15 Team Building Activities for the Workplace

By Susan M. Heathfield

Are you interested in holding team buildingevents in your workplace? You don’t have to spend a lot of money nor do they need to be ostentatious or complicated. You just need to create structured opportunities for employees to mingle. You can offer a team building lunch, a team building meeting, or a team building trip just to start.

You can schedule team building activities in the workplace and in your local community for your employees. They are as simple as getting a team together in a room. Here are 15 team building activities that fit the bill. Fortsätt läsa

How to break ice. Fun Questions for Meetings

By Susan M. Heathfiel

Looking for laughter generating funny ice breakers? Some ice breakers are fun and funny, and their goal is to help your participants enjoy meeting each other. Other times, you might want to tie the ice breaker into the topic of the meeting. However, you have a different purpose when you use fun and funny ice breakers to start out your meeting or team building session.

These ice breakers produce laughter that contributes to a genuinely relaxed meeting environment.

Employees who are laughing together are comfortable interacting with the other employees who are attending the meeting. Their laughter keeps the room alive and feeling warm and interactive—exactly what you expect your fun ice breaker to do.

You can use these questions as funny ice breakers. Your participants will appreciate starting out their meeting with laughter in a comfortable setting. They’ll enjoy the chance to share something about themselves, that is not too personal, in a comfortable, supportive environment.

The best part about these fun ice breakers? You supply the question. Your participants who are naturally funny and communicative provide all of the rest. Their interpersonal communication draws laughter and fun to their discussion and responses to these fun questions.

Use Fun Ice Breakers to Generate Laughter

When recommending ice breakers, it is often suggested that you create an ice breaker that will lead participants into the topic of the meeting or training session.

But, these fun questions are an exception to that rule. They don’t necessarily have to lead your participants into the topic of the training or the meeting.

Sometimes, you just want your ice breaker to generate happy feelings and camaraderie. That’s when you’ll want to use these ice breaker questions.

Here are guidelines on how to facilitate and use these ice breaker questions for your meetings, training sessions, and any other work event where you’d like employees to build camaraderie.

Use these sample fun and funny ice breaker questions for your meetings and your training and team building sessions. You will soon become proficient at dreaming up a fun question on your own.

Fun and Funny Ice Breaker Questions

Here are sample ice breaker questions for you to use in meetings. Your feedback about how they worked is always welcome. Use your imagination to come up with fun questions of your own and see how you can develop your own ice breakers.

  • If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?
  • If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you choose to be and why?
  • If you could live anywhere on this planet and take everything that you love with you, where would you choose to live? Tell the group about your choice.
  • What favorite color are you and how does being that color make you feel?
  • If you could choose an imaginary friend, who would you choose and why?
  • If you could sit on a bench in a beautiful woods, who would you like sitting next to you on the bench and why?
  • Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night? Please share why you picked your time of day?
  • If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
  • If you could be in the movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?
  • If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?
  • If you were a city, which city would you choose to be and why?
  • What are your ten favorite foods?
  • If you were a candy bar, which candy bar would you be? Share why.
  • If you were to change your name, what name would you adopt going forward? Why?
  • Are you spring, summer, fall, or winter? Please share why.
  • If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?
  • Share a description of your favorite material object that you already own?
  • What item that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?
  • If you could only choose one vacation destination where would you pick and why?
  • If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would the slogan be? (Examples: ”Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow, we all die.” ”Bite off more than you can chew.” ” There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”)
  • Pick something out of your pocket or purse and share with the group why it’s important to you.
  • If you could meet any living person for a chat over a shared dinner, who would you pick and why?
  • If you awoke one day as a flower, what flower would you choose to be?
  • If you could choose one hobby that now seems out of your reach either financially or time-wise, what hobby would you take up and why?
  • Thinking about the architecture of houses, what type of architecture is the best fit for you? What appeals to you about your choice? (Examples include mission, traditional, colonial, modern, classical, Victorian, gothic, Greek revival, and American craftsman.)

Use these questions and ones that you generate yourself by knowing your audience and what will amuse your participants. You can’t go wrong with ice breaker fun questions. You can trust that when you use questions like these, your participants will generate the fun.

Make Meetings Less Boring. 5 Ways to do This

By Susan M. Heathfield

Meetings are an inevitable part of business. You share information, brainstorm ideas, generate solutions and create processes and systems. The problem is, many of these meetings are painfully boring, which means that the people who are attending have their brains tuned out.
If people aren’t paying attention and focused, the meeting is just a waste of everyone’s time. How can you make boring meetings more exciting so that they accomplish something?

