Super Cool Corporate Event Ideas and Team-Building Activities
Starting to notice some droopiness around the office? Does your team need a bit more pep? Sounds like it’s time to plan a team outing. Corporate outings are a great way to facilitate bonding with your team members, reduce employee stress, and give them the chance to get to know one another outside of the office. Corporate events should be all about having fun, building great relationships and saying a big thank you to your team for their hard work. And most companies will offer something along the lines of: going for a few pints on a Friday afternoon, a planned lunch, festival celebrations or a day at a resort in ECR. These ideas work wonders for their morale! But have you ever wanted to do something more fun and engaging? Fret not! We have curated a list of corporate event ideas that’ll be perfect to cheer up your employees.
Giving time to support a good cause isn’t just good for the soul; it’s also a great way for your team members to bond. Place-based volunteering ideas include things like volunteering at a kitchen, helping build something, or delivering gifts to children’s hospitals. Skill-based volunteering is the perfect way to stretch your employees’ expertise. It’s when your team volunteers their time and uses their professional skills to help a non-profit organization. It can be anything from marketing to development to writing.
Mystery dinner is when you send a group of folks from different teams within your company to dinner somewhere in your city. The dinner is hosted by the company’s leaders and is paid for by the company. These dinners allow random groups of people from the same company to spend an evening chock full of good food and conversation together.
What makes them a mystery dinner? The only thing that the employees should know about the dinner ahead of time is the date and time. Then, on the afternoon the dinner is supposed to take place, send each group an email with the name of the restaurant they’re going to and who they’ll be going with so they can arrange transportation together.
Room Escape Games
Here’s a great bonding activity that requires leadership skills, teamwork, logic, and patience. Room escape games — Escape the Room, Puzzle Break, Adventure Rooms, etc. — have become a wildly popular team-building exercise for groups around the globe. Here’s how it works: A group of people should be locked in a room for one hour. During that one hour, they have to find hidden objects, solve puzzles, and figure out clues to locate the key that will set them free. And according to stats, only 20% of players actually make it out before the hour is up.
Nothing says “let’s work together” quite like trying not to end up in the water. Want to take advantage of the outdoors? Head down to the closest river for a great summer outing. Many public rivers and ponds have boat houses where you can rent kayaks and canoes — and you can encourage your employees to rent multi-person ones and pair up with people they don’t usually work with.
What better way to get your employees to warm-up than to have them get up and sing some karaoke? You can even have a contest for best group karaoke performance. This event works best for an extroverted group, so if your team isn’t up for the idea, then, consider something that caters more toward their personalities.
Something Embarrassingly Touristy
Kart Racing/ Laser Tag
Nothing like a little competition to bond a group together. An event like kart racing is a great way to get employees to interact with one another in a fun way. Just make sure that everyone pays attention to the safety instructions. Another great way to get your adrenaline pumping is a good old game of laser tag. It’s not only great fun, but it’s also an opportunity for employees to exercise their strategic and logic skills. This also helps in team-building.
Find a beautiful day, split everyone out into groups, and have a scavenger hunt around the city. Your team will feel nice and refreshed after some fresh air and fun challenges. Be sure to take lots of silly pictures — you can even have a slideshow when everyone regroups at the end.
Here’s a team-building activity that could end in dessert or disaster — in a fun way. Creating new dishes together requires creativity and will require everyone to put their team and leadership skills into action. Divide yourselves into smaller teams, pick a food category, and challenge each team to whip up something delicious. One fun twist you could add? Pick a single ingredient that all teams must use. Or, have each team get creative with the shape of their food.
Comedy and improv events are interactive experiences that’ll have your employees having fun while learning useful communication and soft skills. Depending on your budget, you could do anything from simply playing games with your employees to bringing in professionals to run competitive activities.
Board Game Tournament
Organize a team-wide board game tournament. If your team is big, it will be easiest to pick a single game, and then have people sign up for specific time slots where they’re free to spend some time playing the game. Some great games with reasonable play times include Monopoly, UNO, Scrabble, Jenga, or even games using good ol’ playing cards.
Professional Development Workshop
Want to encourage your employees to bond while providing them with an opportunity to learn and further their career? Offer a shared learning experience either at your office itself or at an off-site conference. The activity could be specifically related to your job, or it could be something more broad, like a negotiation or leadership skills workshop.
At BigFday, we have fun in all these ways and more! These corporate event ideas are tried, tested and will surely work wonders on your employees’ morale.
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