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How To Bring Your Corporate Team Closer Together This Summer
Jul 18
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5 Ideas For Summer Corporate Team Building Events

As a manager, getting the most out of your team of employees means making sure that interpersonal relationships are strong. This requires trust, respect and the ability to see others as human beings, not merely the people who are forced to work together on a daily basis. One good way to ensure this happens is by bringing everyone together to work as a team. With the warm summer months upon us, now is a great time to get your team out of the office and working together to form the strong bonds that will provide the foundation for future success. Below are five ideas for summer corporate team building events.

Summer sports teams. Pick-up sports leagues are a great way to have employees build relationships with one another and get people working as a well-oiled machine. Soccer, softball or ultimate frisbee are great team building options because they require everyone working in synchronicity to achieve success.

River rafting. River rafting is a perfect team building exercise because it requires cooperation. People are assigned to certain parts of the raft and given unique responsibilities. Each position in the raft must execute his or her role in order for the trip to be a success and will teach employees that they can and should rely on each other to get the best out of themselves and the team.

Company BBQ. An after-work barbecue is always a fantastic option because the logistics of it are probably the easiest to fit into everybody’s busy lives and because nothing brings people together like food. Have each member bring something unique, especially if it is something culturally unique, and serve it up potluck style.

Citywide scavenger hunt. Scavenger hunts foster togetherness and team building because they require multiple minds to follow and interpret clues, and ingenuity to get a leg up on the other groups you are competing against. There are usually prizes involved for the winners, and revelling in the spoils of a group effort will make your employees want to experience the rush over and over again.

Escape games. Escape games are becoming a very popular team building technique because they require groups of people to work in concert in order to overcome obstacles. The artificial tension that is created because of the “escape” element tends to bring out the best in people, and employees might end up developing a newfound respect for abilities and decision-making skills of their coworkers.

Getting the most out of your team requires that you provide them with opportunities to bond and practice their teamwork. Having them develop those skills and relationships outside of the office environment, independent of work expectations, will allow people to relax, get to know one another on a personal level and realize that everybody working together is much more efficient than trying to tackle a big job on your own.

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