Frosty Outside, Fired-Up Inside: 5 Winter Team-Building Ideas to Energize Your Team!
Team building is an important element of the successful operation of any company, especially in the field of IT industry, where team interaction plays a key role in achieving the set goals. Team building can be extremely diverse, including games, trainings, joint activities and many other forms of spending your leisure.
In winter, when the days get shorter and colder, motivation and productivity plummet. Interesting events together with the whole team will come to the rescue, they can provide the necessary warmth, positivity and inspiration for further work to all members of your team.
Here are 5 types of team building activities that will help you in the winter to get your team on the same page, improve communication within the team, raise team spirit and just have a great time together.
Among the active types of winter team building, you can offer your colleagues to go ice skating, skiing or even snowboarding. Now there are many master classes with teachers who will help you master the basic skills so that you can hone your skills on the snowy slopes.
You can also make a route for a real winter hike, pass all control points along the given route, and then go to the sauna with the whole company to warm up after the hike and drink hot flavoured tea.
If you want to drastically change the picture, organize a trip to the mountains or even to another country for your team. Of course, supplement your vacation with interesting and informative reports, trainings or meetings in your field of work. Such a summer vacation in the middle of a cold winter will forever remain in the memory of your employees and additionally unite the team.
Another option is to visit a conference in another city together with the team, in order not only to improve qualifications and gain new knowledge, but also to visit historical places and attractions of the city.
If your colleagues prefer a calmer leisure, invite them all to visit together various culinary master classes, where together you can not only learn how to cook a variety of delicacies, enjoy delicious food, but also learn many interesting details from experienced chefs.
Currently, master classes on making chocolates, painting gingerbread, or baking gingerbread houses with your own hands are very popular. Creative master classes, for instance, on making New Year’s decorations, Christmas wreaths or painting Christmas tree toys are also very interesting.
If your team works remotely or is geographically located in different cities of the country and the world, you can conduct team building events online. With the development of the latest technologies, the variety of options for such events grows every year. Therefore, you can always pick up something interesting based on the interests of your colleagues.
For example, to hold team competitions in dynamic online games, to complete mind-blowing online quests in teams, or to participate in hackathons.
By the way, this is currently a very relevant type of online team building, which allows you not only to increase your level of communication, awareness and knowledge, but also to try yourself in different industries and startups.
You can also form several teams and compete in quizzes online. They can vary in complexity: from general topics for beginners to pros. There are also thematic quizzes: New Year’s, movie quizzes, literary quizzes and many others.
And what to do when the budget for events is limited? There are several ideas that will help you have an interesting and fun time with the team in winter, without much expense.
Events without special costs
Snowman sculpting competition, building snow forts or a snowball fight. All these activities do not require any expenses at all, all you need is the right weather conditions, excitement and a good mood.
And do not forget that there is still a child in every adult, for whom winter is a real fairy tale, so it is not surprising that such seemingly simple ideas always receive maximum response even from very serious colleagues.
If your local park has a slide, that’s an excuse to organize another surprisingly fun type of winter activity: skating on lollipops or inflatable “balls.”
It will be great if you take a lot of funny photos or make a funny video as a memory. And after that, you can light a fire together and roast marshmallows in nature or drink a cup of hot cocoa, tea or coffee in the office and share impressions and emotions.
And of course, we do not forget to do good deeds, to help those who need help. Here are examples of what you can do together with colleagues on a volunteer basis.
Snow removal. Weather conditions can be extremely unpredictable and present certain difficulties especially for the elderly or for people with disabilities.
Therefore, you and the team can always contribute to a good and useful cause – help with cleaning snow, for example, in a home for the elderly or in a boarding house for people with disabilities.
Helping animals. You can cooperate with local animal shelters: take a request from them for the necessary items or medicine, and then, together with the team, jointly purchase and transport the collected things, or collectively visit the shelter to help on the spot with urgent needs.
Also, do not forget about homeless animals – it is extremely difficult for them in winter. Make wind and snow shelters together with materials you have on hand, add warm blankets, food and water, then place them in spots where you see stray cats or dogs to help them stay warm on cold winter nights.
So, we see that team building is not just entertainment or the pursuit of fashion trends, but also an effective tool for strengthening communication and interaction in the team, increasing motivation and cohesion of the team thanks to joint activities and joint actions.
Remember that real success is achieved together, and team building is a great way to facilitate this. And regardless of the season, you can always find interesting and creative ideas for improving the atmosphere in the team, raising morale and inspiring your team to further strong and friendly cooperation already on work projects.