There’s more to great team building activities than ping pong and Parcheesi. In fact, some of the best ways to create chemistry don’t take place in the office at all. According to Alexander Kjerulf, an international author and speaker on happiness at work, “Socializing and getting to know your coworkers as people will help you to communicate, trust each other more and work better together.”
From backyard beers to basketball games, this sort of thing can take shape in a lot of different ways. That’s why we’ve put together yet another list for you and your coworkers to bond over. Enjoy!
Work it out at a Woodworking Class
If your company encourages getting your hands dirty, taking up a woodworking class may be your team’s best bet. For any and all aspiring carpenters, these kinds of classes are great for beginners and will give you a chance to create something solid. Whether that be a spoon, cutting board, or extra desk for your office, you’ll be taught by an experienced professional how to carry out all the required cuts.
Tip: Classes can be a bit expensive, so try and see if you can get a group discount. Although there’s no doubt that your entire office will want to go, you may be better off if just your immediate team tags along.
Take a Foodie Tour
Take a trip to flavour town with one of your city’s various food groups. One of our favourite team building activities, these tours will let you taste a number options in a short span of time. Casual, interactive, and always amusing, you can’t say you know someone without having broken bread with them.
Tip: Scout out the different food tours to see where which one will be going. If members of your office are familiar with parts of the route, try somewhere new that no one’s ever been!
I spy with my little eye, something that is…edible? Dining in the dark is the next big thing in unique eating experiences. If trust tests weren’t enough for you already, try eating in an unlit room, being served by a visually impaired waitstaff. But don’t worry, this isn’t Fear Factor, you’ll always know what you’re supposed to be eating. Before you and and your team enter into the dining room, you’ll place your order in a lighted lounge.
Tip: Leave your cellphone somewhere out of sight. Typically, no light producing technologies are allowed, so this is a big one.