If you have ever been the organizer of a team-building event, you know it can be difficult at the best of times! Finding a group activity that most team members will love, picking a date everyone can make, and keeping to a budget can be serious challenges.
After the upheaval of the last few years and costs increasing across the board, everyone is feeling the pinch. As we tighten our belts, many of us are feeling the push to get creative when organizing our team bonding sessions.
While budgets might be smaller and work environments changing to remote and hybrid models, meeting in real life (IRL) with coworkers is still important. Opportunities to bring the whole team together are vital for creating a sense of belonging and camaraderie that leads to better employee engagement and retention.
Team building games can be the perfect backdrop for building trust, sparking creative thinking away from a whiteboard, and encouraging better communication and decision-making between colleagues. These events are also important chances for companies to acknowledge employees' hard work by giving them some downtime to celebrate their achievements as a group.
Feeling recognized and rewarded for our efforts is motivating and a key building block to team cohesion, especially for remote teams.
So what fun team-building activities can you use to give remote employees some shared IRL experiences without blowing your budget? At TravelPerk, we have gathered our favorite ideas for low-cost team-building exercises with options for small and large groups and activities that will appeal to even the most introverted coworker!
Jump on this craze with an in-office presentation face-off. You could choose to bond colleagues with topics such as the top ten funniest office moments of the year or use it as an opportunity to highlight an office hero. Whatever subjects you pick, be sure to have a prize for the member of your team who delivers the evening's best presentation!
While this might seem a huge undertaking, delegating tasks can help ease the load and build excitement for your event. Draw straws or ask one department to volunteer to put up decorations, one to set up a slack channel to sign up performers, and another to buy refreshments, and you will be organized in no time.
Covering everything from current affairs to company logos, let your imagination run wild when selecting your topics! You could even include a round of office trivia! To get new team members talking, choose your teams and have a quick icebreaker game to launch the evening. If you are on a tight time limit, head online, where there are tonnes of premade quizzes available.
If you need to get different elements of your business collaborating more efficiently, make sure each squad of scavengers has only one or two members from the same department.
Whether it's a beach clean-up or volunteering at a local NGO, coming together to put shared values into action is a powerful and inexpensive way to demonstrate the principles that drew employees to your business in the first place.
If you are struggling to get everyone together face-to-face, check out Airbnb's online experiences for an initial virtual team-building activity while you plan your next IRL interactions.
A straightforward idea, a happy hour can be adapted from small teams to entire groups. Plus, whatever you don't drink can return to the reserves for a future event. To keep costs even lower, head to wholesalers like Costco and stock up for the quarter.