Team building can feel challenging for a company even at the best of times, and it’s gotten even more challenging ever since working from home and alternate work environments have become more popular. Fortunately, some coworkers are slowly reentering their regular office spaces and seeing each other in person again.
Now that some people are coming into the office for the first time in a while, it may feel surreal. Employees who’ve been working at a company for months or years are suddenly meeting each other for the first time in person, and building these new connections can feel daunting. How can you help your employees become a more cohesive team?
Encourage Social Events: Play Board Games
Planning social events, even casual ones, for your coworkers can be encouraging for those interested in making workplace friends. But these social events don’t have to be uncontrollable parties. They can be as simple and casual as playing board games together.
Many board games have team-building elements, allowing coworkers to work together. With board games and other social events, your employees can get to know each other better, work on new strategies, build a bit of healthy competition, and even become more flexible in their thought processes.
Facilitate Workplace Activities: Plan a Scavenger Hunt
You can also add in a few workplace activities. This can be as simple as ordering cake for monthly birthdays, having costume contests, or eating lunch together. If you’d like to get more whimsical, you can also plan more creatively-involved activities. When’s the last time you’ve had a scavenger hunt?
Scavenger hunts can be exciting for the entire workplace, especially because they encourage everyone to explore the office. Not only does it introduce a little fun, but it can allow everyone to get better acquainted with the office layout, signage, and where to go if they need help from a supervisor or across departments. It can also give team members a sense of accomplishment when they find a new clue or treasure.
If you only work with one department or team, this can also work for smaller groups. While you may not want to hide clues or treasures around the entire office, you can utilize the areas your team members are most likely to use for their regular tasks.
Create Teaching Opportunities: Host Lunch and Learns
Lunch and learn activities are extraordinarily flexible and fun, and they’re beneficial for those who are working in the office as well as those in a work-from-home or alternate work environment. This flexibility is a result of the many virtual opportunities that exist. Now, multiple people can video chat with each other for longer periods.
A lunch and learn allows one team member to teach others on the call about topics they find personally interesting. In addition to improving employee presentation abilities, team members will become increasingly comfortable with a few other skills. For example, they’ll get better at talking to each other about their interests, find commonalities, and even form friendships along the way.
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