Team building activities are tools designed to foster collaboration, improve communication, and strengthen team dynamics in fun and engaging ways. Scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, escape rooms, workshops/seminars, art projects, strategy games, picnics, trivia nights and charity runs/walks are some examples. When planning team building activities, consider the interests, preferences and needs of your team to ensure maximum participation and enjoyment.

What are Good Team Building Activities for New Hires?

The first few weeks of any new hire sets the stage for hopefully a long career to come and is a great opportunity for team building to help effectively integrate your new hire into the team. Being newly hired can be intimidating and overwhelming, and employees more comfortable with each other often perform better. Team building activities for new hires should focus on helping them feel welcomed and introduce them to the company culture.

Here are some effective team building activities specifically for new hires:

  • Icebreaker Activities: Helps ease any initial awkwardness and foster connections.
    • Two Truths and a Lie, Human Bingo, Speed Networking, Show-and-tell, Icebreaker Questions, Desert Island Scenario, Name Game, Team Trivia, Four Corners, Storytelling Circles, Would You Rather Questions.
  • Orientation & Welcoming Activities: Helps new hires understand company operations and culture, and build strong relationships.
    • Office Scavenger Hunts, Group Problem Solving, Buddy System, Welcome Lunch, Team Building Workshops, Group Introductions, Department Rotations, Role-Playing, Vision Board, Interactive Q&A, Team Projects, Group Discussion, Meet-and-Greet Sessions.
  • Collaboration Projects: Practical, hands-on cooperation helps new hires understand their roles better and feel more connected to their colleagues and the organization.
    • Department Collaboration Projects, Marketing Campaigns, Community Service, Innovation Lab (Brainstorming), Company Culture Presentation, Customer Experience Projects, Workshops, Case Study Analysis
  • Skill Building Sessions: Helps new hires develop specific skills for their roles and promotes collaboration, communication, and team cohesion.
    • Sales Pitch Competitions, Project Management Simulation, Design Thinking Workshops, Public Speaking & Communication Drills, Leadership Development, Problem Solving Activities, Cross-Department Projects, Technical Skills Workshops, Conflict Resolution Training.
  • Social Events: Helps new hires feel connected to their team, reduces new job anxiety, and promotes a positive and inclusive company culture.
    • Picnic/BBQ, Happy Hour/Coffee Meetups, Team Outings, Game Night, Sporting Events, Potluck, Volunteering, Outdoor Adventure Activities, Team Building Retreats, Karaoke Night, Escape Rooms.
  • Communication & Trust Activities: Creates a supportive environment for new hires to develop communication skills and build trust with colleagues for smoother integration.
    • Trust Fall, Blindfold Navigation, Human Knot, Minefield, Back-to-Back Drawing, Active Listening, Trust Circle, Role Reversal, Group Juggle, Silent Line-Up.
  • Charity Events: Helps new hires bond while contributing to a good cause and engaging with the community.
    • Community Cleanup, Charity Walk/Run, Food Drive, Habitat For Humanity, Charity Auction, Volunteering, Toy/Clothing Drive, Charity Bake Sale, Blood Donation Drive, Book Drive, Care Packages, Charity Car Wash, Gardening.
  • Virtual Activities: Helps new hires create a sense of belonging and teamwork, even when they are not physically present in the same location.
    • Icebreaker Games, Online Escape Rooms, Virtual Coffee/Happy Hours, Remote Team Trivia, Book Clubs, Remote Team Building Challenges, Zoom Pictionary/Charades, Online Fitness Classes, Online Learning Sessions, Zoom Show-and-Tell.

Team Building Activities for Conflict Resolution

Anytime there’s a group, there’s potential for interpersonal conflict. Conflict resolution refers to the process of identifying and addressing disagreements, disputes, or conflicts between employees, teams, or departments in a constructive and efficient manner. The goal is to reach a solution that is acceptable to all parties, thereby maintaining or improving working relationships and ensuring a productive work environment. If a conflict is not adequately resolved, it can lead to negative consequences for everyone.

Team-building activities focused on conflict resolution aim to enhance communication, empathy, and problem-solving skills among team members and organizations. When done properly, benefits of these strategies include: improved communication, increased empathy, stronger relationships, better problem-solving, and positive team culture. This creates a more harmonious work environment better able to handle conflicts constructively.

Some effective conflict resolution team building activities include:

  1. Active Listening Exercises: Enhances active listening skills and ensures clear communication.
  2. Conflict Resolution Workshops: Provides practical tools and strategies for resolving conflicts.
  3. The “Five Whys” Technique: Identifies conflict root cause and encourages deep analysis and understanding of underlying issues.
  4. Team Problem-Solving Challenges: Builds teamwork, cooperation, and collective problem-solving skills.
  5. Conflict Mapping: Provides a clear overview of conflicts and aids in developing resolution strategies.
  6. Team Goal Setting: Achieving goals promotes unity, shared purpose, and cooperation.
  7. Trust Building Activities: Strengthens trust and openness within the team.
  8. Debate Sessions: Enhances argumentation skills, critical thinking, and understanding of differing opinions.
  9. Group Mediation: Directly addresses conflicts and fosters a collaborative resolution process.
  10. Empathy Exercises: Sharing develops understanding and compassion among team members.
  11. Communication Workshops: Enhances overall communication effectiveness and reduces misunderstandings.
  12. Mindfulness & Stress Reduction Activities: Reduces stress levels and promotes a calm, focused approach to resolving conflicts.

Unresolved conflicts in the workplace can have far-reaching and detrimental effects on individual employees, team dynamics, and overall organizational performance. Implementing effective conflict resolution strategies fosters a culture of open communication that can help mitigate these negative outcomes and support a healthier, less stressful workplace.

We believe that as a team, we can achieve more together than by ourselves. We offer customizable activities for groups and companies of all sizes. Contact us to learn more about our outings and executive retreats.