Don’t let the cold stop you having a team building event. Winter is a great time to enliven your team with a few fun indoor team building activities. With EOFY approaching and everyone working hard, its an opportunity to practice your communication skills, build trust and understanding into your working relationship with your colleagues. Here are seven sensational Melbourne-based team building activities that you should try this winter.
1. Art – Mosaics – Melbourne
This team building activity encourages your team to get creative together. There are two options for mosaic making. Your team can either make individual mosaics side by side assisted by a professional artist or with a bit of pre-planning your team can decide on a design and make it all together. The team must agree on what materials to use and what colours to include in their artwork. It takes some pre-planning and communication between team members but the work is very therapeutic and relaxing. Mosaics is a great activity for getting comfortable with one another, creating something beautiful and communicating ideas and designs
2. Murder mystery – A dinner to die for
The year is 1928 and you are attending Lord Daventry’s party bash where it is rumoured he will announce his engagement to Miss Fanny, however, murder is in the air and you as detective must discover the culprit. Murder mystery is a hilarious romp, perfect for cold winter nights. Everyone in your group is allocated a character and encouraged to dress, behave and mingle in that character over dinner. Packed with double entendre, intrigue, subplots and twists and turns it is interactive entertainment at it’s best and you can be guaranteed you won’t want to go home at the end of the night. The show runs for 2- 3 hours and is suitable for 10-60 guests. This team building activity is all about having fun and breaking down the barriers between colleagues.
3. Bike build for kids
Bike build for kids is a beautiful combination of team building and giving back to the community. Teams work together to construct a bike from scratch. Unbeknownst to the team, a group of deserving children are waiting outside to collect their brand new bikes! This activity is incredibly popular, because of its versatility, the communication, delegation and creativity skills developed in the creation of the bikes and the very special ending. There won’t be a dry eye in the house. This activity can also run outdoors if the weather is fine.
4. Cooking pizza making
What better activity to do on a cold winters day than make a delicious pizza? Come enjoy some canapés, tap beers, sparkling wines and conversation with your colleagues before launching into the art of pizza making. You will learn how to make dough, how to toss a pizza and choose a selection of toppings. A prize will be awarded to ‘The biggest Tosser’, then after your creations have been cooked in the wood-fired oven you will get to enjoy them. Pizza making takes between 2-3 hours and works for groups between 10-50. This great activity encourages creativity and social interaction with your work colleagues.
Let off some steam and get into the rhythm with group drumming. Each person is given a drum and directed by an instructor to produce an amazing group composition. Drumming is a great team building activity, as it is easy and accessible for everyone as well as being heaps of fun. Drumming takes around 2 hours and is ideal for groups of 10 or more.
6. Minute to win it
Minute to win it is a classic team building activity, and for good reason! Teams are presented with challenges. They must discuss, assess and pick the teammate with the necessary skills to successfully complete the challenge in just 60 seconds. The challenges get increasingly difficult so your team will have to carefully select the right candidate to get it done in the minute! This team building activity works on your teams communication, negotiation and risk-taking skills along with building trust and a little bit of friendly competition. Group size can vary between 5 and 500 and is a great post-dinner activity.
When work gets stressful there is nothing better than Yoga to keep your body and mind relaxed and focused. It’s not all backbends and downward dog either, yoga can be adjusted to every skill and fitness level and the benefits your team will get from this amazing exercise are profound. Focus, stillness of mind, calmness and dedication are all skills practiced in yoga that are necessary for successful business.
There you have it. The best indoor activities in Melbourne this winter. Use this time to get to know your teams strengths and weaknesses and ways to improve communication and trust. There is always a time for team building.