Best team-building exercises


One of the first things you may think of when writing out the skills for your resume is to include “a great team player!” It’s a helpful attribute to have, but how many of us actually do love working in a team?

In fact, don’t most of us dread those super awkward team-building workshops we’re made to do? They’re supposed to help us build a stronger bond with our colleagues and make us more of a “great team player”, but do they work?

Well, the answer to that lies in how motivated your team members are when taking part in team-building activities, so it’s important to choose the games that encourage everyone to feel energized, be enthusiastic, and ultimately enjoy themselves.

Here are some of what we think are the best.

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Birthday Line Up

How does it work?

Get your participants to line up randomly side-by-side. Then, ask them to rearrange the line-up but in order of their birthdays (not by age, but by date and month). Sound simple? Well, the catch is that they’re not allowed to speak. Zilch. Instead, they’ll have to use sign language, nudges, that kind of thing.

Why is it good?

This one is the perfect ice breaker activity that is quick, simple, and gets everyone involved. It requires cooperation, focus, and communication (just not using your mouth).

Salt and Pepper

How does it work?

Start by coming up with numerous pair-words (e.g. peaches and cream, coffee and donuts, fish and chips). Then, write each separate word on a piece of paper to stick on the back of each participant’s head. Don’t let them see what’s on it. They then have to find their fellow pair member by asking only yes or no questions.

Why is it good?

It requires effective communication, and it’ll get everyone speaking to everyone. You can’t be shy. We think it works best with food pairs.

MineField

How does it work?

You’ll need an open space for this one, as it entails creating a designated ‘mine-field’ full of ‘mines’ (a piece of paper on the ground ) and ‘resources’ (could be anything). Basically, you need to split your participants into teams, and one individual from each team will enter the ‘mine-field’ blindfolded, directed only by their fellow team members. It’s a race against the clock to grab as many resources as you can. But watch out for the mines!

Why is it good?

This one is super fun and very engaging! It requires excellent levels of focus and trust, making each team member carry out both active listening and effective guidance.

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Truth & Lies

How does it work?

You may already have heard of this one before, but it’s a great exercise nonetheless. Basically, all you need to do is get each individual to come up with 4 facts about themselves – they can be absolutely anything. The catch is that only three of them can be the truth – one of them has to be a lie. Then, you each take turns to state your ‘facts’ for everyone else to identify the lie.

Why is it good?

This activity also works well as an ice breaker, helping everyone open up and feel a little less tense. Plus, it can be a great way for you to get to know your team members. Just be careful what you tell them!

None of these seem too bad, do they? There’s plenty of other games and activities out there which can work just as well for breaking the ice and bringing a team together. It’s all about boosting morale, improving collaborative communication, and enhancing your problem-solving skills as a group. Good luck!