As the end of the year approaches, you’ll be thinking about a lot of things going on at work: that final report to pull, campaign to run or book to balance. Meeting your professional goals during the final stretch before the holidays can be tough.
We know how hard you’ve worked this year- so don’t you think it’s time for a little reward for you and your staff?! This is the perfect time to celebrate your coworkers and re-invigorate their spirits by doing some team building!
Here are a few group activities we came up with to help everyone stay motivated and say thank you for doing a fantastic job:
What’s a better way to bond than getting out in your own community? Not only will you all work together toward a common goal, but you’ll feel amazing knowing you’re helping others. Here are some ideas for places to lend your time or support:
- Animal Shelters
- Soup kitchens
- Food banks
- Neighborhood cleanup
- Delivering gifts
2. Escape Rooms
Escape Rooms are a great way to use a lot of the same skills you apply in the office (teamwork, logic, patience) while trying out a new challenge. We each serve a different role at our companies because we each have different strengths and weaknesses. This activity allows everyone the chance to lead while others shows support. Escape the room together by solving puzzles, doing math, answering questions and more.
3. Singing Christmas Carols
Tis the season to be jolly- and find out which one of your coworkers has been hiding their serious singing chops! Singing Christmas carols throughout the city, at a local nursing home, hospital or anywhere you can think of is a great way to make those around you feel good and bond over the holidays. Put together a few tunes and dress up to spread the cheer.
4. “Sports” Competitions
Physical activity is a great way to unwind after a long day at the office. For less intense exercise, consider sports like skating, bowling, golf or laser tag. To work up a sweat, you can host a soccer or basketball tournament and see if other teams in the office want to take part. Think your team would rather watch a game than participate? No problem! Football, hockey and basketball are all in full swing at the end of the year. Your team can cheer on THEIR favorite team at a local arena- so put on some jerseys and get ready to shout!
Have you ever tried being a tourist in your own city? See Seattle through new eyes by taking a Duck Tour with your coworkers! New teammates who have recently moved to Seattle will love getting to know their new home, visiting teammates will love to see where you work, and longer-term locals will learn about places they didn’t know about or facts they didn’t know. Ride the Ducks of Seattle will have you all laughing and learning about our amazing city in just 90 minutes.
6. Night In
Does your office have an amazing communal space that needs to get used more often? For a night in, you won’t even have to leave the comfort of your own workplace. Order some pizza or take-out and plan a movie and games to play with your coworkers. It’ll remind them that while the office is mostly for work, it’s still a great place to unwind. Ideas we love include:
- Board games
- Office scavenger hunt
- Office trivia
7. Professional Development
Your employees have been working hard all year to make the company successful. Often times they’ve been looking for opportunities to learn and grow. Help them gain new skills or build on old ones by attending a workshop or conference! This can be directly related to your team (marketing, sales, etc.) or general skills that might be helpful from organization to Microsoft Office. It’ll get your team out of their normal environment for a little while while they still gain valuable insights.
8. Night Out
Maybe you want to spend a little less time at the office and enjoy a night on the town. This can be anything from having a fancy dinner at a restaurant of your choosing to happy hour at everyone’s favorite bar. For some ideas that are a little more unusual, try having a karaoke showdown, checking out a paint night where everyone takes home their own masterpiece or a cook-off at a local cooking school to see who can make the tastiest meal!
9. Improvisation Workshop
Whether your team has a lot of old or new members, everyone can break the ice by trying out improvisation. Roleplay different scenarios and discuss how to deal with situations that may come up in the office in a relaxed, fun way. Foster trust, communication, and creativity by getting out of your comfort zone. This option is great for teams looking to build a deeper relationship among peers.
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