Is it fair to say your company is made up of many strong teams consisting of employees who have each other's backs? If not, it's time to make some changes.
That's because organizations can only make it to the next level when employees work hard together and give each other as much support as they possibly can.
Remember, coworkers are the number one thing employees like about their jobs, a fact we uncovered in our previous research. But that doesn't mean that you can stick two strangers in the same office and expect they'll get along swimmingly right out of the gate.
It takes time to forge and nurture strong employee relationships. Unfortunately, our 2017 Employee Engagement Report revealed that a majority of organizations appear to understate the importance of team building: A mere 24% of today's professionals feel connected to their peers.
When workers aren't connected to their peers, how can you expect your team to come up with game-changing ideas? And how can you expect your employees to volunteer to help one another out when it's needed?
The good news is that by making team-building initiatives a top priority, your organization can help increase the chances your employees develop solid relationships with each other. As a result, employee engagement, morale, and happiness improve — making your team more productive and your bottom line healthier.
The even better news? Team-building activities don’t have to cost anything or take up too much time. And the benefits — better communication, fewer barriers, and more camaraderie — speak for themselves.
The next time you have a Friday afternoon meeting, try incorporating one of these three awesome team-building games.
01. Mine field
Can you navigate a mine field? Not a real one, of course.
This is a great and simple game for smaller teams. Here's how it works:
This game serves as a great team-building experience because each employee is forced to communicate with one another to help figure out the correct path forward.
Here's a demonstration of the game courtesy of the San Diego chapter of the Girl Scouts:
What better way is there to get your employees to trust one another than by blindfolding them and let them guide each other around?
Snakes is a great game that's sure to provide lots of laughs. Here's how to play:
Snakes is a great trust-building activity that requires each member of the team to work in unison to reach a common objective. These skills translate extremely well to work settings.
Check out how the game is played in this video by Paradigm Shift:
03. Balloon race
How patient are your workers? Schedule some time for a balloon race and you'll find out soon enough.
Here's how the game works:
Not only does this team-building activity help team members build strong bonds with one another, it also teaches participants the importance of moving to the rhythm of the rest of the team.
Watch the game in action in this video courtesy of TeamActivities:
Team-building games can enhance collaboration and morale in your organizational culture, and there’s no reason not to have a little fun in the office from time to time.
So schedule a team-building session sooner than later. You won't regret it.