Team building is a term that many throw around without really understanding the importance of it. These events are necessary for workplace growth and company success, but they are often pretty underwhelming. At The Dinner Detective New York, we understand the need for cooperation and the ability to form long term professional relationships between co-workers. Everything that will allow your co workers to engage with each other inside the workplace as well as out is very important to the health of your workplace culture. That is why we’ve come up with a list of awesome team building ideas to inject some fun into your next business event. Here are our top five picks for team building events in NYC.
One of the most difficult things to do as a group is whip up a great meal or bake something together. There are so many moving parts when it comes to following a recipe, and some incredibly relevant team building skills come into play in the kitchen. Divide your employees into small groups and have them each follow the same recipe for something moderately difficult. Your employees will have to work together to delegate tasks, follow directions, and communicate to complete the recipe. Finish up the day by enjoying the fruits of the teams’ labor and discussing how the exercise solidified their skills.
4. SCAVENGER HUNT
A great excuse to get out into the fresh air, a scavenger hunt team building event will test out your employees’ skill sets in a new environment. Critical thinking and cooperation are crucial aspects of any workplace, and those skills can be refreshed in a fun way by following written clues to arrive at a destination. Dividing your group into small units is a great way to see who works well together and how to improve office dynamics. Your employees will need to put their heads together to work through the clues and communicate their ideas to their teammates effectively.
3. OFFICE OLYMPICS
Your employees have many skills that don’t often come into play during the workday, but that doesn’t mean those skills aren’t valuable for the company. A team building idea that brings all those dormant talents to light is office olympics. Making it through the olympics requires that your employees are able to follow directions, discuss ideas and approaches thoughtfully, and can see the big picture of an outcome. Everyone will get to utilize their physical and mental skills to compete in teams and have fun in a way that makes them forget they’re at work.
2. TRIVIA CHALLENGE
The best part about trivia team building is that you can mix it up in any way to fit your group specifically. The idea is that your employees will team up and go head to head in various categories. Have different categories of questions, with one member of each team serving as the “expert” in those types of questions. Members of each team can vote and nominate a captain who delegates category assignments, or each one can be responsible for recognizing their own strengths to figure out which one works best for them.
1. MURDER MYSTERY TEAM BUILDING
If your team needs to work on communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving, a murder mystery is just the idea to check all the boxes. An event full of puzzling clues and suspicious suspects will keep your employees on their toes as they try to unravel the mystery. Professional actors will guide your group through the scene of the crime, but putting the evidence together and coming to the correct conclusions is all up to your employees. Plan a murder mystery with The Dinner Detective for your next team building event to ensure your group is completely entertained while they build valuable skills! Click here to get started.