Instilling a great sense of team and self-worth in your employees does not have to cost an arm and a leg. This can be not only cost-effective but free! Nothing about building a team has to be fancy or expensive; in fact it can be more fun to get creative with a limited budget. The building of a team has gone through many studies and research phases in order to determine if it really does work. The conclusions were that yes, team building has a huge impact on the way that businesses are run and the way that people work together.
Building your team deepens and creates trust between co workers and management teams; this is something that is no easily gained. The reason that trust is so important in a work environment is because in order for one person to do a job correctly, they will need to ask for help from others. If you want to do some free team building exercises based on trust, you can play games such as catch me, 2 truths 1 lie and human knot.
Learning how to accept help from others, and help others can be a hard lesson for some to learn. Games such as G.P.S games, gumball building and mock problem solving. All of these games are free (if you have the G.P.S units) and can help teams learn more about the way team work needs to be done.
Creating bonds is important when you work on a team, and these bonds can last a lifetime. Team building can help create these bonds and allow them to grow. If you are looking to create bonds within the work place, perhaps some of these team building ideas can help: celebrate birthdays, play outdoor games and hold staff picnics. These events and activities can help your team bond outside of work hours.
The basic principle of building a team is learning about each other and accepting people for who they are. A work environment can never do well when people do not get along or have poor team spirit. Building your team will also help productivity go up, and create a happier atmosphere in which to be. None of these things cost money, and every person who attends these team building sessions will feel like they are part of a community, rather than a workplace. Below are a few more ideas on how to make team building exercises free at your workplace!
- Field games
- Ice breakers (name games, quizzes)
- The wallet game (empty contents and show the group)
- Capture the flag (2 teams are needed)
- Create a group flag ( put staff in groups of 3 and each team can create a flag)
- Lunch together