activities you can be able to achieve all these goals. Team building activities for adults can be placed into four major categories:
- Trust building activities
- Team bonding activities
- Decision making and problem solving activities
- Communication and ice breaking activities
This article will look at one activity in each of the four categories. They are superb team building activities for adults that can make your day memorable.
Things required: Images of simple drawings, pens/makers, paper.
This is a problem solving activity that requires people to split into pairs. Each pair is supposed to sit facing each other. One person in the pair gets a pen and piece of paper while the other one gets a picture of the simple drawing. The person having the picture verbally explains to their partner how the image looks like. They should not expressly tell them what the image is, but rather give a vague description. The other person should try to draw the image on the piece of paper. After a given time, the teams will compare the images. The teams which draws the most accurate attempt wins.
Watch your back
This one of the outdoor team building activities for adults that is meant to build trust as well as patience between participants. Let the participants get into pairs. The pairs should stand back to back, lock themselves with their elbows and holds hands over the stomach. Create a start and finish line. The pairs should run through the line in the interlocked position and reach the finish point within the shortest time possible. This activity will enable partners to trust each other through the difficult challenge.
The spider wed
Things required: Tape and string
This activity is designed to help participants to be more creative and to enhance their collaborative and problem solving skills. You will stick the string across the doorway: one piece at about five feet and another one about three-and-a-half feet. The string is a poisonous spider web. Members of each team are supposed to go through the doorway without touching the strings. You may add more strings on the doorway to make the challenge more difficult. This will motivate the teams to be more creative.
There is no better way to bond employees in your office than have them answer simple questions about their workplace. The office trivia is designed to enhance team bonding. Prepare 25-30 questions about your organization. When is the organization’s anniversary? What is the name of the founder? In which month are there most birthdays? What brands are the office laptops? How many fans are in the entire office? How many people put on glasses in the entire workplace? What is the color of the kitchen? You may divide the team into two groups. The group members can discuss amongst themselves the possible answers to the questions.