Team building is important for any company that wants to advance in business. When your employees feel treasured and they communicate well among each other, they’ll be more than happy to give your company their best. And when it comes to team building, what better time to do it than at the start of a new year? So, gather everybody and choose some good team-building activities for better-functioning staff.
Do charity work
Fundraising can be fun when you do it the right way, and there are always those in desperate need of your help, so when you combine these two things, you get some great team-building charity work. For example, organize a bake-off and have everybody baking cookies to sell or give away to a local children’s shelter. Similarly, you can gather toys, clothes and toiletries, wrap them up nicely and hand them out as presents to the needy. You can turn the front of your office into a wrapping stand, so that people can come and have you wrap their presents for small donations. The point of all these activities isn’t to make a lot of money, but rather to get everybody join forces for something they believe in.
Organize a spirit-tasting party
What would holidays be without some good old holiday cheer, and preferably from a shot glass or a Glencairn whiskey glass. Letting yourself unwind over some fine liquor with your co-workers can bring you all closer together, so a good idea would be to find a custom-made whiskey distillery where you can take a tour and round it up with pulling up a seat to their cool-looking bar. You can do some gin, whiskey or vodka tasting, while enjoying tasty local food and finding out more about the people you work with. In addition, you might even manage to find a place that will let you create your own tailored vodka, whiskey or gin blend which you can later show off with at your own Christmas party, or give them as presents to your friends and family.
Have a funny quiz
Organizing a quiz for the whole staff at your company can be a bit challenging, but it can promise some amazing time for all of you. You can do it at the office after working hours, or you can all pack and move to your favorite local bar, but the key is to think of an interesting theme for the quiz. For example, it can be a “2018 in retrospective” quiz, where you can ask questions relevant to your co-workers for the year that’s ending. Questions like “How did Joe end up with the nickname Zebra-rider?” or “How did Sally’s key turn up in Peter’s jacket after the last office party?” can turn into some serious laughter and make everybody feel more comfortable around each other. Just be careful you don’t open some sticky topics and accidentally hurt somebody’s feelings. If you’re worried about that, choose some safer themes, like films, music or the world of Harry Potter. Whatever you choose, make sure everybody is in a good mood and ready to participate.
For good in-office ethos, it might be a great idea to step outside and start sweating a bit. There are many activities that can be counted as physical and that you can do outdoors around the holidays. For example, ice skating is a nice idea for an afternoon or an evening spent with your colleagues, while a weekend ski trip is an even better one, if you can manage to get everybody on board. Physical activity of any kind will help your body produce endorphins, boosting all of your moods and allowing you to create better bonds. Furthermore, the fresh air will get your heart pumping, clear your mind and create a healthy environment for making good co-worker connections.
Unless you get along well with your colleagues and there is respect between you, the company will suffer. This is why you should use these team-building ideas and make this holiday season work for all of you.