Team Building Activities For Corporate Events
A guide to making fun work, and work fun
Updated on 01/11/17
With goodwill all around, and most members of staff feeling relaxed thanks to the upcoming holiday, Christmas is a fantastic time for a bit of team building. Not only are staff more open to socialising and connecting with their colleagues at this time of year, work tends to wind down in the run up to Christmas, providing employers with an excellent opportunity to turn their attention to company morale.
As Christmas is now just around the corner, you’ll need to get moving if you want to plan good quality team building activities this winter. To help ensure you make the most of the season, we’ve come up with a few corporate event ideas to get your brainstorming session started.
Plan a Christmas party with a difference
Though a relaxed Christmas party is a great opportunity for members of staff to socialise, nothing works better for team morale than a few days away. This year, instead of planning the same meal out or office drinks, why not whisk your staff off for a long weekend in the country complete with a Christmas dinner, parlour games and plenty of socialising?
If you want to add an extra dimension to your corporate escape, arrange for your team to take part in an outdoor activity like canoeing, hiking, mountain biking or orienteering. That way they’ll be able to bond over a shared experience and get out and enjoy the countryside.
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Nothing epitomises the Christmas spirit better than volunteering. What’s more, spending a few days together helping a worthy cause will give your staff morale a real boost and give your team something to be proud of. Contact local charities and worthwhile organisations to find out if any are planning events around the Christmas period. If you can’t find a suitable opportunity in the local area, ask your staff to collect donations for a worthy cause and spend a day together sorting donations into boxes.
A meal out is one of the standard corporate Christmas party ideas. However, instead of simply splashing out on a meal in a restaurant, why not get your staff to make the food themselves? A number of restaurants, private chefs and cookery schools across the country offer cookery evenings. By having your staff prepare the festive feast, you’ll give them the chance to learn a few new skills and provide a great opportunity for socialising.
To make this experience even more memorable, hire a large country house for the weekend and make the cookery lesson part of a longer corporate getaway.
If your staff all have strong competitive streaks, let them work off their festive energies with a few team building games. Activities like go karting, scavenger hunts, sports matches and laser quest are all ideal for corporate team building events. Alternatively, if you’d rather opt for something a little less adrenaline pumping, you could organise a board game tournament or an evening-long computer game competition.
Sing your heart out
There are few things that bring a team together more effectively than shared embarrassment. Help your staff get to know each other better with a night of karaoke.
You can either head down to your local karaoke venue or hire equipment and set up a karaoke bar in your workplace. Arrange a prize for the best performance and encourage staff to dress up as their favourite singers to make the night even more memorable.
Organising a few games, events and outings this Christmas will help your staff to bond and help your company morale to sky rocket. Get planning now to ensure you give your team a festive celebration they’ll never forget.
Whatever you choose to do with your team, don't forget to seek out the best accommodation to suit your needs, you might find that the venue already accommodates for the activities you're looking for.