Top 3 Unusual Team Building Activities To Try In 2021
With Covid-19 restrictions partly lifted and the ongoing mass vaccination unfolding, we will likely return to offices very soon. This also means the return of team-building activities other than a simple weekly Zoom chat. While visiting an offline corporate event with your colleagues for the first time in over a year will be exciting, the novelty of it will likely be gone sooner than we imagine. So, here is the list of unusual team-building activities that are far from boring and are fun. The bonus is that you can try some of them online right now.
Cook a Meal For Your Co-Workers At The Restaurant
Food is something everyone could bond over, and going the extra mile to prepare something for your co-workers is a kind of corporate team buildingthat can be an unforgettable experience. Before Covid-19, many local restaurants invited corporate workers into the kitchen to prepare dinner for the rest of their team. The restaurants are likely to return to doing this when the restrictions are lifted. Many of those who tried it describe it as a unique experience of bonding not to be missed. Those without cooking props can simply enjoy the meal and get to know the skills that their co-workers rarely, if ever, show in the office.
While the restrictions are still on, you can swipe this activity for an online masterclass with the ingredients delivered to everyone’s houses. While this will not be the same as tasting food prepared by your team members, you still get to share the experience of creating a meal from start to finish and sharing your little mistakes and victories.
Play an Online Adventure Game on Zoom
Games are a classic team building activity, and we sure cannot wait to have that round of paintball with co-workers after the pandemic. However, despite all the excitement it will bring after a two years gap, it might get boring pretty quickly. Seeking new games will bring your team excitement as the world of corporate gaming is immense.
One unusual way to spice up your gaming team activities is to participate in online adventure games like Project Avatar. It is one of the virtual team building games that you play on Zoom in real-time. You and your co-workers control the actions of an actor in a real location with voice commands. Those who had the experience describe it as a unique mix of online gaming, quest room, and a theater play all in one zoom session, which is unlike any team building experience they have had before.
There is also an opportunity to play against a rival team, which is a way to have an exciting competition with your co-workers. The game has a clear dystopian vibe and feels like the movie in which you control real people as a God-like figure, even though it feels much more light-hearted than this. While playing, you get to have a lot of fun joking around with your actor.
The creators are also planning to introduce adventures on the streets of a real city, which will also count as an online tourist experience.
Meanwhile, you can also check online GPS quests in your city when the COVID-19 restrictions in your city are lifted. This could be a fun way to re-explore your hometown after a continuous lockdown.
Have a Frank Personal Conversation With Your Teammates
Actually getting to know people is more memorable than any team activity on zoom. Something as simple as sitting in a circle and sharing three things you like about everyone is something you are not likely to forget. Another way to break the ice is to share the most bizarre experience you ever had. You can organize these conversations in the form of a game. People in the team are more likely to remember these conversations than just another round of beers. Besides, you likely miss seeing your co-workers for over a year, so catching up in a meaningful way would be nice. While surely memorable, this kind of group activity does not require anything else aside from you being sincere and opening up to your team.