How do I help my team bond?
Not sure where to start? Your employees are a great resource. Ask them if any organizations they’re affiliated with — schools, libraries, homeless shelters, etc. — need a hand.
- Get active
Physical activity releases endorphins, combats stress, and boosts happiness for most people. Organize a day to play kickball, softball, or another light team activity. Or simply coordinate a time people can go for a walk or run after work.
- Mental challenges
Mental challenges can be just as satisfying as physical ones. A scavenger hunt or escape room can bring everyone together while exercising their brains.
- Get creative
Give employees an opportunity to share their creative sides. Painting, cooking, or building something are great ways to spur collaboration and competition.
- Field trips
Getting out of the office is a great way to reward your employees while strengthening relationships and building bonds. Take a day trip to a sporting event or concert, or plan a retreat.
- Problem solving
Challenging employees to solve a problem is a great way to mobilize them, give them a chance to work with people they don’t normally interact with, and provide newer members strategy experience.
It may be a little cheesy, but when employees share more about themselves, they are likely to have a stronger connection and better understand their teammates. Slip a few icebreakers in before your next team meeting and reap the benefits.