Every manager knows that few things are more important in an office than employees relations. If everyone on a team hates each other or struggles to cooperate, projects take longer to complete and may not be up to par. In order to strengthen teamwork and improve attitudes, try some of these fun teambuilding ideas.
There is one thing everyone can bond over: good food. If your team needs to get out of the office and have fun for an hour, try heading to a local restaurant and eating together. Everyone will feel less pressure to act a certain way in this informal setting, which means people will break out of their shells more often. Keep in mind that this is not a great idea if you have to be back at a certain time. While you shouldn’t take all day, these kinds of events can go over an hour, so be conscious of your employees’ schedules and try to find a day where they can afford extra time out of the office.
People like to be recognized for their contributions to the team, whether it is their work or their positive attitude. Assign each member another person and have them come up with a superlative that matches the person. Hold a team meeting at the end of a day where everyone takes their turn explaining what person won the award and why before announcing their name. I suggest doing this over a two-week period so you can make sure all awards are appropriate and have some form of physical award made up for each person. This is a really great way to get people to interact with someone they don’t know well, and to show appreciation for everyone’s differences.
Many offices are set up so that one individual person has a quota of work to complete and there is little room for collaboration. Teambuilding is limited in these offices, but that can be fixed. Try to establish projects or opportunities for people to work together and incorporate them frequently. The best way to teambuild is to have people actually working together toward a single goal. Whatever you do, don’t limit this to a silly 5-minute game before a team meeting. These projects should actually have some importance and emphasize the need for more than one person to complete them.
Every office has people who don’t get along or who have never spoken to each other, but there are ways to overcome these obstacles and create a more cohesive team. If you want to ensure your team feels like a team, start with these three ideas and go from there.