Team building activities are crucial in assembling a tight-knit and productive team at work. But at some point, the same old team building activities get boring and aren’t as fun as they used to be. Two truths and a lie. The human knot. Trust falls. I’m sure you’ve done at least two of those activities in your career. Luckily, there are companies that are already a step ahead of the rest of us and are really pushing the boundaries to come up with new and creative ways to bring their employees together.
1. Sumo Suit Wrestling
Laughter guaranteed with this activity. Sumo suit wrestling (which is interestingly very popular in the UK) involves you and your colleagues wearing foam-filled, heavy-duty sumo suits and rolling around on the ground like a giant beach ball in an attempt to take each other down. The suit comes with protective headgear that resembles a Japanese sumo hairdo to make things “more realistic”. If you want to really immerse your team in the experience, some companies offer smoke machines and Japanese soundtracks to add dramatic effects. Sumo arenas and sumo referees can also be added to the package. I mean, what better way to get in your boss’ good graces than to body slam him in padded fat suits while your co-workers cheer you on?
2. Cardboard Boat Racing
We’ve all heard of or done kayaking, canoeing, or whitewater rafting, but chances are, you’ve never done this before. It’s a trust-building and team bonding activity bundled into one! You and your team must use packing tape and cardboard to create a functional boat…and then get in to test it. If you can’t swim, you better hope your team built a sturdy boat. JK. Life jackets are always provided. The best part? People of all ages, abilities, athleticism, and energy levels can contribute to and participate in this activity!
3. Glow-in-the-Dark Night Golf
For a new twist on traditional golf outings, try night golf. Cosmic Night Golf offers a bunch of different styles to play night golf with. Bring the golf course to the office, turn off the lights, and putt like crazy. Or set up a competition to destroy “glass panes” (don’t worry, it’s not as destructive as it’s sounds — they’re just foam) like it’s done in the TV show Big Break. No golf experience required.
4. Team of Thrones
With the latest craze over Game of Thrones, it’s no surprise that there’s been an influx of Game of Thrones-inspired team building activities. You can reenact scenes at Castle Ward in Northern Ireland, or equip your team with swords and chain mail, and fight to reclaim the throne. And if you think about it, the popular HBO show actually has some key insights in team engagement. The famous quote by Daenerys Targaryen: “A dragon is not a slave”, tells us to not overwork our high performing employees and to stimulate growth across your team. See? Binge watching TV is helpful.
5. Ice Sculpting
The perfect “ice breaker” for your team, all you need are some gloves, chisels, and of course, master ice sculptors to guide you through creating a masterpiece. IceBox offers events starting from one hour long to a full day’s worth of ice sculpting. What better way is there to get people working together than when they have to work together to express themselves through a big block of ice? Talk about a cool way to boost cooperation and creativity within your team. Literally.
Ok, so realistically are these activities that we can all do with our teams tomorrow? Probably not. But it definitely gets the creative wheels churning and should inspire you to think outside of the box for your next team bonding activity. If some companies are sumo wrestling and creating ice sculptures, you can definitely come up with something a little more exciting than Two Truths and a Lie.