Team Building in 2021 – Post COVID
Whether online or offline, team collaboration is not a suggestion. It's a requirement for business successes today. Effective team building is what every company is looking for in 2021 because it means a higher level of engagement, which is fantastic for the bottom line. It can also be extremely fun if it’s done right.
How does this work?
It’s all about engagement. There’s a pretty clear link between the personal bonds between your team members and their engagement level. A recent Gallup study found that close work friendships boost employee satisfaction by 50%. And a whopping 54% have said a strong sense of community kept them at the same company.
What better time to encourage this bonding than over the summer?
Keep your team safe during an effective team-building exercise (onsite or outdoors)
For all events, I suggest that a clean and sanitary space is paramount. High touch items and areas should be regularly sanitized, and appropriate protective gear such as face masks should be readily available to any employee who wants to use it.
As always, any team member who is feeling under the weather should be encouraged to stay home but should stay engaged via online team building options.
Here’s the best part – team building events don’t have to be boring and lame!
When it comes to team-building exercises, the key is to be creative and receptive to employee suggestions. Feel free to test what works or what doesn’t, or have employees vote on what activities they’d like to try first. From smaller team outings to talent shows and one-minute time-outs – There are many ways to get your employees on-board and involved.
Here are the best 5 team-building activities for your remote workforce for 2021:-
- Treasure Hunt - Whether as a casual event or as your next office team builder, a well-planned treasure hunt can be insanely fun. It’s great way of building trust in teams, and doing something fun at the same time.
Our facilitator sets a list of items and has team members find them locally. Amongst being one of our most popular programs, treasure hunt is a lot of fun and will no doubt become a talking point amongst your team for a very long time.
- What’s My Name?
You might have seen this game played before. It goes by different names, and the more people who play, the better it is.
What's My Name is an activity where each player is assigned the name of a person - dead or alive - and displays that name on their back such that only the other players can read the name. You can write these names on index cards or Post-it notes. Once everyone has been assigned a name, the players mingle with one another, asking as many questions about their own hidden identity until they correctly guess who they are.
- Building Blocks
Using a set of construction items, the team captain will direct his team-members to recreate an object or structure that he is given by the facilitator. Each group has their building blocks. The objective is to work with all team members and keep communicating with them until the group is confident they have recreated the item. The first group to recreate it, wins!
Not only does this game help employees practice project management, leadership skills and communication, but it shows you how to accomplish tasks using input from a variety of sources. It's also just a fun way to see how good your team-members are at retaining information.
- Memory Foam
Here's a professional spin on the 1960s game show. The original game show, called Concentration. The facilitator puts numbered tiles up on the floor, each tile with an identical tile somewhere else. Over time, as contestants opened up more tiles, they had the opportunity select tiles they knew would match up and win the prize written on the back.
Companies can have a field day putting logos, slogans, and company names on the back of their own tiles and having players match up every piece of the brand. As your business grows, you can even put the names of your own products, employees, and job titles on the backs of your tiles to see how well your team-members know the company they work for.
- The Tower of Piza
Chances are, you have played this in school or summer camp. The Tower of Piza is a team building tradition that challenges teams to create structures with a given set of specific items they can use to build the structure that go up in height, doesn’t fall and nothing more.
Straws, newspaper, tape, and cardboard are just some common items provided.
If you are managing a team, I’m sure you know the true value of teamwork and collaboration. How you use these activities will depend on your goal, the size of your team, the setting and your preparation time. The important thing is to make time and space for team-members to bond!