Seven Corporate Team Building Activities that Will Challenge the Most Coherent Teams

Seven Corporate Team Building Activities that Will Challenge the Most Coherent Teams

How can you bring your team closer together and encourage better communication and cohesion? While a certain amount of camaraderie develops as a result of the day to day work, sometimes it’s good to get “out of the trenches” and take time to focus on team relationships.

There are many excellent corporate team building activities that can:

  • Help your team work together better
  • Smooth over interpersonal relationship issues
  • Promote better communication
  • Clarify each person’s role in the team
  • Give your team members a chance to relax

Corporate team building ideas and events are a good way to bring your team together! Below, we’ve listed seven of our favorite corporate team building activities for you to try. They’re not only a lot of fun, but they’re effective at promoting harmony, cohesion and better interpersonal efficiency among your team members.

Enjoy!


Mad Lib Team Mission Statement

What you’ll need:

  • A piece of paper
  • 1 pen per participant

Set Up:

  • Before you start, tell the team to think about what they believe the team mission statement should say.

Group Size:

  • This is one of the more flexible corporate team building activities. It can accommodate anywhere from eight to 50 people, though for more people it’s better to divide into groups.

The Activity:

  • Give each participant a pen. Have the first person write down a sentence or two of the team mission statement. Then, fold the paper and pass it on to the next person to write it down as well. Continue this until everyone has had a chance to add to the mission statement.
  • Unfold the paper and read everyone’s additions. Discuss the various elements added to the mission statement, and see how many unique/common themes there are in what people wrote. Trim it down until you have a mission statement that reflects everyone’s roles and activities.

Total Time:

  • 10 to 45 minutes, depending on the number of people.

Objective:

  • This is one of the corporate team building ideas to help your team “get on the same page” when it comes to their purpose. They were put together to carry out a certain project or complete a certain task, and this activity will help them to identify what their mission really is.

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What’s On Your Desk?

What you’ll need:

  • An item from each person’s desk

Set Up:

  • In advance, tell each person to bring an item from their desk. It can be a common item (stapler, pen, etc.), or it can be something unique to them (picture of their family, bobblehead, action figure, etc.).

Group Size:

  • 12 to 30 people.

The Activity:

This can be done one of two ways:

  • Show and Tell – This is a chance for each person to say a bit about themselves and show off their passions, hobbies, and interests. They can also present members of their family, pets, or friends. This is a simple “get to know you” exercise.
  • Pitch It – This is one of the corporate team building activities that promotes creative thinking. Each person has to try to sell their item to the rest of the group. They have to come up with a creative pitch and presentation, explaining the merits of the product so that the other group members are interested. The group will rate the “sales pitch”, and the winners can receive prizes.

Total Time:

  • 20 to 120 minutes, depending on the size of your group.

Objective:

  • The first activity is all about getting to know the other members of your team, as well as helping them get to know you. The second activity is to help you try to find an “out of the box” way to sell the product. It will help you and your team members see old things in a new light, and will promote creative problems solving.

One Question

What you’ll need:

  • This is one of the corporate team building activities where no materials are require

Set Up:

  • Come up with a list of big promotions or opportunities: becoming CEO of a company, leading a mission to the moon, commanding an army, or becoming U.S. president. You’ll need at least one scenario per person.

Group Size:

  • 8 to 12 people

The Activity:

  • Give each person a scenario of being chosen to do something big. Everyone has to come up with the ONE question that would be asked to determine if someone is the right person for the role or not.

Total Time:

  • 15 to 60 minutes

Objective:

  • This is an activity that helps each person to think creatively, but it also helps them boil down the responsibilities and roles to one important defining trait. It can encourage discussion on finding trustworthy people and the criteria used for selecting people for a team.

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Classify It

What you’ll need:

  • 20 to 30 random objects (the more random, the better)
  • Pens and paper for the group

Set Up:

  • Set the items out on a table in a completely random pattern. Try to keep similar objects away from each other, so everything on the table looks as varied as possible.

