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Team building is a great way to get employees to engage with each other and strengthen relationships. A strong team is essential to a successful business. However, no one is going to enjoy a boring team building event that doesn’t add any value to their lives. According to this article on Forbes, team building is one of the most important investments you can make for your people. If you want to ensure happy employees, here are some unconventional team building ideas that they might enjoy:

1.  A Spartan race

A Spartan race is a series of obstacle courses that range from three miles to marathon distances. This isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s a fun and exciting challenge that will bring team members closer together. The sense of achievement that comes with finishing a race is one of the best feelings you can experience. Three miles is a great place to start, as it’s not too strenuous and caters to all fitness types. Spartan caters for corporate teams of all sizes, with a variety of thrilling obstacles.

2.  An improv workshop

Remember the much-loved show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ Improv is a fun way to learn how to think on your feet, communicate effectively, and work as a team – all while laughing up a storm. Improv will build confidence and improve communication, which are important factors for a successful team. According to this article by Forbes, “studies have shown that people can improve their communication skills and lower their anxiety with regular practice.” Confident people will contribute more to your business so it’s a win-win.

3.  A cooking class 

The best way to an employee’s heart is through their stomach. Cooking classes are fun and educational and will allow staff members to bring out their inner MasterChef. A cooking class will give employees the chance to work together to create a meal, and learn about group dynamics. It’s also an opportunity to learn about different cuisines – whether it’s Thai, Indian. Italian, or Moroccan.

4.  Volunteering  

There are few things more rewarding than helping others. Volunteering is an activity that will not only benefit your team but also the less fortunate. Getting everyone working together for a good cause will bring you closer together as a team. You can visit and donate toys to a local orphanage, host a fundraiser for Feed my Starving Children, volunteer at American Red Cross, or help build a home with Habitat for Humanity.

5.  Cocktail creating 

Shake things up with a cocktail class for a fun-filled afternoon. Cocktail team building is a hands-on activity that will allow team members to loosen up and learn fun new skills. Most classes will divide you into teams and have you prepare a cocktail, taking taste and aesthetic into consideration. There’s nothing like some friendly competition to boost morale and motivate your team.

Huge companies like Uber, Facebook, and Salesforce acknowledge that it’s important to invest in your team, and team building is a great way to do that. They also don’t hold back on the fun – they’ve treated their teams to espionage-themed adventure games, music video competitions, and karaoke rickshaw.

Team building activities are a great way of increasing staff satisfaction and encouraging collaboration. According to ClearCompany, “39% of surveyed employees believe that people in their own organization don’t collaborate enough.” If you’d like to know more about enhancing staff satisfaction, download our infographic.

Alternatively, contact us to learn more about employee benefit plans. FBC is one of the oldest and largest benefits consulting firms and has years of experience in providing employee benefit plans that will suit your business needs.