Today we bring you 7 great after-work team building activities that are fun and bring everyone closer together. The mentioned ideas are more time consuming and require dedicated time from every participant.
1. Group cooking session
Prepare a meal together. Decide on time, place and specific meals your team will cook together, buy the ingredients, and put your cooking skills to test! This is a great way to connect with colleagues on a deeper level through food. Because everyone loves a tasty meal! Open yourselves up and build communication and teamwork skills while enjoying delicious meals and bonding. Eating together brings a sense of being like a family and has always been a sign of belonging.
2. Volunteering together
The team can also do an awesome and valuable job outside the usual workplace. There are lots of charity and volunteering events out there that could use some help. A perfect fitting event will bring the team much closer together. Find out what are some of the morals and ideologies employees value highly whether that is discrimination, fitness, etc.
You do a good cause for the world and improve team spirit. A win-win after-work team building activity.
3. Going on a hike
This is a perfect option for employees working in the office. It is time to move your body, enjoy the sun and see your colleagues in a new environment. Plan a whole free day for the event (preferably workday to get everyone to participate). Then, plan a route with stops and possible sightseeing spots or small activities in between them. Now everyone is having a great time and learning a lot about other colleagues. Use this time to positively charge up and get to know each other. It is said that people bond closer together when they have been in more environments together.
4. Scavenger hunt
Explore the city or office with a scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunt is an activity which involves using riddles, clues and completing tasks to find hidden items. Organizing such a hunt is as fun as colleagues completing it. Separate everyone into teams and give each team a starting clue and let the hunt begin! Scavenger hunt is great for building teamwork and problem-solving skills and refreshing from the usual office work
5. Escape room
I think everyone knows about escape rooms, but the majority forget how fun it can be! Using creative strategies to solve a series of clues and hints to escape from a locked room. Get your colleagues together and put their thinking to the test! Escape rooms encourage teamwork, exercise our cognitive processes and offer many more health benefits.
Beach volleyball tournament
6. Beach volleyball
Beach volleyball is a sport that can be easily picked up by beginners making it a good choice for office people. There are of course other sports to choose from like table tennis, basketball or disc golf. We chose to include volleyball because it seems fun, represents summer, freedom and generally, good time. For winter times you can play beach volleyball indoors in an arena. Warn your team to take necessary clothes and prepare for well spent time. Volleyball also encourages teamwork and communication and evokes team spirit.
7. Trip to a museum
Take a day off of work and head for a few museums or art exhibitions. Let your mind take a break from work and let yourself and your work friends relax. Indulge in art, get inspired and free your mind from thinking inside the box. Learn how your colleagues look at art. Do they get simply inspired? Just appreciate the artwork? Do they try to find the message?
We hope you found this article useful and will try out these after-work team-building activities. These ideas also serve as a reminder to improve your employee happiness and overall emotions towards the workplace.