Team-Building Ideas for 2021
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Regardless of whether your team has spent the past year working online or from home, team collaboration is essential for the success of your business. Seamless teamwork is known to boost productivity, accelerate growth and improve overall results. 

Aside from relying on everyday communication to increase your teamwork, you can also introduce team-building events that will help bring your team closer, especially after the pandemic. These events will help boost morale and build relationships. Take a look at our suggestions below.

In-Office Team-Building Activities

If your team works together in the same office, team-building activities are easier to organize. You can even hire a professional photographer, sign a photography contract, and create some lasting memories for the entire office. 

Keep reading to get some ideas.

Office Happy Hour

A team-building activity doesn't have to be complicated. The simplest ideas can sometimes be the best. For instance, you can organize an office happy hour. If you choose this activity, you won't need to do a lot to get your employees involved.

You can hire a bartender with a traveling bar to come to your office on a Friday afternoon and treat you and your coworkers to a round of your favorite drinks. Another option is to have wine or whiskey tasting sessions. 

If this proves to be a successful team-building activity, you can search for a wellness retreat or workshop on sites like Zing, to help you out.

Job Swap

Allowing your employees to work in different departments for a day might go a long way. It's easy for people to overlook the challenges of other jobs. That's why it may prove to be beneficial for your employees to walk in their co-workers' shoes for a day.

This team-building activity goes a long way toward building cohesiveness and unity. It's also a great learning opportunity for everyone.

Then and Now

This team-building activity needs a bit of preparation, but it's all in good spirit. Ask your employees to bring in their baby pictures. Then post them on a board or wall somewhere, gather everyone and ask them to match the baby photos with their co-workers.

You can choose to play the game in pairs, as individuals, or even as a written activity. Get creative and think of adding bonus rounds, points, winner's circle, awards, and so on. If people seem to like the game, extend it by adding another round.

Remote Team-Building Ideas

Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to work from an office. But that doesn't mean team-building activities are any less significant. So, let's see how you can make your team feel connected while working remotely.

Continue the Story

This might remind you of some games you used to play as a child, but that doesn't mean it's not a great team-building activity. A good idea is to use your preferred communication tool, like Slack, and open a dedicated channel for team building. Then, start by writing the beginning of a sentence (for example, I saw a goat riding a motorcycle today...) and let another co-worker finish it. Keep on going until the story is complete.

You get to decide how complicated you want to make it or if it's important to set some time limits for writing new lines. Finally, read the story out loud and have a good laugh together.

Virtual Ice-Breakers

This game can be played virtually without too much hassle. This is a great way to get to know your co-workers better. For instance, you may have a chance to learn about everyone's likes and dislikes.

Ask questions anyone can answer, or just let your colleagues share what they're comfortable with. Of course, it would be best to do this in a video conference so that you feel more connected.

Typing Speed Race

Another great remote activity for the competitive members of your team is a typing speed race. Use an online tool that will help measure your typing speed and organize a small competition among your co-workers.

You can arrange it as an individual competition first, and afterward, you can create teams. Think of it as a typing speed relay, where squads compete and where you can add up their cumulative scores to see who wins.

For the competition to be fair, make sure to give everyone the same test, as some can significantly differ in difficulty levels.

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