Whether you have a small team, a large team, a brand-new team, or an old team that simply doesn't “gel” that well, it is essential to improve your team's cohesion in order to maximize its effectiveness.
1. Virtual IceBreaker Quiz
If you are searching for a virtual team-building exercise, you may consider QuizBreaker.
QuizBreaker is a fun weekly email quiz that lets teams learn more about one another in about two minutes every round. It is used by teams all around the globe, including Google, PayPal, and Mars Candy, to create trust and communication in a fun and simple manner. It comes with a free trial for 21 days.
2. Online Multiplayer Live Trivia
Trivia has long been a popular favorite for fast and simple team building exercises. Existing software makes it quite simple to support participation, and it is now possible for anybody to do so.
TriviaNerd has over 100,000 pre-loaded trivia questions plus the ability to conduct live, multiplayer trivia games with leaderboards and everything else you'd expect with just one click. They have organized their trivia questions into 20 categories and 600 collections for your convenience.
You can also build bespoke trivia games with your own questions using their trivia game generator.
3. PulseMate Quiz Surveys
Pulse surveys are really simple and fast virtual team development exercises that may be done automatically on a regular basis.
It lets your staff realize that their opinions are being heard and identifies any unhappiness-causing problems.
PulseMate is our preferred tool for the task since it is so simple to set up and allows for an infinite number of teams and users.
4. The Birth Map
The birth map is an informative and efficient team-building exercise.
Request that everyone of your staff indicate their birthplace on a printed map of the globe.
To make this task a bit more insightful, you could even ask employees to go into more detail, such as how long did they live there?
Why did they move?
Do they prefer it here?
For instance, one of our workers responded that she was born and has spent the most of her life in Sydney.
This can help workers break the ice and learn a great deal about one another.
5. What's My Name?
What's my name? is a super-quick team-building exercise that stimulates everyone's intellect. It is most effective with new teams, whose members may not even know each other's names.
Ask each member of your team to describe themselves by adding a single adjective that starts with the same letter before their name.
Such as “Humble Hannah,” “Dramatic Darcy,” “Enthusiastic Elliot,” and “Persuasive Peter.”
6. Famous People Or Cities
This team-building activity's title, “Famous People or Cities,” is a little uninspired.
The concept is basic yet powerful for creating trust, confidence, and communication – and it's not as dull as its name suggests!
Stick a post-it note with the name of a famous person or city on the head of a team member and instruct them to ask the other team members questions that will help them determine who or where it is.
7. Say Your Name Backwards
Saying your name backwards is another practice that works well with new teams who do not know each other's names.
Each employee must introduce themselves by pronouncing their name backwards, and the other workers must guess what the individual is saying.
This is an excellent technique to break the ice and bring humor to your team early on.
8. Treasure Chest
The treasure chest is an additional wonderful team-building exercise.
Request that each member of your team write down a personal goal on a sheet of paper.
Then, store all the ideas in a treasure chest (or something similar) and pluck out each piece of paper individually.
Everyone in the group should discuss how the individual may achieve their life goals.
9. Would You Rather
Would you rather is an old school game that you undoubtedly played as a kid, but it can still be used on an adult work team to facilitate communication and get workers to know one another.
Obviously, unlike when you were younger, you should keep this team-building activity clean; ask your team questions such as “would you rather visit Rome or Paris?”
Or, “Would you rather work three days a week for 10 years, or seven days a week for three?” and have them ask each other questions as well.
10. Who Is It?
Another team building game that encourages workers to get to know each other better is “Who is it?”
Each team member writes and places in a box a hidden or amusing truth about themselves.
Every secret is extracted from the box and revealed to the whole team.
The members of the team must then determine who they believe each secret belongs to.
11. Lucky Penny
To participate in the game Lucky Penny, you will need pennies from various years.
Give each team member a penny and ask them to recall an event from the year the coin was minted.
In 2005, for example, Hurricane Katrina was an important occurrence.
12. 20 Questions
20 Questions is another exercise that will improve communication and be enjoyable for all workers.
In this game, ask one employee to think of an object and then give the other team members 20 ‘yes' or ‘no' questions to help them guess what the employee is thinking about.
13. Magic Wand
In the Magic Wand exercise, each team member is asked, “If you had a magic wand, what would you alter in the world and why?”
This enables for discussions and comprehension of the morals and values of other team members.
14. Don't Smile
The activity known as “don't grin” is a challenging team-building exercise to win.
Sit your team members in a circle and have them gaze at each other without smiling for as long as possible; the last person to grin wins.
15. Paper Tower
The paper towel exercise is a fast, simple, and enjoyable team-building activity that teaches workers planning, timing, and organization.
Give each employee an A4 piece of paper and five minutes to construct the highest feasible freestanding tower. Winner is the tallest participant!
Smaller teams benefit from improved time management, team cohesion, decision-making, communication skills, and learning outcomes as a result of these meaningful activities.
Activities such as the perfect square, Legos, back sketching, sticky notes, tennis balls, egg drop, helium stick, memory wall, and barter puzzle all received honorable mentions.