Team building sometimes gets a bad wrap, bringing to mind cheesy icebreakers and trust falls. However, research from the University of Florida shows that team building activities lead to positive outcomes in the workplace.
The benefits of effective team building activities include:
- Increased productivity
- Improved communication
- Builds trust
- Increases collaboration
Tips for effective team building activities:
- Schedule the activity during work hours
- Go offsite
- Encourage collaboration
- Solicit feedback
Portland Pedal Power partners the American Cancer Society and Brewvana have some great options for fall team building outings.
The American Cancer Society is hosting their first ever Hope Quest on September 13 and 14. Hope Quest is a 24 hour video, photo and GPS scavenger hunt that sets teams of 2-6 people off to explore Portland and support a great cause! Learn more or sign up on the Hope Quest website.
BREWVANA, a women owned, local business, offers all inclusive tasting experiences through Portland’s favorite craft specialties featuring beer, coffee, cider, spirits, kombucha and more. BREWVANA provides an epic team building with fun and educational components and the tours support local small businesses. Schedule your tour on the BREWVANA website.
What kinds of team building activities have you found effective? Comment and let us know!