Team-building activities put a group’s teamwork skills to the test, with the end-goal of producing a more collaborative and united team.
Unlike ice-breakers or energisers, team-building activities are typically more suited to groups who are already somewhat familiar with each other and ready to understand, develop and strengthen their relationship. A team-building activity challenges the group to explore their team dynamics and test their ability to communicate in an engaging and non-threatening way.
Team-building activities are not the same as a training scenario. Instead of focusing on learning or developing new or existing functional skills, they instead focus on strengthening the more strategic and interpersonal skill-set of a group, such as critical-thinking, problem-solving, communication, leadership or teamwork.
A simple activity will typically include the following features:
The main benefit of opting for a simple activity is its ability to achieve similar outcomes to more complex activities, while keeping things light and unintimidating. This can be particularly beneficial if you’re limited by time or you want to create a ‘fun and friendly‘ atmosphere without it being too challenging.
Some team-building activities will be more effective at achieving the desired outcome than others, so it’s important you select an activity that will be well-received by the group while still focusing on the skills and dynamics you want participants to explore.
When selecting, it’s important to consider things such as:
Take a look at the links below for some of our favourite activity ideas.
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