When employees work as a team the office runs like a well oiled machine. Over time that machine can start to show wear and need a tune-up.
Whether it’s preventative maintenance or a major rebuild, corporations often turn to team building events. Working as a group in a new environment can help promote trust, communication, and a sense of connection within an organization.
As a company owner or leader, there’s no doubt you want to develop enthusiasm and camaraderie within your own team—but how do you achieve that in ways people are truly excited about?
Here are a collection of ideas for leading fun and productive team exercises. If you’re planning your corporate event in the South Lake Florida area the Wesley Center is happy to assist with your facility and setup needs!
Corporate Team Building Event Ideas In Lake County FL
Everyone loves to eat and cooking challenges can be a fun (and tasty) event. Challenge teams to “win” ingredients to be incorporated into an Iron Chef style cook-off. These team building exercises can include solving food related puzzles, converting measurements for recipes, or race challenges using an egg and spoon relay. Switch roles in the kitchen where the receptionist becomes the head chef and the manager becomes the dishwasher. Let teams taste and judge the final results.
Identify hiding spots for 3 or more caches. A cache can be a small waterproof containers that holds prize objects or clues. Hiding locations can be complex or as basic as having the cache sitting on the tires of an automobile in the car parking lot. The object is to have members follow the coordinates on a GPS device and work together to feel the exhilaration of the find.
Bike Building for Charity
Teams win challenges to earn parts and tools needed to build bicycles for boys and girls. They then work together to assemble the brand new bikes and personally deliver to less fortunate children. This is a “win – win” activity for team members, your company, and the young children.
Military Care Packages
Cultivate the spirit of team building and community giving by challenging teams to create care packages for members of the Armed Forces sent overseas in service of our country. Have groups include information about themselves and your company in a brief video. The gift of ‘comforts from home’ can make a big difference in the lives of military personnel!
A great alternative to physical challenges, employees work in teams of 6 to create paintings that can be used in the office. Teams receive 6 canvases that will be placed together to form a mural. Members must work together to win paint colors and create a design that will flow between each canvas.
Teams use clues and complete various challenges under the tension of the time to reach a final destination. If you want a modern and competitive twist model the event after the popular Amazing Race TV show throwing in U-turns and challenges that also require collaboration.
Corporate Flash Mobs
This team building activity is about surprise, involvement, cohesion, and risk taking. Employees work together to choreograph a routine to be performed by surprise in a public area (or within corporate walls). Members work together as they take the idea of a Flash Mob and transform it into a Flash Team.
Give Back Packs
Every year children head back to school without the basic supplies used in the classroom. Members compete for supplies and decorate the backpack for final review. Giving backpacks filled with pens, pencils, rulers, papers, folders, calculators, and other supplies will put a smile on the faces of both the kids and your team.
These are only a few ideas for corporate team building events. Keep in mind that each and every group is unique. If one exercise does not go as planned, it does not mean that the group won’t succeed. Communication, guidelines, and strength are three important factors which will impact any icebreaker or exercise.
Need a place to hold your next corporate team building event or banquet?
The Wesley Center provides corporate space rental, chairs, tables, linens, a large modern kitchen, and catering services. Please contact us here if we can help!