The next time you see morale around the office start to take a nosedive, why not plan a fun team-building activity to reduce stress and increase camaraderie around the workplace? There are all sorts of options to choose from in today’s world, indoor or outdoor, from exciting field trips to inter-office games. Here’s a list of some that are sure to get your employees’ enthusiasm jumping.

Board Game Tournament

We’ve all heard stories of families torn apart by an over-zealous game of Monopoly, but board games don’t have to be contentious. In fact, board games are a great way to build familiarity amongst team members who may interact much during regular working hours. You can divide the teams up by departments or randomize the employees completely, and even have teams sign up for time slots so the competition can continue during the workday.

Volunteer

Not only is volunteer work great for bonding your employees over a common goal, but can also raise the visibility of your brand in your community. Today’s customers are very conscious of a company’s social responsibility, so building a house for Habitat for Humanity or volunteering for roadside trash pickup is a great way to let customers know your company has a heart.

Take a Class

If you’re looking for something more creative, consider taking your employees out for a cooking or painting class. Not only will they be able to enjoy one another’s company, but they’ll most likely have something original to show off at the office! The teamwork involved will help people learn to grow together, and many companies choose to hire a professional chef through a service like Kitchensurfing to conduct a class on-site.

Room Escape Games

These are a relatively new phenomenon but are catching on like wildfire amongst groups looking to tackle a fun objective together. Generally, a group gets “locked” inside of a room and are given clues as to how to escape, usually in the form of puzzles or hidden objects. Teams are generally given an hour to find their way out, and companies like Houdini’s Room Escape in Cincinnati, Ohio, claim it’s a perfect way to build cohesion and perspective among your group.

Organize a Scavenger Hunt

No matter what size of town you live, a scavenger hunt is simple to organize and fun to execute. Apps like Stray Boots can help with the logistics, but try to group people together according to different skill sets to increase team-building. Make sure someone in each group has a camera as well; you’re going to want to document the fun!

Team-building activities don’t have to be cliches, in many ways, they can not only help bring your group together but also let out some unwanted stress as well. And who knows, you may actually get the reputation of being the fun boss! Win-win!

Lizzie Weakley

I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.