Seven Easy-to-Implement Corporate Team Building Ideas

In today’s working environment, building morale is key to a company’s success. A happy team is one which enjoys greater job satisfaction - and unique, effective corporate team building activities never fail to result in higher levels of efficiency, greater productivity, and better communication between team members.

Thankfully, the days of patronising activities (think sack races and hot dog eating contests) are long gone; instead, companies can choose from dozens of genuinely enjoyable, inclusive and exciting options for those looking to boost morale in the workplace. Check out our top seven corporate team building activities below!

If you’d like to see some more ideas for team building, or want help or advice with anything connected to the events industry, get in touch with Concerto Group’s Eventwise. As industry leaders and innovators in the field of memorable corporate events and team-building activities, we’ve got the solutions you need to make your away day or event a memorable success.

kart racing

For many companies, a day on the tracks is the ultimate break from the daily grind of office work, and this fun-packed corporate team building activity is one which is going to create fun memories that will last throughout the year. Also, unlike spending the day at the pub with your team, karting has been proven to be actually eco-friendly and good for your health, too - so everyone’s a winner!

company karting day

Credits: Team Sport UK

Why does it work as a team building exercise?

Kart racing will give the opportunity for staff to race against their managers, for departments to race other departments, and for all of those walls which usually separate workers to be broken down. Your team members will also get plenty of time to share jokes, cheer on their teammates, and generally cut loose and enjoy the atmosphere.

Other benefits

Karting involves both teamwork and solo effort, requires sharp reflexes, a sense of responsibility and fast decision-making… all things which every good worker can rely on in the office.

cooking classes

Imagine partaking in a company away day or team building event at which you not only get to have good fun, but also gain genuinely useful skills, and end up having a top meal with your colleagues, too. Well, a cooking class involves all of those three things - no wonder this corporate team building activity is fast becoming a nationwide favourite.

Why does it work as a team building exercise?

Cooking classes are highly effective as team building exercises, because working in a kitchen a rustling up truly great food genuinely involves a real team effort. Everyone will have a job to do, and all members of the team can contribute to producing something which is far more than the sum of its parts. Eventwise has seen huge success with a wide range of foodie activities, from pizza workshops, to sushi-making lessons, and even wine and gin tasting sessions - all sure to get teams motivated, with delicious results!

Other Benefits

Cooking classes aren’t weather dependent, and it is something that all ages, genders and ability levels can get involved with. What’s more, there’s also plenty of opportunity for a cheeky glass of wine or two during the process!

Cooking class at The Grove

laser tag

Not only is it a huge amount of fun, but laser tag is a proper nostalgic treat for team members of a certain age. Creeping along darkened corridors, seeking out enemies and protecting bases, this is a corporate team building activity that really brings out your inner child and lets you loose in a world of your own imagination.

Why does it work as a team building exercise?

Laser tag levels the playing field and breaks down barriers in the workplace hierarchy. In what other situation could you line your boss up in the sights of a gun, and both laugh as you pull the trigger? It packs in the adrenaline, gets you all working as a team, and gives members of your workforce the opportunity to rise up and take lead.

Other Benefits 

The stress-busting benefits of laser tag are well-documented, which is perhaps part of the reason why it’s such a popular corporate away for the 21st century workplace. Laser tag is also all about those transferable skills; communication, sportsmanship, strategy and forward planning.

If you fancy trying something even more different and extreme, check out some of the options offered by Eventwise - including the hilarious Bubble Football, and classic It’s a Knockout fun day out. Amazing!

trampoline parks

Here’s an interesting fact for you: it’s impossible to not smile when bouncing on a trampoline. OK, that might not be scientifically rigorous, but there’s no doubt that trampolining is a fun, slightly crazy, unexpected thing to do with your team.

Why does it work as a team building exercise?

Essentially, trampolining helps bring out your inner child, and quickly strips away self-consciousness as you bounce up and down on the giant nets you find at trampoline parks. Everyone looks a little bit ridiculous doing it - including your boss - which evens out the playing field and ensures everyone has a great time.

Other Benefits

As anyone who has ever been to a trampoline park will tell you, bouncing up and down is a great cardio workout. What’s more, it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing outside, you’ll be warm and dry in the centre while jumping around like kangaroos. What’s not to love?

Kayaking / Canoeing

For a real break from the everyday, why not take your team down to you local water sport centre, and spend the day out kayaking or canoeing? With plenty of fresh air, and a fantastic combination of the challenging and relaxing, this particular corporate team building activity really does have it all.

Why does it work as a team building exercise?

Kayaking and canoeing perfectly blends taking initiative alone, with perfectly aligned teamwork. Whether you opt for a gentle paddle down a calm river, or something a little wilder and more ‘white water’, in order to get to the other end of the course, everyone involved must get stuck in and do their bit. For a true team activity, requiring coordination and leadership skills by the bucketload, Eventwise’s highly popular Dragon Boat Racing is a brilliant example of a high-octane outdoor physical activity.

Other Benefits

Obviously, canoeing is proper physical exercise which is good for the body as well as the brain. On top of this, it’s a great way to improve communication and create new bonds between team members.

Would I Lie To You?

Based on the popular TV panel show, this alternative to the company quiz involves contestants telling stories about their life and experience - two of which are true, one of which is a lie - and then face a grilling to separate the fact from the fiction! There are plenty of variations on the classic version, many of which are great for team building sessions.

Why does it work as a team building exercise?

It’s fun, it’s unexpected, and it’s a great opportunity to have a laugh at your boss’s more embarrassing encounters. What’s more, it’s totally free to do, and doesn’t involve everyone piling onto a coach and heading off somewhere for the day.

Other Benefits

This game is great for getting more reserved team members to come out of their shell, and has loads of potential for effective icebreaking.

community service

Whether you arrange a beach clean-up, some youth-based social activities, a ‘cook for the homeless’ event, or a day befriending people at an old folks’ home, helping out in the community is a great way to break the ice and build relationships in your team.

Why does it work as a team building exercise?

Community service allows your team to get out of the office for a bit, but also allows them to feel they aren’t just wasting their time doing something of no value. What’s more, there are literally hundreds of activities that would fit under this category, and you could easily choose one which fits your company’s ethos or brand.

Other Benefits

Helping out in the community is great for your company image, and offers the warm glow that only comes from giving something back. A great use of resources, and something which everyone could agree is worth their time and effort.

Boosting Morale and Building Relationships

As ​We’ve seen, corporate team building activities aren’t just about giving your staff members a welcome break from the office environment, they’re also a perfect opportunity to bring your team closer together, and build that all-important sense of job satisfaction in the workplace.