It is important for employers not to underestimate how team building games can drastically alter the way their business operates internally. Team games help to improve company efficiency in many ways; by strengthening employee relationships, improving decision making capabilities, improving communication and helping to make an organization feel less impersonal. It can also give employers an opportunity to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of their employees individually and also their cohesiveness as a functioning group. An essential benefit of teamwork like this is the way it transforms elements that could be perceived as obstacles into surmountable and achievable challenges. There are many different types of team building games on offer out there for businesses. A few ideas have been outlined below.
Popular indoor team building games includes games revolving around a series of wooden blocks. These games mimic many business operations and decisions such as shareholder scenarios and trade deals, as well as other tasks for employees to puzzle over that help with collaboration skills, highlighting the importance of compromise.
There are many fun and inventive team games outdoors, including games that mimic forensic investigations, a managing of the defences of war time England, as well as more obvious activities such as clay pigeon shooting, camping and even the building of an earth oven! Some companies offer Apprentice-style schemes where the members are split into two teams to complete a series of challenges which may see any one of them fired by the Big Boss. There are many outdoor activities designed to test mental agility and team problem-solving abilities, such as getting a team across an electric fence with only the limited resources provided.
A variety of culinary activities are also helpful for team bonding. Such activities include instructing a blindfolded team member in cake decoration, designing multiple dinner courses within a set time frame and designing and creating canapés. Culinary challenges such as these are great ways of highlighting the creative talents of individual employees and the infusion of their creative talents as part of a unit.
Bespoke Team Games
Some companies may be looking to specifically create team building games that encompass various business operations. For these businesses, many centers offer bespoke services that tailor team building games to a company's specific needs. These specially tailor activities can physically embody many of the business operations and allow employees to physically tackle problems and challenges they will also experience in the workplace.