10 Fun Team-building Activities That Take an Hour or Less

The Importance of Team-building 

Weve all heard of team-building, but why is it important? From increasing employees’ well-being to boosting workplace productivity, creating a solid team hosts a range of benefits. Completing group activities helps highlight each members individual strengths, weaknesses, and interests. This increases understanding among employees and when everyone feels accepted, it sets the tone for a positive work environment. Happy employees are shown to create happy customers, perform at a higher level, and make more money for the business.

In fact, according to one study found in the Harvard Business Review, it was found that the best predictors of productivity were a teams energy and engagement outside formal meetings. This means that promoting team bonding is perhaps the most important investment into a business you can make.Here are 10 Activities to foster a positive company culture (that take an hour or less)

Word Association

Promotes: community, understanding

How to Play: Everyone sits in a circle and the first person chooses a random prompt. In a clockwise (or any) order, players state one word they associate with that phrase and why. 

Escape rooms

Promotes: creativity, communication, decision-making

How to Play: Teams will be locked in a room together with one common goal: escaping. Surrounded by puzzles, the first task is to uncover clues to help you solve them. You will encounter brain teasers with topics ranging from logic to sound. You will delegate tasks and think creatively to advance your mission as a group.

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Laser Tag

Promotes: communication

How to Play: Most laser tag games involve at least two teams. You can plan a game at home or book one nearby. Typically, players are equipped with laser guns and beam-detecting armor. The goal is to shoot the other teams targets strategically so that your team is the last one standing.

Two Truths and a Lie

Promotes: community, understanding

How to Play: Everyone sits in a circle. In a clockwise (or any) order, players state three statements about themself. Two statements are truths while one is a lie. The other players then attempt to guess the lie. 

Speed Networking

Promotes: community, understanding

How to Play: Prepare a short list of get-to-know-you questions. Form two equal lines of people that face each other. Then, start a timer giving the players a couple of minutes to discuss each question. When the timer beeps, one line moves down one person, and the process repeats.

Scavenger Hunt

Promotes: community, communication, creativity

How to Play: Prepare and distribute a list of objects that are to be found. This can be done in teams or individually. Establish the search perimeter and the players’ time to find the objects.

Minefield

Promotes: communication, trust

How to Play: Set up a start and finish line. Scatter random objects on the floor and split the group into partner players. One will be blindfolded and unable to talk while the other will give directions and be the eyes. The goal is for the blindfolded person to cross the finish line without coming into contact with the objects. 

Picnic

Promotes: community

How to: For a relaxing get-together, have the team establish a location where theyd like to hold the picnic. Each person can contribute to the setup by bringing food, blankets, or grilling.

Ziplining

Promotes: community

How to: If youre looking for a thrilling activity, book a ziplining reservation for your group. Once everyone is equipped, they zip down a wire through beautiful scenery. This perfect outdoor activity combines natures views with a boost in adrenaline.

Shark Tank

Promotes: creativity, communication

How to Play: Youll emulate the reality TV show Shark Tank in this game. Pick 4-6 people to be the investor sharks and split the rest into teams of 2-6. The teams must develop a unique product and pitch it to the sharks. The team that earns the most investment wins.