Starting to notice some droopy shoulders around the office? Voices like it’s is high time to scheme a squad outing.
Team outings are a great route to facilitate bonding with your team members, reduce employee stress, and give them the chance to get to know each other outside of the office.
And, you know, they’re really fun .
But how do you find ideas for a great team outing? Perhaps you start with a Google search for “team outing ideas” and stumble upon an article that suggests “field trips” and “professional development activities.” Sounds like a starting point, but where’s the real excitement?
Next time you plan an outing for your squad, cut the trust autumns and get one of these ideas on the calendar instead.
Corporate Team-Building Activities, Game, and Exercises for Work
1) Scavenger Hunt
Find a beautiful day, violate everyone out into groups, and have a scavenger hunt around the city. You can organize one yourself, or use an app like Stray Boots. Your squad will feel nice and rejuvenated after some fresh air and fun challenges. Be sure to take plenty of silly pictures — you can even have a slideshow when everyone else regroups at the end.
Here’s a culinary team-building activity that could aim in dessert or catastrophe — in a fun style. Making new dishes together necessitates imagination and will require everyone to put their team and leadership abilities into action. Divide your team into smaller teams, pick a food category, and challenge each team to whip up something delicious. The category could be anything from ice cream, to salsa, to pizza.
One fun twist you could add? Pick a single ingredient that all teams must utilize, like maple syrup or Oreos. Or, have each squad get creative with the shape of its food — you can stimulate pizzas into almost any shape.
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3) Improv Workshop
Comedy and improv events are fun, interactive experiences that’ll have your employees roaring with laughter while teaching them useful communication and soft abilities, like focus and trust. Depending on your budget, you could do anything from simply playing improv games with your employees to bringing in professionals to run competitive, fast-paced activities.
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4) Board Game Tournament
Here’s one style to trigger your squad members’ competitive sides without having to leave the office. Coordinate a team-wide board game tournament. Especially if your team is pretty big, it might be easiest to pick a single game, then have people sign up for specific time slots when they’re free to leave their desks and spend some time playing the game. Some great games with reasonable play times include Boggle, Jenga, or even games utilizing good ol’ playing cards. Don’t forget to incentivize with prizes for first, second, and third place.
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5) Professional Development Workshop
Want to encourage your employees to bond while providing them with an opportunity to learn and further their career? Offer a shared learning experience either at your office, or at an off-site workshop or meeting. The activity could be specifically related to your employees’ chores, or it could be something broader, like a negotiation or leadership abilities workshop.
Company Outing Ideas
Giving time to support a good cause isn’t just good for the soul; it’s also a great way for your team members to bond. Place-based volunteering ideas include things like volunteering at a local soup kitchen, helping build a Habitat for Humanity home, or delivering gifts to children’s hospitals during the holidays. Skill-based volunteering is a cool style to stretch your employees’ expertise: It’s when your squad volunteers its time and uses its professional skills — anything from marketing to app developing to writing — to help a nonprofit.
7) Mystery Dinner
Mystery dinners are one of the most beloved traditions here at HubSpot. On a single night, you send a group of folks from different teams within your company to dinner somewhere in your city( or at someone’s home ). The dinner is hosted by one of your company’s leaders and paid for by the company. These dinners let random groups of people from the same company to spend an evening chock full of good food and conversation together.
What makes them a mystery dinner? The only thing participants should know about the dinner ahead of time is the date and day. Then, on the afternoon the dinner is supposed to take place, send each group an email with the name of the restaurant they’re going to and who they’ll be going with, so they can arrange transportation together.
Optional: Give every dinner host the name of a eatery or bar to invite everyone to congregate at once the dinners are over.
8) Room Escape Games
Here’s a great bonding activity that requires leadership abilities, teamwork, logic, and patience. Room escape games — Escape the Room, Puzzle Break, AdventureRooms, etc. — have become a wildly popular team-building exercising for groups around the globe.
Here’s how it runs: A group of people gets “locked” in a room for one hour. During that one hour, they have to find concealed objects, solve puzzles, and figure out clues to situate the key that they are able to set them free. And it’s not easy: Only 20% of players actually make it out before the hour is up.
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9) Kayaking/ Canoeing
Nothing says “let’s work together” quite like trying not to end up in the water. Want to take advantage of the outdoors? Grab a paddle and head down to the closest river for a great spring or summertime outing.
Many public rivers and ponds have boat homes where you can rent kayaks and canoes — and you can encourage folks to rent multi-person ones and pair up with people they don’t usually work with.
10) Trampoline Parks
Hey, who says trampolines are just for kids? Take your team to a trampoline park for some leap fun and a chance to work off the day’s stress. Many cities have local places with trampoline activities — if you’re in the Boston area, check out Skyzone for trampoline dodgeball and basketball games.
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11) Karaoke Night
What better way to get your employees to break out of their shells than to have them get up and sing some karaoke? You can even have a tournament for best group karaoke performance. Bonus points if there are feather boas and cowboy hats involved. This works best for a more extroverted group, so if your squad isn’t into strutting their stuff on stage, deem an idea on this list that caters more toward those personalities.
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12) Something Touristy
Embrace your city! Pick a hot tourist destination and go as a team. You can even do a Segway tour.( Fanny packs: optional .) It’ll be fun to laugh at how silly it feels to be a tourist in your own city, and you might even learn something new.
13) Kart Racing
Nothing like a little competition to bond a group together. An adrenaline-pumping event like kart racing is a great style to get employees to interact with one another in a totally new and fun route. Just make sure everyone pays attention during the safety lecture.
14) Laser Tag
Another great style to get your adrenaline pumping? A good old game of laser tag. Not only is it great fun, it’s also an opportunity for employees to exert their strategy and logic abilities, as well as teamwork skills. Bonus: Determine squads ahead of period and have people dress up.
15) Painting Class
If you’re looking for a slightly more relaxing activity, take a group painting class. Paint Nite hosts painting classes by local artists at various bars throughout major cities for painting on canvases, wine glasses( like in the picture below ), and so on. It’s a great route to let your team members unwind, catch up over some drinks, and express their creativity.
16) Cooking Class
In the mood for something a little more … culinary? Change up the usual outing to a bar or your local eatery, and try a cooking class. Through a service such as Kitchensurfing, you can hire a professional cook to come cook a fancy snack for you in your home or office kitchen. Between the multiple courses prepared before your eyes, your squad will have plenty of time to strike up a dialogue and enjoy the delicious aromas.
17) Explored a New Place
Few things more fun than get out of the city and investigating for a day. So, why not do it with your team?
For bigger events — maybe on a quarterly basis, when you have more budget to use for jaunts — charter a bus and take your team to a new place. You can all take a historical tour of the new place, grab lunch at a restaurant serving the town’s finest, or take in a local attraction together.
18) Sports Game
Round up the team and head out to a athletics game. What a fantastic route to rev up team spirit while blending both competitor and camaraderie.
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Now you’re ready to show your team a great time while increasing their happiness and creating a great company culture. And hey, you might just be the “cool boss” now. How cool would that be?
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