Having a strong team that knows and trusts one another is the key to good business. Teams that work well together are more successful, collaborative, and productive because they have that foundation of trust in each other. But even the most successful teams can use a refresher from time to time. Taking care of business every day can lessen the amount of time that team members actually interact with each other and gets to know one another. So, it’s important to take a break from work, recharge, and reconnect Team building activities are good for strong teams and new teams alike. Try one of these outdoor team building activities to make your team stronger and bring them closer.
This is a new twist on a classic game. Break everyone into teams of four to five people and give them a list of things to find and capture on their cameras. Come up with a list of things in the area to find and collect but also have them pose for certain pictures. Posing for the pictures will make them brainstorm and collaborate to come up with a funny picture to capture.
A golf outing is still a good way to build team unity through sport. Even if golf isn’t your game, spending the day outdoors for a few hours will give everyone time to talk on a personal level and truly interact outside of work. If the budget doesn’t permit 18 holes then try an alternative—take everyone mini-golfing, play on a nine-hole course, or try something like Top Golf.
You don’t have to buy dozens of tickets and attend a sporting event to tailgate. Find a suitable open area to accommodate your group and set up your favorite tailgating games. Don’t limit it to one either—set up as many as you can and rotate everyone in so they can play them all. Depending on what part of the country you are in, these games go by different names, but they’re all the same; bags (cornhole), beersbee, giant Jenga, ladder golf, and Can Jam are some popular options.
Granted, this one might be tough to pull off if you don’t live near a beach, but it’s a lot of fun. Even adults can’t be grumpy when building a sandcastle. Nothing is better than a warm sunny day spent on the beach. Plus, building the castle encourages collaboration, communication, and compromise while dealing with design elements and construction of the castle.
Make everyone feel like a kid again and bring out the classic field games. Set your own mini-Olympics with fun games such as a potato sack race, egg or water balloon toss, and swim fin races. You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to participate in these games—just having a good sense of humor is enough.