Encouraging Collaboration with Team Building Activities

Even the most skilled of teams can fall to pieces when collaboration and engagement aren’t fostered. Fundera is here with a visual and guide that will get you where you need to be.

Whenever there’s a failure in the workplace, people are generally quick to blame anyone but themselves. While there are cases where someone else is at fault, what if the problem runs deeper? What if, everyone is sort of at fault?

A huge 86% of people blame a lack of collaboration for failures in the workplace. Essentially, it looks like many teams are failing to function as, well, teams. So, how can you combat this? Team-building activities.

Team Building Activities to Encourage Collaboration

The moment the words “team building” are tossed out, many people are apt to roll their eyes. Despite their cheesy reputation, there are some great team-building activities that can actually make a different in your team’s performance.

Even better? Many of these activities can be a lot of fun for everyone involved. While there are countless activities out there, these are a few of our favorites:

The Toilet Paper Icebreaker. This icebreaker is simple, fun, and a great way to get people out of their comfort zones.

Start by having everyone take as much toilet paper as they think they’ll need. Don’t tell them what it’s for, just let their imaginations run wild. Once everyone has taken their toilet paper, announce that each person must now tell one fact about themselves for every piece of toilet paper they took.

This is a great way for older employees to get to know new ones, and vice versa. If you have a senior team, it’s also a fun way for them to learn some more obscure facts about one another.

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Three Shining Work Moments. Everyone needs to brag a little every now and then. This game is their chance.

With this icebreaker, you have everyone share three shining work moments or achievements from their current job. If you have some brand new hires in the group, have them share some achievements from their previous jobs.

This activity is a great way to show that everyone brings something unique to the team and has strengths.

Common Ground Icebreaker. It can be easy to forget we all have common ground. This is especially true between departments or C-level and other areas. This game serves to fix that.

With the common ground icebreaker, you break the group up into multiple teams. Then, challenge the teams to come up with as many commonalities within the team as possible. Whichever team comes up with the longest list of commonalities wins.

This game does a great job illustrating our shared traits and likes, and can really help with breaking down barriers.

More Team Building Activities to Encourage Growth. No two teams are the same, so if any of the mentions activities don’t sound like the right fit, don’t lose hope! There are numerous activities available, and you can even tweak them or create your own.

To help you get your own teams on the path to collaborative success, Fundera has created this helpful visual featuring team building activities. Grab the toilet paper, get some snacks ready, and gather your team for some collaboration and laughs!

John Shieldsmith

John Shieldsmith
John Shieldsmith is a senior content marketing specialist with http://siegemedia.com.

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