Saying the words “team building” may induce sighs around the board room, but there are ways to connect as a team that can still feel fun and engaging. Do something different for your next team-building event, and you may be surprised at how much more your colleagues connect. Pub games are a great solution for offering effective team building, because you can take your team outside of a corporate environment, have a friendly competition, and hold meaningful conversations. Here are more reasons you should consider pub games for your next team building event.
- Casual environment: If you use your office or corporate space, your team will still be in work mode. This does not necessarily encourage colleagues to chat with one another, particularly people they may not usually work alongside. The formality can also hinder team building by making your team reluctant to fully participate. They might be thinking about that project that is sitting unfinished or an email that they need to send, since they have not left the office. By taking team building outside of the workplace, you will help your team to connect more meaningfully.
- Friendly competition: Pub games offer variety and the chance to get your team involved in a friendly competition with one another. By the nature of each game, colleagues will need to work together toward a common goal, which sets a great foundation for making a point about cooperation and communication.
- Mix and match teammates: By changing up the teams after each game, you can get people from different departments to work together in a way where they normally would not. This is a great way for colleagues to connect and learn more about the various aspects of how the company operates.
By using pub games as a foundation for team building, you can follow up with meaningful questions that will prompt dialogue about what worked well, what success looks like, and how playing together as a team translates into the workplace.