Promoting a culture of trust and confidence among staff can boost efficiency, productivity and camaraderie. The more colleagues know they can depend on each other, the more motivated they’ll become to work together as a unified team. This increases their performance output and job satisfaction, leading to long-term retention as well.
If you’re looking to create an environment of cohesion and collaboration, these trust-building activities are sure to engage your whole team.
Group Scavenger Hunt
Divide staff into small groups of 4 to 6 people, and give each team a list of various items or landmarks around the general vicinity of the office location. Instruct them to track down these objects within a predetermined amount of time and document their findings with photos on a team member’s smartphone.
Designate a meeting place for all the groups to converge once the scavenger hunt is over and debrief on how many items each team crossed off their list—with winners in categories like most items found, best team photo, best team name, etc. This exercise shows staff that they can count on each other, even if it’s only for a fun scavenger hunt.
Escape Room Puzzle
The concept of an escape room originated in Japan and made its way to the U.S. in 2012, according to a report by MarketWatch. Now, this popular and odd activity is growing across the nation, and it’s a great opportunity for your staff to build trust among one another.
The idea is simple: Those partaking must join forces to break out of a locked room within the space of just one hour. Inside this room is a series of hidden clues, which teams will need to collectively decipher in a race against time. Solving each puzzle requires critical and creative thinking, allowing everyone to use their own personal strengths.
This fun outing highlights the importance of combining your efforts to maximize the end product—a lesson that team members can practice in work as well.
Self-defense builds confidence and trust among employees, teaching them how to protect themselves and respect one another in a high-energy, entertaining and interactive format. To reap the many benefits of a self-defense workshop with your staff, arrange for a certified trainer to come facilitate an onsite self-defense workshop. When researching your options, keep these important tips in mind:
“It’s important to know the instructor’s teaching style, attitude, methodology and background to make sure they’ll not only deliver a reasonable workshop, but also mesh into the culture of your workplace. Proper vetting is an absolute must if you’re looking for practical and competent self-defense training,” explains Jeremy Pollack, self-defense expert for the Home Security Superstore.
Guess Who I Am Championship
Plan a Guess Who I Am Championship for a fun afternoon office event that gets everyone talking. The idea is simple: everyone sits in a circle and writes the name of someone famous or well-known on a piece of paper—fictional or real—and then passes it to the person on their right. Everyone then takes that name and places it on their forehead without looking at it. Now, their job is to guess “who they are” with one yes or no question at a time.
This helps build trust among staff as they give the best, most helpful response to answers. Break everyone into groups of just 5 or 6, and the winner from each group competes in a final round for winner of the day.
Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunting game: “Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location,” explains Geocaching.com. To bring this activity to your staff, sign up for a free account with the office Geocaching website, Geocaching.com to locate nearby geocaches. The day of the event, have all staff members download the smartphone app, which detects geocache objects within close proximity and supplies the GPS coordinates to find them.
Organize everyone into small groups of 3 or 4, or go after one or more treasure spots as a big group. To turn this into an even better trust-building activity, have just one staff member in each group download the app and give directions to the rest of the group. People can take turns navigating their group to a new geocache.
Ready, Set, Have Fun!
Building trust among your staff members is critical to your success as an organization. Use these fun ideas to bring everyone together for a memorable event.
Guest post by Jessica Thiefels. Jessica has been writing for more than 10 years and has managed a number of employees in her various roles. She now owns her own consulting business and has been featured on Forbes and Business Insider. She regularly writes for StartupNation, Manta, Glassdoor and more. Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07 and connect on LinkedIn.