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Team Building Activities

Team building activities are a great way to build collaboration, improve communication, and boost morale within a business team.


Most businesses that respect the growth mindset, and the importance of people, will be looking at team building activities and options constantly.


The challenge is finding suitable team building activities that achieve the outcomes you want.


For example John Cook from Happy Hearts ELC “Team Building is part of our DNA, something we do regularly to engage and build our team”





Here are some team building activity ideas suitable for a business in New Zealand, considering the unique natural and cultural features that we have:


1. Outdoor Adventure Challenges:


Hiking or Tramping:Explore New Zealand's stunning landscapes through guided hikes or tramping adventures. This could be a day trip or a multi-day trek, promoting teamwork and resilience.


Learn More: Great Walks of New Zealand


2. Maori Cultural Workshops:


Traditional Maori Activities: Organize workshops that introduce Maori traditions, such as haka performances, waiata (singing), and learning about Maori culture. This promotes cultural understanding and teamwork.


Learn More: The Haka Experience



3. Beach Cleanup and Conservation Efforts:


Engage in a beach cleanup or conservation project, promoting teamwork while contributing to the local community and environment.


Learn More: Sustainable Coastlines



4. Team Building Retreats:


Rural Retreats: Arrange a retreat in a rural setting, offering team-building activities like trust falls, problem-solving challenges, and bonding sessions in a peaceful natural environment.


More information: Google “Team Building Retreat {your city}”



5. Sailing or Boating Excursions:


Plan a day out sailing or boating on one of New Zealand's beautiful harbors or lakes, encouraging teamwork and cooperation to navigate the watercraft.


Learn More: NZ Sailing Trust



6. Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tours:


Visit local wineries for wine tasting and vineyard tours, allowing team members to relax, socialize, and learn about New Zealand's wine industry.


Learn More: Tripadvisor - Wine Tours NZ


7. Cooking Classes:


Arrange a cooking class where teams can work together to prepare a meal. This encourages collaboration, creativity, and communication.


Learn More: Wick Nixon Cooking Events



8. Escape Room Challenges:


Participate in an escape room challenge, where teams must work together to solve puzzles and escape within a set time frame, promoting problem-solving and teamwork.



9. Sports Day:


Organize a sports day with various team sports like soccer, touch rugby, or a relay race. Sports activities encourage team bonding and healthy competition.



10. Art and Craft Workshops:


Host art or craft workshops where teams work together to create a collaborative piece of art or craft. This encourages creativity and teamwork.



11. Quiz or Trivia Night:


Host a quiz or trivia night with questions related to New Zealand culture, history, and your industry. This fosters friendly competition and knowledge sharing. Alternatively consider our Murder Mystery nights as an option!



12. Volunteer Work:


Engage in a volunteer activity such as helping at a local community center, supporting a charity event, or assisting in a community garden. This promotes teamwork and a sense of giving back.


Learn More: Volunteering NZ



Planning a successful team building day involves careful consideration of various factors to ensure the event meets its objectives and resonates well with your team.


Here are some important considerations:


1. Understand Objectives and Goals:


Clearly define the purpose of the team building day. Is it to improve communication, foster collaboration, enhance problem-solving skills, boost morale, or address specific team challenges?


2. Know Your Team:


Understand the interests, preferences, and physical abilities of your team members. Consider their diverse backgrounds and tailor activities that are inclusive and engaging for everyone.


3. Choose Suitable Activities:


Select activities that align with your objectives and are appropriate for the team. Consider the location, size of the team, time available, and budget when choosing activities.


4. Consider Location and Logistics:


Choose a venue that is easily accessible and suitable for the activities planned. Ensure the location has necessary facilities and equipment. Plan transportation if needed.


5. Time Management:


Allocate appropriate time for each activity to ensure a well-structured schedule. Allow some flexibility for unforeseen circumstances or if an activity takes longer than expected.


