Corporate team building activities should be an essential part of any business plan. With many team building studies conducted across the globe, the stats speak for themselves:
- 54% of employees say a strong sense of community kept them at a company longer than was in their best interest
- Highly engaged teams show a 21% greater profitability
- Effective communication generates 4.5 times higher talent retention
It is vital that companies are utilising corporate team building to their advantage. Not only will this increase productivity but will also create a happier working environment.
It’s important to make sure that your team can work well together, as this will improve productivity, efficiency and office harmony. It’s hard to know exactly what activities will yield the best results but you should have a think about your employees or colleagues in your company to see what type of people they are and what would bring them out of their shells so you can build trust. Here are our top ideas for corporate team building activities.
Fun Corporate Team Building Activities
Let’s get down to business. Below we have outlined the very best corporate team building activities that we have seen at our venue! To make this blog a little easier to read through, we have split it up into three different sections:
- Outdoor corporate team building activities
- Indoor corporate team building activities
- Trivia corporate team building games
Outdoor corporate team building activities
Outdoor team building activities are a fantastic summer event that will go down a treat with your employees! They can promote healthy competition, problem solving and communication skills!
1: Scavenger hunt
An outdoor activity the whole team will be on board with. Set your team (or teams) a list of items they must find, whether these are easy to find, like a five-pointed leaf, or harder to find like a man in a stripy shirt. If you won’t be able to bring all the items back (for example the gentleman in the shirt) you could allow photos as evidence instead.
2: Corporate team building activity day
Set up a sports day, complete with sack races and a relay to encourage your team to work together and celebrate each other’s successes. If you are a large group, then you’ll have a tremendous amount of fun!
This is a team activity all about trust. All members of a team are blindfolded, apart from one. The role of the team member who can still see is to guide the others in the team from one end of the minefield to the other, perhaps collecting items, without stepping on the (fake) mines.
4: Flip it over
To play this game you will need a large sheet or tarpaulin. Get the members of each small team to stand on their sheet and work together to flip the sheet over, without any of them coming off it. The first to do this wins.
Indoor corporate team building activities
Indoor corporate away days will ensure that the whole team has a great time and will leave them talking for months after!
5: Corporate team building activities cooking contest
Set your teams a Ready Steady Cook-style challenge, where they must make something out of the ingredients in the bags provided. This is great fun and can end with some hilarious results!
6: Improv show
Give small teams a selection of props and the title of a scene. They then have to act out the scene in the style of ‘Whose line is it anyway?’ and see who can get the best reaction out of the audience.
7: Human knot
For this game, stand in a circle and hold hands with other people in the circle (not the people next to you) and you will then need to work together to untangle yourselves and finish in a circle of uncrossed arms.
8: Balloon questions
Write a question on a small piece of paper. The question could be simple, for example, ‘what is your favourite hobby?’, or it can be more complex like ‘if you could go back in time, what would you change?’. Put the paper inside a balloon and fill it up. The balloons should then be blown up and batted around (which is quite fun in itself). When someone yells ‘grab a balloon’ you must all get a balloon, pop it and then take it in turns to answer the question inside.
9: Follow the leader
This game is simple but can be used for a warm-up. A “guesser” is sent out of the room so that one of the remaining people can be designated the leader. Standing in a circle, the participants must copy the leader as quickly as possible, without being too obvious, while the guesser tries to deduce who the leader is.
10: PowerPoint Karaoke
Challenge your team to give presentations for slides that they have never seen before and give the best presentation based on the slides that appear on the screen. The best presentation will be voted by the team.
11: Give back
If you’re not sure that games are right for you, give back by taking your team to volunteer by either baking some goodies for a charity bake sale or by volunteering at a shelter or entertaining in a retirement home.
Trivia corporate team building games
These trivia corporate team building games are great for virtual team building and remote teams.
12: Count to 20
The aim of this game is for the team (or teams) to count to 20 but it’s not as simple as it sounds. One person should say a number at a time but you are not allowed to come up with a strategy – that is, there is no opportunity to talk to make a plan beforehand. Not knowing if one of your teammates is about to pipe up with the next number will mean that you will have to pay more attention to each other to search for the non-verbal cues.
13: The “Suddenly” story
One for a smaller group, the participants tell a story by each person in the circle saying three sentences and ending their turn with ‘Suddenly’, at which point the next person starts their dramatic portion of the story. This should make for an entertaining few minutes and is good for a virtual event.
14: Escape the desert island
There probably won’t be a real desert island on hand for this game so you’ll have to make do with your imaginations. Your team will be tasked with coming up with a way to escape a desert island with only the items they have on their person or with some items they have named.
For a little extra fun, you could pile some useless items (or those items written on pieces of paper) for the teams to run and claim before telling them about the game and what they will have to try to use those items for.
15: Who am I?
Put sticky notes on people’s foreheads or backs of famous people or characters and let them work out who they are using only yes and no questions.
For an extra twist, make the people part of a pair so that once the participants know their own identities, they must find their partner.
16: Corporate team building trivia quiz
Quizzes can be a bit of fun and it’s a great idea to include around that is specific to your place of work, to make the experience more relative to you.
17: Hear me out
Discover how well your team can divide the wheat from the chaff in this game. One person must read from a piece of text in a monotone voice to make the rubbish sentences and important ones blend into each other. Get the team to say what they thought the text was about at the end of the game.
Corporate team building activities – the last word!
We hope you’ve found our corporate team building activities and ideas helpful. We have discussed our top 17 fun and interesting corporate team building activities. We have given you ideas for outdoor team-building experiences, indoor team building games and trivia team building ideas to get your brain ticking.
As a quick recap, here are our favourite corporate team building activities:
- Scavenger hunt
- Activity day
- Flip it over
- Cooking contest
- Improv show
- Human knot
- Balloon questions
- Follow the leader
- PowerPoint Karaoke
- Give back
- Count to 20
- The “Suddenly” story
- Escape the desert island
- Who am I?
- Trivia quiz
- Hear me out
If you need help organising corporate team bonding in Oxford, get in touch with our event planning team. Milton Hill House is a corporate events venue based in Oxfordshire. We provide training rooms, meeting rooms and conference rooms for hire. We also have 22 acres of outside space available that is perfect for corporate team building activities!