Oh sure … mention the words team building and activities in the same sentence and you’re likely to hear at least one or two people groan. That’s probably because they’re carrying around bad memories of failed corporate retreats or awkward personal enrichment workshops that involved holding hands with colleagues or singing corny camp songs.
Believe it or not, team building doesn’t have to be painful, annoying or even embarrassing. There are valuable team building exercises out there that can actually be fun, rewarding, and most importantly … effective in uniting groups and developing individual skills and collective strengths. But they have to be appropriate for the circumstances, and delivered in a way that urges participation and fosters growth among groups.
So where do you start? We’ve gathered together some inspiring ideas and helpful team building resources just for you. Some are Redbooth articles, and others are links to industry leaders, publications and websites related to the topic.
Check Out These Team Building Resources
Go Team! Top Tips for Virtual Team Building
Get your virtual team fired up, united and working together with these team building tips.
Redbooth User Story: Virtual Team Bonding
How one company uses Redbooth to keep marketing fun!
Tips and Ideas for Virtual Team Building Activities
Lay the groundwork and plan for effective virtual team building activities.
What do Charades and Taboo Have to do with Remote Team Building?
A list of our favorite ways to help you create community within your virtual team without face-to-face interaction.
Planning Activities That Actually Work
This Mind Tools article outlines things to consider when planning a team event, and highlights specific activities to address typical team issues and concerns.
Team Building Ideas & Games
Free ideas for team exercises and activities specifically for team-building, training, employee motivation, learning and development, recruitment, and more.
Team Building Activities and Ideas for Your Business
Choose from a range of themed activities on this Sabre Corporate Development website.
Team Building Activities for the Workplace
Buzzle offers team building ideas that improve the work environment and helps employees bond and get-to-know each other.
Team Spirit: Fun Team Building Activities for Small Businesses
A quick look at four team building ideas to promote fun and better communication at work.
This team-building expert uses improvisational activities, while emphasizing humor and honesty when working with world-class athletes, executives and corporate teams to improve communication and develop leadership. Follow him on Twitter, @steveshenbaum.
30 Team-Building Games, Activities, and Ideas
This PDF file from the Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center, Inc., provides clear instructions for 30 different types of activities aimed at building teams. You’ll also see clear purposes and desired outcomes.
Add to Our Ultimate Team Building Activities
Do you know of any great team-building activities that really work (or maybe ones that don’t)? Share them with us! We’d also love the names of any experts in the field that provide new or interesting ideas regarding team building activities. Leave your comments below.