Our ideas on how to incorporate giving back into your team building exercises.

Being good is cool again, and now more than ever people are looking for jobs that not only satisfy their financial needs but their social ones as well. Here are some ideas on how to kill two birds with one stone (pardon the gory description) by helping your community and your employees. Avoid bad attitudes and hostile work environments all while improving your company image!

#1 Give Back

The holidays are fast approaching, and nothing puts people in the holiday spirit more than giving back to their community. Send your team to volunteer at an animal shelter or a soup kitchen to encourage all the holiday feels. Companies like Three Square make it super easy to sign your group up. They even have programs like Succeed and Feed that aim to help corporations give back to their community all while improving team building skills. Help your team members experience the feeling of giving back and making a difference in your community. Don't forget to take pictures, posting these events to social media just might encourage other corporations to give back too!

#2 Escape Rooms

Maybe not the most conventional way to get your team to better their critical thinking skills, but effective nonetheless. Get creative with your team building exercises and take your team to an escape room. Easy to plan and fun to participate, escape rooms allow your team members to work together to achieve a common goal; escape! Most cities have companies like XteriousEscape.com, a Las Vegas based company, that have packages designed specifically for corporate groups. Perfect for small or big groups, this is a great way to get your coworkers out of their comfort zone and involved.

#3 Try a Mixology Class

If you thought we were on to something when we combined giving back with team building then get ready for something better... Drinking and team building! Teach your team how to make signature drinks on their own or put them in teams and see who makes a better drink! The choice is yours. Companies like TheCocktailGuru.com also have packages aimed specifically at team building. Check out their team building and classes page here to learn more! Take some time to let your team let loose and get to know each other with a mixology class experience.

#4 Try A Themed Dinner

If you want to keep it simple and have a company party why not spice it up a bit and make it a murder mystery theme! At times, team members may feel like they might want to kill each other, so why not give them a chance to work together to solve another murder! Encourage your team to work together and think outside the box with this idea. Turn it up a notch and make it themed- Gatsby, Mob, or Prohibition- and have your team come dressed for the theme! Companies like TheMurderMysteryCo.com make it easy to sign up your members and they have parties designed to encourage team building that you can learn more about here.

What if my group is bigger than that?

#5 Incorporate Games

If you really want to show your team a good time, let them embrace their inner child at an interactive gaming venue. Places like Game Works or Dave and Busters are great places where you can rent out a portion of the restaurant and let the team roam free. Give members a chance to mingle and get to know each other in these relaxed environments. If you want a more structured option check if there is a team building option. Restaurants like Dave and Busters have these that make planning these events easier. How does the saying go? Work hard, play harder?

#6 Try A Tasting

Wanna give your team a gift they will love? Try a wine tasting class where your team members can taste various wines and discover new favorites. While most wine tastings do not offer any team building exercises, it is a great way to get your team together and socializing. You can even take it a step further and make it an employee recognition event or a holiday party theme. Based in San Francisco, Cellar and Cork, has packages that cater to small and large groups. Give your team a chance to wind down and increase their knowledge with this idea.

You can even take it a step further and do a blind testing, and don't limit it to wine, spice it up and add food! Your team will love guessing what their eating/drinking and the others will have a laugh.

#7 Go To New Heights

If you want active, outdoor fun, try signing your team up for an intense course of zip lining, rock climbing, or a combined course. Office life can be boring and what better way to switch things up then a trip to the outside world! Give your team the chance to bond by going through obstacles together and finishing the courses together. Teach them to trust one another and better their communication skills with these active courses. Companies like Awesome Adventures has a ton of various packages you can sign your team up for today to start your bonding experience.

Well my group is even bigger than that!

#8 Scavenger Hunt

Do you have 100 or more guests but you still want to host an event that encourages everyone to participate and work together? Look no further! Scavenger Hunts are easy and everyone loves to participate in them. A company called Team Bonding will host these events for you in almost every state. Make it fun and pick a cool location like a museum, resort, or theme park for your team members to play in! Team building is all about getting your members to be engaged, social, and most importantly make them happy to come to work. And even better, scavenger hunts can be very hands off, allowing everyone to enjoy the festivities.

For more ideas on giving back and fun ways to team build, check out Team Bonding, a website dedicated to all the ways companies can increase their company relationships.

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