Improving Morale through Team Building

April 23, 2014

After a very rough winter, spring is finally here. Throughout the colder months, you may have noticed a decline in productivity due to employee illness, transportation issues, or just plain winter blues. Now that the weather is warming, it is a perfect time to reenergize your staff through team building activities. These activities strengthen the employee bond, which results in increased morale and productivity throughout your team. Below are some common, effective team building activities which require little preparation. Try one today to start the reenergizing process.

Puzzle Pieces Game

Print a copy of a commonly known image, and cut the image into as many pieces as there are people participating. Distribute one puzzle piece per person, and then ask them to enlarge their piece by drawing a replication on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, without ever sharing details of the original photo. From there, have everyone attempt to assemble the enlarged pieces they created into a larger version of your original photo. The takeaway lesson for the group can be that although they may work individually each day, they are all part of the greater whole that is your company.

Two Truths and a Lie

Instruct everyone to write three things about themselves on a piece of paper. Two should be factual, and the third should not. Then, ask everyone to mingle and make small talk much as they would at a party, with the idea being they will be drawing facts from each other. Questioners will be trying to find truths, while answerers may secretly be sharing their lies as fact. Once the conversation period has ended, group everyone into a circle and have each person share their two truths and a lie in turn. The rest of the group will vote as to which of the three facts is a lie. The object of this game is simply creating a fun way for employees to learn new information about each other.