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There are various reasons why companies use team building activities. Ice breakers (described in the previous article) are just one example of them. They can be used for communication improvement, morale boost, motivation, productivity development, for co-workers to get to know each other better, just to name a few.
There are some types of team building activities, such as communication, problem solving, trust building, etc. They can be in the form of indoor/outdoor games, workshops, social events, and many more.
Here, I am going to describe different team building activities, which refer to 3 main types mentioned above.
Icebreakers can serve as an example of communication activity. Co-workers meet, talk, and learn more about one another.
Another example is a great game called TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE (which I use a lot in my first class with the new students).
Give each team member three slips of paper and instruct them to write down two truths and one lie about themselves. The lie should not be ridiculous, they have to make it believable. Have the participants in each group read the truths and lie randomly. Team members should discuss and find out which one is a lie. This way they learn more about each other, especially if they ask followup questions and get involved in a conversation.
PROBLEM SOLVING ACTIVITY
Divide your team into groups and send them out with a list of things to find and bring back (or places to find and take pictures of). You decide if they have to stay in the office or are allowed to go out. The ultimate goal is to get back first with all (or most of) items. A scavenger hunt may involve a map, some clues, puzzles to be solved. As a teacher, I use scavenger hunt in my classes and the students should leave the building and find different objects outside. I usually set a time limit, so that the activity doesn't last forever.
TRUST BUILDING ACTIVITIES
This type of team building activities is usually practiced outside with lots of space around. You can organize blind walk (or mine field) activity, when one participant is blindfolded and another one helps him get to the destination using words only.
TRUST LEAN activity has been popular for ages. In pairs, one becomes a Faller and the other one is the Catcher. You should teach methods for spotting, falling, and catching. Within their pair the participants have to build clear communication. For example,
Faller: "I am ready to fall. Are you ready to catch me?"
Catcher: "I am ready to catch you. Fall away."
These are just a few activities, which you might find useful in your events. Feel free to add more in comments below.