Published 22 August 2018 Category: Compass Tips, Team Building, Startups, SMEs

Team Building Ideas for Start Ups and SMEs

Late hours, crunched deadlines, short tempers, sleepless nights, restricted budgets, high goals etc are all part and parcel of working in a startup or small business enterprises. Although these problems may be considered the norm of a startup culture, they eventually become the cause for disgruntled, demotivated and frustrated employees. When employees become frustrated, productivity takes a hit, goals are missed and all hell breaks loose. All of this can be minimized (if not completely avoided) when you encourage different types of team building and team development activities right within your office space. No need for spending money on outside lunches, dinners or on grand parties when you can start by introducing small activities indoor without affecting your budget.  Here are some cool ideas you can follow through.

Create Indoor Team Building Activities:

Here, it’s all about how you can get creative. To start off, introduce board games that people can gather and play during a quick break or whenever they want to just have some time off. Board games play an impactful role in bonding team members and also enhances their creative thought process. There have been many occasions when people simply had to play a game that activated their thought process and they were able to come up with a creative solution to a difficult problem. Some great indoor team building games could be:

  • Snakes and ladders
  • Monopoly
  • Carrom boards
  • Scrabble

These games not only revive our childhood but are fundamental in activating the problem-solving part of our brain and acts more like an intellectual exercise that can always benefit us.

Have a Fun Friday at Work

Everyone loves a good Friday. It’s the last day of the week, energy is high, people are looking forward to the weekend and so they are in a good mood. Use this day to lighten the workload and have your employees engage in fun-filled activities. Again, you don’t have to make it an expensive deal. Having a casual day is a popular way to let employees relax a bit, although its best to keep some ground-rules in case in anyone decides to take the casual mode too far. Having a team-lunch or afterwork gathering is also an easy way to get to know your colleagues better and find some common ground outside of work.
It’s entirely up to you what you want to do to make your Fridays fun. Get creative! Your team is going to love you for it.

Create Volunteer Events

Nothing unites a team more than working together for a social cause. Get your team together to identify the kind of volunteering activity that would suit everyone’s schedule and would also be a productive endeavor. It’s highly important to plan your events and make sure that although you’re volunteering, it should not take up to much time from your productive hours. Most people get so passionate about social work, they fail to create a workable plan and end up getting exhausted, or losing out on their productivity. Some may even use the volunteering work as an excuse to cover up a missed deadline so it’s important to monitor these activities and make sure that you spend no longer than an hour each day to work on them.

Go Camping or for a Roadtrip

Just won a major deal? Or successfully finished a long-term project? Give your team a break they will always cherish! Going camping or for a roadtrip is one of the best ways to have your team members get to know each other better and develop a strong bond outside of a formal office environment. It’s also a welcomed treat for all the months of hardwork and effort put into achieving milestones.
At the end of the day, a team can only be successful if they are willing to work together and share a unified goal without negativity or resentment. It is imperative to cultivate a healthy work environment if you want your team members to give their best. Having regular team events is a great way of breaking down walls and building team bonds.