5 Team-Building Ideas to 'Fall' For

September 29, 2016 Abby Oberholtzer

September is a bittersweet month for many. It’s a tearful farewell to the warmth of summer, but welcomes all the goodness (in the form of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and everyone’s favorite flannel) of autumn.  If the shorter daylight hours and cool breezes are starting to make shoulders slump around the office, look to these out-of-the-box ideas to keep your team in the best of spirits!

Volunteer:  Teams that volunteer together, stay together.  Pointing a group of employees toward a task or goal that helps the community does wonders for employee morale.  In fact, studies show that 78% of U.S. adults say that volunteering lowers their stress-levels. Gather a group together to rake leaves at a local senior center or get involved with a nearby Habitat for Humanity building project. 

Fall Festivities:  Never underestimate the power of a fall-themed ‘fun’tivity.  Take an afternoon off and meet your team at a nearby park for a department-wide pumpkin carving contest.  Or, split up into teams and head to a local corn maze to see who can reach the end in the fastest time.  Getting people out of the office to enjoy the season and each other’s company can do wonders for morale. 

Happy Hours:  More than likely your employees spend more time with each other during the week than they do with their own families and friends.  So obviously, it’s a huge plus when friendships are fostered in the workplace.  Give office cronies the opportunity to relax, be loud and enjoy a cocktail or two together at their favorite local hangout! Even better? Let people leave an hour early to do it!

Escape Rooms:  Put your noggins together and beat the clock in an escape room! These 60-minute challenges are perfect for building teamwork and leadership skills.  Participants are “locked” in a room filled with puzzles, riddles and hidden objects that will lead them to the final key and ultimately their freedom.  Find out why this phenomena has taken the country by storm and see if your team can be among the select group of puzzlers who actually make it out! 

Arcade Night:  Embrace your inner-adolescent and take the team out for an arcade lunch at Dave & Busters.  See who can rack up the most tickets and earn the honorary titles of “Skeeball Sensei” or “Whack-a-mole Wizard.”

The key to a successful team-building activity? Don’t take yourselves too seriously! Sometimes the sillier the activity, the more relaxed your team will become.  Have a team-building idea that will knock our socks off?  Share with us by emailing us at recogntion@baudville.com

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