It’s time to leave team meetings and classic ice breakers in the past. The best way to get to know your colleagues while building trust and camaraderie is through new, shared experiences. Whether it’s an escape room, a cooking class, rock climbing, volunteering, or painting; a unique activity will help team members break out of their comfort zones and understand one another. Try out one of these five options, or get creative and plan your very own activity!
Escape a Room
Escape games require teamwork in order to overcome challenges and complete a mission. At The Escape Game, teams can choose to find hidden gold, break out of prison, participate in an art heist, and more. After choosing a 60-minute adventure, guests enter an immersive world that rivals Hollywood movie sets.
Every successful escape requires communication, strategy and skill. Team members will learn about their strengths and weaknesses, build trust and share an experience that will bring them closer together. Playing an escape game will give teams confidence that they can accomplish tasks together. After all, if you can escape prison together, surely you can complete your monthly budget report on time!
The Escape Game has a dedicated team to assist with booking, making this a stress-free experience.
Learn to Cook
Taking a cooking class can be a great way to get to know your team. The Learning Kitchen welcomes chefs of all skill levels and offers various classes from homemade pasta to chicken and waffles. In this hands-on activity, guests learn helpful techniques and recipes that will improve their cooking repertoire.
While each person cooks his or her own meal, each team can work together with tasks and techniques required to create the dish. After the cooking is finished, team members can gather around The Learning Kitchen’s dining table to enjoy the meal they’ve created together.
Go Rock Climbing
This activity takes trust falls to a whole new level. At RockQuest, visitors can train as belayers in addition to participating as climbers. Belayers are responsible for the safety of their teammates as they control their climber’s rope from the ground. Rock climbing will build camaraderie between team members through encouragement and climbing to new heights.
One of the best ways to make memories as a team is to volunteer together. There are many opportunities to share time, talents and energy with places and people who can benefit from your team’s help. At Cincinnati’s Freestore Foodbank, volunteers work together to pack boxes, sort donations, assist at the Liberty Street Market pantry or work on the farm.The various opportunities allow teams to build a sense of community while working for a greater cause.
Another organization that accepts volunteers is Habitat for Humanity. Through manual labor and organizational planning, team members will practice communication and cooperation while building homes for those in need.
Take a Painting Class
Artists of all skill levels are welcome at Chroma Vino, a paint bar in Covington, KY. The paint classes can be a fun activity for team members, as they are guided through the steps of creating a unique masterpiece. Guests have the opportunity to express themselves through paintings, and they will have a chance to understand their teammates’ attitudes and strategy toward the activity. Afterward, teams can display the masterpieces as a reminder of the experiences they shared together.
Go ahead, break out your planner and pick a date (or five) for your next team building activity. It won’t be boring — that’s a promise!