6. Safety and Risk Assessment:


Prioritise the safety of participants. Assess the risks associated with each activity and put safety measures in place. Consider working with professionals or guides for outdoor or adventure activities.


7. Budget Management:


Establish a clear budget for the team building day. Consider costs for venue rental, activities, meals, transportation, and any additional expenses. Stay within the allocated budget.


8. Communication and Expectations:


Clearly communicate the purpose, agenda, and expectations of the team building day to all participants well in advance. Address any concerns and ensure everyone is on the same page.


9. Facilitators and Guides:


If needed, engage skilled facilitators or guides to lead specific activities. They can ensure the activities run smoothly and help debrief the team afterward for maximum learning and growth.


10. Feedback and Evaluation:


Plan for a feedback mechanism to gather insights from team members about their experiences and perceptions of the team building day. Use this feedback to improve future events.


11. Inclusivity and Accessibility:


Ensure that all team members can participate comfortably. Choose activities that are accessible to everyone, regardless of physical abilities or other limitations.


12. Cater to Individual Preferences:


Provide options for activities, considering that team members might have different preferences for outdoor vs. indoor activities, physical vs. mental challenges, etc.


13. Weather Contingency Plans:


If activities are planned outdoors, have contingency plans for adverse weather conditions to ensure the event can still proceed smoothly.


14. Follow-Up and Integration:


Have a plan for integrating the lessons learned from the team building day into the workplace. Discuss and reinforce these lessons during regular team meetings.



Team building activities can help a company achieve a variety of important goals, ultimately contributing to a more cohesive, effective, and motivated team.


Here are several potential outcomes a company can hope to achieve by running team building activities:


1. Improved Communication:


Team building activities often require effective communication and collaboration. By engaging in such activities, team members can enhance their communication skills, learn how to listen actively, and understand each other's perspectives.


2. Enhanced Team Collaboration and Cooperation:


Through team building exercises, individuals learn to work together toward a common goal, promoting collaboration and cooperation. This can improve teamwork and the ability to harness collective strengths.


3. Increased Trust and Bonding:


Team building activities foster trust among team members as they rely on each other to complete tasks or overcome challenges. This trust can extend beyond the activity and positively impact workplace relationships.


4. Boosted Morale and Employee Engagement:


Engaging and enjoyable team building activities can boost team morale and overall job satisfaction. Employees are likely to feel valued and appreciated, leading to higher levels of engagement and productivity.


5. Identification of Strengths and Weaknesses:


Team building activities can help identify individual and team strengths and weaknesses. Understanding these can assist in assigning roles within the team more effectively and improving overall team performance.


6. Problem-Solving Skills:


Many team building activities require participants to solve problems and think creatively. These exercises can enhance problem-solving skills and encourage individuals to approach challenges in a more innovative and effective manner.


7. Stress Reduction and Wellbeing:


Team building activities can serve as stress relievers and provide a break from routine work. A fun and engaging day can boost employee morale and contribute to a positive work environment, enhancing overall employee wellbeing.


8. Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity Appreciation:


Team building activities can bring team members from diverse backgrounds and cultures together, promoting understanding, tolerance, and appreciation for differences.


9. Alignment with Company Values and Goals:


Well-planned team building activities can align with the company's values, mission, and goals. They can help reinforce these values and ensure everyone understands and works towards the company's vision.


10. Leadership Development:


Some team building activities provide opportunities for emerging leaders to showcase their abilities, allowing the organization to identify potential future leaders and develop leadership skills within the team.


11. Better Conflict Resolution:


By participating in team building activities, individuals may learn conflict resolution skills and strategies to manage disagreements effectively, improving workplace relationships and productivity.


12. Retention and Recruitment:


A positive team culture and strong relationships established through team building activities can contribute to employee retention and attraction of new talent. Employees are more likely to stay with a company where they feel a sense of belonging and camaraderie.


In summary, team building activities can lead to a more cohesive and efficient team, foster a positive workplace culture, and contribute to the overall success and growth of the organization.



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