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Creative Team Building Activities for Employees this Spring 2023

Apr 12, 2023

If you’re finding that your employees or fellow team members are losing a bit of passion and motivation, the easiest (and in our opinion, most fun) suggestion is to implement team building activities! The best part about introducing team building activities into your workplace is that you can do them whenever! They don’t have to be large, complicated events; the best ones on our list are the ones you can simply do over a Microsoft Teams call.

So, if you’re ready to learn about great, motivational team building activities you can add into your weekly schedule, the gift idea experts at Choose-Your-Gift have got you covered!

team building activities

Benefits of Corporate Team Building Activities

First, let’s explain why team building activities are important. While they may seem trivial, research shows that these bonding activities actually make a huge difference to the people who use them.

According to a study done by Adobe, 78% of people are looking for a more supportive work culture and another study by Gusto states that 52% of workers have actually left a job due to a lack of feeling of belonging.

Clearly, as stated by these studies, employee collaboration and personalization lead to improved feels of belonging which, in turn, leads to higher levels of employee retention.

If this is just the thing you’re looking for to increase your team’s motivation and overall happiness, we’ve got the solutions for you.

4 Team Building Activities We Love!

Here are our top four picks for team building activities that we love!

Introduce this as a company-wide policy, or simply use it for weekly calls with your internal team. Either way, we know these team building activities are the perfect solution to increasing workplace happiness.

Creativity Catch-Ups

creative catch up to bond your team

Creativity catch-up meetings are a fun, quick way to get those brain cells working! It’s also quick, so there’s no need for a half-day PTO or an after-work hang-out. These meetings can be done completely over Microsoft Teams, Skype, or any other video conferencing platform your company uses.

For these, we recommend doing word game challenges. That way, every team from front end development to customer service can play and not feel like they don’t have the skillset.

Sporting Events

fun sporting events for outdoor team building

For our next team building activity, get the knee pads ready! We’re challenging your team to a sporting event competition. This can be as simple as a golf day or as frequent as a Saturday softball league. Either way, you’re working together to accomplish a goal and getting to know each other, too.

While this team building activity might not be accessible for every time – especially those in remote positions, this is a great way to get out, get active, and get inspired!

Here are our favorite sporting event challenges you can do with a team!

  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Kickball
  • Kayaking
  • Mini-golf
  • Ping-pong tournament

Outdoor Challenges

outdoor challenges for team bonding

Now, yes, we did just mention sporting events, but outdoor challenges do not have to include sports or even competition. For example, a great team building activity that takes place outdoors, but is not sports-related is a board game or scavenger hunt. This will require teams to work together to solve an issue, while also creating a fun, relaxed environment where employees or team members can be themselves.

The following outdoor challenges can be done outside of your office, in a park, or at a dedicated recreation/event center:

  • Egg drop
  • Blindfold hunt
  • An organized charity walk-a-thon
  • Paintball
  • Water balloon toss
  • BBQ pot luck

spending time in nature with your team

Getting to Know You Questions

Another great team building activity for remote or hybrid workers is a weekly video conference call that’s entirely dedicated to getting to know each other. These activities can include two truths and a lie, fun facts, people bingo, and more!

These activities are especially great for smaller, remote teams that often don’t get the typical workplace interaction that an in-office team would get.

Gift Ideas for the Winning Teams

If you really want to put in that extra effort, kicking your team building activities up a notch, we suggest providing corporate gifts for the winning teams! This works especially well for the sporting event and outdoor activities; however, this can also be done via teams with Choose-Your-Gift’s convenient, e-Gift certificate and USPS distribution services.

For in-person activities, there are tons of options to choose from. Search through our extensive gift catalog, containing over 40,000 brand name gifts ranging from $25 to $5,000. We’re confident you’ll find a gift that’s perfect for your unique team!

reward the winners from your team building challenge

Find Your Perfect Team Building Gift at Choose-Your-Gift!

Ready to make gift-giving for your team building activities a regular thing? Well, with Choose-Your-Gift, you can with our three separate gift plans. Choose from our print plan, digital plan, or premium plan and find the solution that’s right for you.

For even more gift options or to get started, please contact us today!