Here are 5 practical tips:

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How to Break Ice. Top 10 Activities

By Susan M. Heathfield

Are you interested in trying out some of my best ice breaker activities? These top ten ice breaker activities are not just popular in meetings, training classes, and team building events, they are the most popular with the Human Resources section’s readers. Try these top ten ice breaker activities out in your own workplace. They’ll make your participants comfortable talking and at ease with the other attendees.
Get your participants off to a good start by using these ice breaker activities in your workplace.
Even in your regularly scheduled, weekly meetings, a brief ice breaker makes a difference in the resulting employee conversations. Use these sample ice breakers to build strong, effective teams of employees.
Instructions and suggestions for how to make the most of these ice breaker activities are included with each ice breaker. Fortsätt läsa

How to Build a Teamwork Culture in Your Company

By Susan M. Heathfield

Fostering teamwork is creating a work culture that values collaboration. In a teamwork environment, people understand and believe that thinking, planning, decisions, and actions are better when done cooperatively. People recognize, and even assimilate, the belief that ”none of us is as good as all of us.”(”High Five”)

It’s hard to find workplaces that exemplify teamwork. In the US, our institutions such as schools, our family structures, and our pastimes emphasize winning, being the best, and coming out on top.

 Workers are rarely raised in environments that emphasize true teamwork and collaboration.

Further, the way organizations structure their systems of reward and recognition, compensation, and promotions are the antithesis of teamwork. As long as employees are compensated and celebrated for their individual performance and contributions, you are failing to encourage teamwork.

Teamwork Can Become Your Organizational Norm

Want to find another way? In a mid-sized tech company, the sales department recognized that paying employees for their individual sales encouraged employees to focus only on their own clients. When the organization moved to a new commission system that divided a large portion of the commissions equally to each salesperson, teamwork increased dramatically. Employees went out of their way to make sure that all customers received the full attention of any available sales agent. Fortsätt läsa

10 Tips for Good Teamwork

By Susan M. Heathfield

Have you ever wondered how some work groups exhibit effective teamwork and others remain dysfunctional for the life of the team? Effective teamwork is both profoundly simple and difficult at the same time. This is why so many teams struggle to get the relationships, the interaction, and the task execution right. Their success depends on these factors. No matter the team or its reason for existing, humans are in the mix, and each team member brings along all of their baggage—for good and for ill.

So, diverse people with different life experiences, different work experiences, and varying degrees of success working with former teams and the accomplishment of prior team missions converge around a new mission.

Given the complexity of forming a team including consciously or unconsciously developing team interaction norms and guidelines, ending up with an effective, functioning team is downright amazing.

You can significantly increase the chances of the teams that you join or oversee to make needed contributions. Given appropriate support and nurture, teams can succeed beyond your wildest dreams. Don’t let anything hold you back as you help your teams succeed.

Teams have basic needs that must be acknowledged and fulfilled if you expect your teams to experience their greatest success. No team will succeed if these basics do not exist.

Keys to Successful Teamwork

These ten tips describe the environment that must occur within the team for successful teamwork to take place. Fortsätt läsa

5 Ways to Make Your Employees to be a Team. Even When They Work Remotely

by Sheila Marikar

”We encourage everyone to do team calls while walking-put on your tennis shoes and go outside when you need to be on the phone with co-workers, wherever you are. You’re going to be more productive. And a lot of our employees compete against one another in Fitbit challenges, so they get to fight for bragging rights. We’re salespeople–we’re highly competitive. That’s how we connect.”

Toni Jacaruso CEO, Jacaruso Enterprises (travel and hospitality)
No. 948 2017 INC. 5000 RANK
463.8% 3-year growth
$4.6M 2016 revenue Fortsätt läsa

15 Quotes to Inspire Teamwork

by Dave Kerpen, CEO

No matter how smart, talented, driven, or passionate you are, your success as an entrepreneur depends on your ability to build and inspire a team. A successful leader is one who can spur his or her team members to work well together toward a common vision and goals.

To inspire your team members, you’ll have to talk to them, of course. I hate meetings, but I love short (seven to 20-minute) huddles to align and motivate the team. One effective way to begin or end a huddle is by sharing a quote. Here are 15 quotes from well-known coaches, athletes, business leaders, and authors that will compel you and your team members to work well together: Fortsätt läsa

Team Building. What Is It?

By Susan M. Heathfield

Team building is the process of turning a group of individual employees into a cohesive team, a group of people organized to work together interdependently and cooperatively to meet the needs of their customers by accomplishing their purpose and goals.
Team building can include the daily interaction that employees engage in when working together to carry out the requirements of their jobs. It can also involve structured activities and exercises that employees can lead. Or, with the proper budget and goals, managers can contract out for facilitation with an external resource.

Internal Team Building Opportunities
With a little practice, groups of employees such as departments, product teams, marketing teams and more can use another employee to facilitate their group’s session. Often the team leader or manager will facilitate a series of meetings at which employees get to know each other and develop cohesive working relationships. Fortsätt läsa

Team Building. 6 Reasons to do This

By: Samantha McDuffee

Team bonding brings people together by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Fun activities that help people see each other in a different light allow them to connect in a different setting. People on your team are asked to think about the implications of these activities at their workplace.

One of the most powerful reasons for team building is to get results. Through a series of planned team bonding events that are fun and motivational, teams build skills like communication, planning, problem-solving and conflict resolution. Team bonding ideas that work help facilitate long term team building through fostering genuine connections, deeper discussions and processing.


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