Whether you work in an office setting — and especially if you work with a distributed team like I have been fortunate enough to have done for the past many years — you’re going to absolutely love these team building ideas! Put these to work for you and your team today!
Team Building Ideas In An Office Setting
It’s a little easier, when everyone is working together in an office all the time anyway, to create teams and gather on-site or off-site for a team building event. For the most part, the teams already work together and there is a built-in familiarity at the least. In these cases, the goal is more about how to think and operate more effectively together, have more trusting relationships, and, of course, have some fun. Generally speaking, management would be more likely to support on-site (less costly) “events”. Staff would be more likely to support “events” during business hours since after hours there are other life responsibilities to tend to.
While no team building ideas please everyone, here is one that hits on the aforementioned points: wisdom sharing. This will appeal to the more experienced crowd, true. This is an opportunity to share the best secrets. It’s important that the teams are broken into groups of roughly equal experience — having a team of senior executives and a team of newbies defeats the purpose of the team building event. The purpose is to share with each other, learn from each other, get a glimpse into each other experience, and tell some fun and interesting stories.
For a younger crowd, this fun team building idea is sure to please: radio-controlled car race. Also within the confines of the office’s four walls, racing down hallways, in between cubicles and printers — it can be a heck of an adrenaline rush! Definite fun-factor! But where is the team building? First, the team gets to decorate the car. Second, the team has to decide where to be in the office such that they can help a single driver drive the car. The kicker is that the driver has to sit in a cubicle or office, essentially blind to the car or course. They can only steer the car based on the input from their team! Let your imagination run wild!
Fun Team Building Ideas For A Distributed Team
My team is distributed. We have no office. We all work from home…or the coffee shop…or the library…etc. Luckily, we mostly live within about 100 miles from each other. Obviously, racing down the road with a radio controlled car could have disastrous (for the RC car) results! Plus, there are other challenges with regards to the teammates. Since they don’t work directly together on a daily basis and there is no water cooler over which to share stories about their family, travel, toys, etc, there are certainly familiarity issues to address. In fact, there are people in my team that have never met others in the team! Most of our interaction is on the phone!
So what fun team building ideas can you do with a bunch of folks, from many walks of life, with experience ranging from none to many decades, who are largely unfamiliar with each other? For me, the main goal would be to create familiarity, trust, companionship, and even friendship. If folks can feel comfortable enough to pick up the phone at any time and call a peer to either ask for or provide help, we’ve accomplished our goal. This may not be the same for every distributed team, but it is for mine. To accomplish this goal, we’re going RACING!
That’s right! We’re going racing…and I want you to join us!
One of my best team building ideas!
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