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October 16, 2017 | 6 min read
These 6 effective team-building activities are sure to please the crowd and make your office feel like a family. We know you’re busy, so we made sure all these activities are super easy to organize, and oh — did we mention they’re totally budget friendly!? Don’t worry, we got your back.
Essential props: Mugs, caramel lollypops (to use as stir sticks)
Food and Drink: Hot apple cider+spiced rum (optional), or your favorite selection of hard apple cider
What to wear: Cozy sweaters. Don’t forget to take photos!
What to do: Bring the “Empathy Coach,” Chris Schembra, to give a talk while people enjoy their drinks. Chris will warm the soul of your office like a cup of hot cider!
His revolutionary program was designed SPECIFICALLY to reignite employee engagement and be the jumper cables to creative collaboration. You’ll discover things about each other that will bring the team closer together and result in people feel less isolated, more connected, and more fulfilled at work.
Perfect for the holidays!
This fun game is reminiscent of Charlie Brown’s great pumpkin bowling game; but don’t be fooled. This isn’t just for kids! It’s sure to get everyone laughing. Up the stakes by holding a tournament and keeping score for a small prize at the end (say, a $10 Starbucks gift card?)
Essential props: 2–3 tiny roundish pumpkins. Alternatively, this can be played with bigger “pins” (use 2-liter Coke bottles) and bigger pumpkins if your office has a hallway to play in. If not, the table-top version works just as well. Here’s the trick: the lumpier the pumpkin, the funnier the game!
Food and drink: You guessed it… Pumpkin Pie (store-bought is fine, but even better is to encourage your team to show off by bringing in their own home-made pies!)
Get into the Autumn spirit with a lunch break filled with beloved childhood treats.
Essential props: Candles to create atmosphere. Just light them and set them on tables where you’ll be sitting.
Food and drink: S’mores: graham crackers, Nutella, marshmallows. For a healthier S’more, include options like strawberries, bananas, berries, and dark chocolate. There are 3 ways to deal with roasting the marshmallows:
What to wear: Tell everyone in advance to wear plaid shirts and other camp-inspired garb.
What to play: UNO! This beloved children’s game will light up your office! If you can’t get a hold of an UNO deck, go around the table and ask everyone to share their best camping memory/campfire story as get-to-know-you game.
How it works: This is thanksgiving’s version of Secret Santa.
Post these on the wall anonymously over the course of a week, and at the end of the week, have a happy-hour event to reveal who wrote what!
A recent study from Stanford University showed that both our mood and our mental power is directly linked to physical activity. There is also research from Leeds Metropolitan University suggesting that exercise during regular work hours boosts performance!
The perfect solution: Banish the perils of sitting with yoga expert Andrew Abaria. You’ll be aching to stand up and stretch after Andrew explains the health benefits of moving around! He’ll lead you in a 45 minute stretching class that will leave your team with a daily action plan for better health and productivity at the office.: Banish the perils of sitting with yoga expert Andrew Abaria. You’ll be aching to stand up and stretch after Andrew explains the health benefits of moving around! He’ll lead you in a 45 minute stretching class that will leave your team with a daily action plan for better health and productivity at the office.
No yoga mats or special outfits required…this can be done in a suit and tie at your own desk!
Food and drink: Hot cocoa, mini marshmallows, Oreo cookie crumble, sprinkles, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, Bailey’s, Peppermint Schnapps, and a LOT of whipped cream.: Hot cocoa, mini marshmallows, Oreo cookie crumble, sprinkles, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, Bailey’s, Peppermint Schnapps, and a LOT of whipped cream.
What to do: Bring a fascinating and relevant speaker to engage your team while they sip their cocoa.
Meditation expert Emily Fletcher will excite and motivate your team as she teaches how to stress less and do more this holiday season. You’ll learn meditation to be happier at work and mentally prepared to take on a busy holiday season! Emily’s magnetic teaching style will leave your team energized, motivated, and refreshed.