By Poyen Ramos on December 9, 2016
Team building activities are a great way to get your team to connect and work better together. Not only that, team activities also improve communication, morale, motivates, increases productivity, it helps employees get to know each other better, and learn about one’s strengths and weaknesses.
"Teamwork makes the dream work."
And trying out the right kind of exercise for your team can be challenging. So here are a few short team building activities you could try with your team. Try it in the office or outside, we're pretty sure they'll enjoy these.
Lost on a Deserted Island
Time required: 30 minutes
Ever wonder what things you need to survive if you were stuck on a deserted island?
This activity would require each individual to describe the one thing he/she will need after they are shipwrecked on an island. The thing doesn’t have to be necessary for survival. They can be as creative as they want. After having they've chosen their item, the group then converges and using those items, come up with a strategy that will help them survive until rescue comes.
This activity encourages creative problem-solving and collaboration.
React and Act
Time Required: 20 minutes
This is like charades, except it focuses more on your facial expressions.
The actor in the scene has to role-play a certain scenario. For example, winning the lottery or being attacked by a bear. The group then has to guess what the scenario is. This is a great game to sharpen your team's communication strategies.
Time Required: 15 minutes
This is another great activity for improving communication. Divide your group into pairs, and have them sit back to back. One person in the pair should receive a bunch of pictures of different shapes, and the other person of the pair will have a pencil and pad of paper. Then, the action begins.
Everyone holding a picture has to give verbal instructions to their partners on how to draw the shapes, of course, without actually telling which shape it is. They must make out as many shapes under one minute. When finished, each pair should compare their original shape to the drawing. The pair with the most number of shapes completed, and the nearest to the original shape wins. Let the pairs then discuss how they worked together, and where they could’ve improved in their communication.
Marshmallow Spaghetti Tower
Time required: 30 minutes
This one requires more materials than usual, but we swear that it's gonna be a lot of fun.
You'll need 20 sticks of uncooked spaghetti, 1 roll of masking tape, 1 yard of string, and 1 marshmallow for every team.
Using these supplies, challenge each team to build the tallest tower. But there's a catch, the marshmallow has to be at the very top of the spaghetti tower, and the whole structure must be able to stand on its own for at least 5 seconds.