Does this phrase make your team members roll their eyes and slip off to the nearest exit? • Most team building activities elicit embarrassment rather than enthusiasm. Whatever impact they might have is nullified by the sheer reluctance of your team to participate in them. • However, there are some team building activities that your people will actually enjoy. Some of these will take just a few minutes, some might take hours. A few will impact your communication with a few others will improve collaboration skills.
Indoor Team Building Activities
Broadly speaking, team building activities can be divided into two categories indoor and outdoor activities. • Indoor activities, because of where they re conducted, typically have a very different character than outdoor activities. You ll usually conduct these activities during regular office hours or at most, a weekend. If you re at a team retreat, your activities will largely be outdoors, not within the confines of some conference room. • Because of this, indoor activities tend to be more serious. The aim is the same to improve communication, trust and collaboration skills but they have a decidedly formal tilt.
Outdoor team building activities
Outdoor team building activities have a decidedly different flavor than their indoor counterparts. For one, you usually do these activities at team retreats. The mood at these retreats is more casual and relaxed than that in an indoor weekend workshop. • Since everyone is in a relaxed mood, the activities you choose must utilize and amplify this energy. • Consequently, outdoor team building activities generally tend to be more fun and active. The business fades into the background as you focus more on helping the team come together and having a good time.