Group Size:

  • 12 to 40 people

The Activity:

  • Divide everyone into groups, and give each group a pen and paper. The goal of the activity is to have them come up with as many different classifications for the items as possible, such as “Office Supplies”, “Things Made out of Metal”, or “Sharp Objects”. They can get as creative with their classifications as they want. All of their groups have to have at least 5 objects in common.
  • The winner is the team that comes up with the most categories/classifications for the objects as possible within the given time frame–usually 10 to 20 minutes.

Total Time:

  • 45 to 60 minutes

Objective:

  • This is an activity that will promote teamwork among the groups, as they have to work together to come up with classifications for the items. It also encourages creative thinking, and forces everyone to closely examine things that they have come to take for granted. If the group can find commonalities in these everyday items, how much more easily will they find commonalities among each other?

Best to Worst

What you’ll need:

  • 4 to 8 completely random object
  • Paper and pens

Set Up:

  • Put the random objects on a table in clear view of all.

Group Size:

  • 4 to 6 per group, with 3 to 8 groups.

The Activity:

  • Give each team a paper and pen, and tell them to classify the objects from “best” to “worst”. They not only have to come up with their organized list, but they have to give a detailed explanation of why some objects are better than others. Everyone has to read out their lists, and the group as a whole will vote on which list they believe is the most accurate.

Total Time:

  • 30 to 60 minutes

Objective:

  • There is no “correct” answer to this activity, but it’s a great way to look inside the minds of each of your team members. They will have to justify their reasoning to each other in order to ensure that their entire team agrees with the ranking, promoting teamwork.

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Best or Worst For…

What you’ll need:

  • 4 to 8 random objects
  • Pen and paper

Set Up:

  • This is the same exercise as the one above, but with a slight twist. Come up with one extreme situation (zombie apocalypse, sinking Titanic, meteor shower, flash flood, etc.) per group, or choose one for all the groups.

Group Size:

  • 4 to 6 per group, 3 to 8 groups.

The Activity:

  • Give the extreme scenario – either one per group, or one for all of the groups. They then have to list the items on the table from “best” to “worst” according to whatever criteria they choose. Once they have ranked the items, they present the list to the group and defend/explain their choices of how the items are the best/worst in their particular scenario.

Total Time:

  • 30 to 60 minutes

Objective:

  • This is a creative thinking exercise that will get your team members to think out of the box, helping them to find unique solutions to uncommon problems. It can also help them to break down big problems into more objective, easily-solved ones, leading to better problem-solving skills as a team.

Debate the Memory Game

What you’ll need:

  • 30 to 60 Index cards

Set Up:

  • On each of the index cards, write words or post images that pertain to your company, logo, brand, values, etc. Add pictures of people – not just team members, but also executives and important company members. Make sure that there are two of each word or image.

Group Size:

  • 8 to 16 people

The Activity:

  • Place each of the index cards face down, and give each person a chance to flip over two cards–like the classic “Memory Game”. They get a point if they can match two of the same cards.
  • However, there is a twist: if they turn over two cards that aren’t a match, they have a chance to explain how the two cards are somehow connected. For example, someone flips over a card with the company logo, and the other card has the word “problem-solving”, they have a chance to explain how the two are connected. If they can successfully debate/explain, they get two points.
  • The winner is the one with the most points.

Total Time:

  • 30 to 90 minutes

Objective:

  • This is a fun twist on the classic Memory Game. It helps your team members to learn the words, images, and visuals associated with your company, but it’s also a chance for creative thinking and word association.

Corporate team-building activities can be so important! Your team members are just a handful of people among thousands spread around the country or even the world. It’s so easy to feel like a “corporate drone” or a faceless individual who does nothing in the grand scheme of things. But that’s where our team building activities come in.

We’ve centered them around helping your team realize that they do matter – not just to each other, but to the company/corporation at large. We’ve found that it’s a great way to promote better cohesion and communication, leading to more efficient function as a team.

Have any more ideas you think belong on this list? Leave a comment below and tell us about the team building activities/ideas you enjoy…

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