According to Michael VanDervort at HumanRaceHorses:
Trainers are often looking for new team building exercises that they can offer to their business clients. Typically, such exercises should provide the following qualities so as to enhance the team-building experience:
- A challenging task, to focus the participants on creativity or problem-solving
- An element of competition to encourage both rivalry and cooperativeness
- An activity that is both difficult and achievable, to generate interest and the desire to bond with your teammates
- An element of rivalry, to create the desired “us vs. them” mentality needed for team-building activities when working with different groups.
Adding one more to the list, activities should also be fun. Creating fun team building activities gives people a break from their day-to-day work and facilitates learning in an informal atmosphere.
It’s always enjoyable to watch people learn something new about themselves and coworkers while they think they’re just having fun at work. It’s like getting a workout by playing with your kids and not realizing the calories you burned until your biceps hurt the next day. Everybody wins!
What other qualities do you think great team building exercises should possess? Please share any examples of training activities you’ve created or been a part of that you think encompass VanDervor’s qualities of a great team building activity.