Team building activities to boost morale are a great way to bring a team together.
To elevate your team's output and get everyone firing on all cylinders, you need to work on team morale. While many factors contribute to team morale, employee engagement can promote good communication and make everyone's lives easier.
You can leverage team building activities to drive employee engagement and rebuild team morale. On a Monday morning, a lighthearted team building activity can set the tone for the week and leave everyone feeling energized. Employee engagement improves team morale and can make companies up to 21% more profitable.
By improving team morale, a Gallup study found employee engagement can reduce absenteeism by up to 41%. Many team leaders underestimate how easy it is to boost team morale. With a few team building activities up your sleeve, you are well-equipped to change the energy of your team for the better.
Water Cooler Trivia
We had to start with Water Cooler Trivia. Sure, we're a little biased but Water Cooler Trivia is the ultimate way to get employees talking, laughing, and bonding with each other. After all, who doesn't love a quick game of trivia? You choose the schedule and categories. We write the questions and grade the results. The whole process is automated and seamless.
For this activity, each employee brings in an item from their home to present to the team. This can have sentimental value or just represent something they are interested in. This activity can establish common interests among co-workers and help team members get to know each other on a personal level.
Board Game Tournaments
Get the competitive juices flowing with a board game tournament. Choose a few classic games like Monopoly or Scrabble, or go for something more modern like Cards Against Humanity. Assign teams and let the games begin! This activity builds camaraderie as employees work together to strategize and win. Some healthy competition couldn't go amiss in any office!
Recognition exercises help employees feel appreciated for their hard work. You can do this in a number of ways, from writing handwritten thank-you notes to passing out gifts at your weekly team meeting. This activity makes employees feel valued and motivated to continue doing great work.
Scavenger hunts get employees moving and thinking creatively. You can do this in the office or out in the community. Employees will have to work together to find all the items on the list. This activity promotes teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.
Two Truths And A Lie
In this activity, each employee tells the group two truths about themselves and one lie. The others have to guess which is the lie. This is a great way to get everyone talking and laughing. It also helps co-workers get to know each other on a personal level and offer insights into their lives they may not have otherwise shared.
Start with a word and then have each person say the first word that comes to mind. You will inevitably get some hilarious results. This can break the ice and get everyone thinking creatively.
Office Pen Pals
Employees are paired up with someone they don't know very well. They become pen pals and exchange letters (or emails) regularly. Ideally, you should pair up people from different departments so they can get to know each other better. Alongside the employee engagement benefits of this activity, it can also help to promote cross-department coordination and communication.
A quick round of icebreaker questions will get everyone talking. You can ask about favorite foods, hobbies, or TV shows. This activity helps everyone get to know each other better and feel more comfortable talking to one another. When communication with co-workers is easier, this can accelerate team productivity.
In pairs, have one person stand with their back to their partner. The person behind them will then catch them when they purposefully fall backwards. This activity will get co-workers up off their feet and laughing. It also helps them to build trust with each other, which is essential for effective teamwork.
Water Cooler Trivia is quite literally the best thing to happen to trivia since the invention of the internet. Don't believe the hype? We've got thousands of teams across many different industries and sectors answering trivia questions to their heart's content every day.
Water Cooler Trivia is the perfect way to break the ice, get people talking, and boost team morale all at the same time. And it's totally free to try! Just head on over to our sign-up page and create a free account. From there, you can get the ball rolling with trivia quizzes tailored to your team's unique interests. The more obscure, the better. We love a challenge.
We should mention Water Cooler Trivia is currently offering a free four-week trial. Take our employee engagement solution for a test drive with a four-week trial today!