Just because you want your staff, or your team members to gain experience building a team does not mean you have to pay heavily for it. Building a team does not have to cost anything and knowing which steps to take in order to gain a well rounded and healthy team environment is priceless. When it comes to building a team you can either work indoors or out. When you work outdoors you will most likely be playing games and activities that require more energy than indoor activities.
Indoor activities can include icebreakers, like name games and quizzes while out door activities will most likely involve games and sports. If you have a high energy staff, outdoor activities are best. Regardless of which option you choose, team building can be 100% free.
Playing games out doors FREE: Setting up games such as volleyball, tag, scavenger hunts, adventure plans and relay races. All of these games are free and will bring your team closer together these games are able to teach the team members about accountability and being a good team player.
More structured outdoor games can also be played. These games are specifically designed for team building and are created by the government and other associations. Each one of these games is free and able to be played by small or large groups.
Gym based activities: Games and activities done in gyms or large open spaces are also free. These are much like the outdoor games, but is indoor based. If you do not have a gym facility available many schools will happily open their doors for a team building course.
Gym games that some team builders use are: red rover, dodge ball, human pyramid and gum ball building.
Board room activities: These can be played at the board meeting table, or any place where the team can sit. These are more “get to know you” games and can help the team bond by sharing information. This is a free way to create team awareness and trust between the staff and management. This is also
Ice breakers: These can be done anywhere, and are sharing games. These types of small quizzes and questions usually precede the actual team building activity. These are free short activities that can be found through any team building company or website.
Building a team does not have to cost money. In fact there is more free team building activities for adults, then ones that cost money. This is because building a team is not about props or gimmicks; it is about real communication and togetherness. If your team has been holding back on team building due to costs, this does not have to be. Talk to your management team about some creative ways to create and manage a seminar or activity day. The price of the activity does not determine the out come, when you are working with a team it is the determination and the motivation of all the team members that makes the event a success or a failure.
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