Team Building Exercises: Do They Work?

We spend a lot of time helping others plan their parties and corporate events. I thought today’s post should be dedicated to why these events are so important.

For example, corporate team building activities; are they just a lame excuse to get out of the office for a little while? Or, can they actually help establish a more cohesive team in the long run?

I’ve been doing some digging and I realize that as helpful as these exercises are intended to be, they are often carried out in a misguided way.

It’s important to have a proper feel for exactly what you want to gain from your team building activity, so here are three questions you can ask yourself to achieve that.

3 Questions to ask yourself:

  1. What are my expectations for this activity… and for my team?
  2. Have I communicated clearly why this activity is important?
  3. Is everyone on board?

Maybe team building exercises fail because we have not communicated exactly what we expect or want, clearly. Maybe they fail because everyone on the team has a different expectation and a different level of commitment to the activity.

Let’s face it, when most people hear “team building” they think of trust falls. It doesn’t have to be that way!

A Child’s Joy Trust Fall

Breaking the Ice

Sometimes, your team just needs a little break and a chance to get to know each other better. To help with that, we found a great list of funny icebreaker questions. Other times, it’s best to schedule a longer period of time away from the office to focus on teamwork and communication, without the distractions of ringing phones and email notifications.

This is our specialty! We are more than just bounce houses and pony rides. We can do all kinds of things to help make your team building activities become more successful. Check out our interactive inflatable games, they have been going out of here like crazy and work well for indoor or outdoor placement.

Something else our clients have been raving about is when we recently set up our “Pop-a-Shot” basketball game inside the lobby of a bank building!

Join in the Fun

Whether it’s a weekend corporate retreat or a fun friday afternoon, let us help you plan your best team building exercises ever! You will be so glad you did. And your co-workers will be talking about it for years to come…in a good way, of course!

Come play with us!

Jim and Laurie Prendergast