The thought of socializing with co-workers outside of the office might not appeal to most employees. Therefore, it’s imperative that employers get creative when planning a successful team-building event. Here are some fun activities to consider or your next corporate event that will help break the ice, inspire group participation, and maybe earn a few laughs.
Trampoline Park – While more commonly associated with children’s birthday parties, a trampoline park can be a great place to hold a company event. After all, bouncing around a room full of trampolines is a great way for employees to relive some built-up work-week stress. Most trampoline parks also offer competitive dodgeball tournaments which help to hone soft skills such as decisiveness and ducking.
Escape Rooms – Gathering your employees together and trapping them in tighter-than-normal quarters may sound like the stuff of nightmares, and yet, escape rooms have become a popular option for team-building events. As they say, “teamwork makes the dream work” — especially if that shared dream is escaping a locked room with your boss.
Painting Class – A night of painting will allow your employees to tap into their creative side. Plus, most painting classes serve wine.
Cooking Class – The success of cooking competition reality shows prove that people love food and food-related challenges. A timed cook-off is a great way for teams to learn how to work together under pressure by baking something from scratch, and then eating their creation. The results can be both hilarious and delicious.
Karaoke Night – A high-energy night of singing is a great way for co-workers to bond and let off steam as they sing along to their favorite songs. Plus, almost every office has an employee with an impressive hidden talent just waiting to be unleashed, so perhaps the best option is to just let your staff provide the entertainment themselves.
Contests and Competitions – A little friendly competition in the form of a scavenger hunt, round of office trivia, or board game tournament can really liven up your corporate event. Offering gift cards or intangible benefits as door prizes will also go a long way toward motivating employee participation.
Volunteering – While participatory activities and games are a fun way to get your employees to interact, providing your employees the opportunity to give back to their community is a much more fulfilling, rewarding, and important use of their time. Registering your team to volunteer at a local food pantry or shelter is a great way for them to exercise their communicative and interpersonal skills and learn valuable soft skills like empathy.
At Jobs Partnership, we are always in search of experienced workers to help volunteer their time and skills in our LifeWorks training program. Our free and innovative program utilizes volunteer coaches to help guide underemployed members of our community toward the career they were made for. Help your employees by helping others. To schedule your next team-building event with Jobs Partnership, call us at 407-641-0755.