While a company retreat would be a great way to do some team building, taking an entire weekend to go to the mountains isn’t always realistic. Thankfully, there are some phenomenal team building activities that you can do in 15 minutes or less. Here are some of our favorites.
The Possibilities are Endless Game
This game is designed to help your team bond over creative or even zany thinking in as few as five minutes. Give each team member a common, everyday item (like a napkin or a pencil). Each team member must, when it’s their turn, demonstrate a unique use for that item.
This is a great way to generate dialogue on creativity while sparking some new ideas on everyday items. Plus, it’s always fun to see what your team comes up with as alternative uses for those items!
Turn that Frown Upside Down
We all have bad moments throughout the day. This is a great way to build camaraderie and teach some important perspective skills in less than ten minutes. In teams of two, one partner will explain any completed bad moment from that or previous days. The same partner will then retell the story, this time emphasizing any important and positive lessons, skills, or takeaways that the bad moment may have taught them. The listening partner can help with suggestions as needed.
The two will then switch places and repeat the process.
This is a great introduction game that can be done in as few as 2-3 minutes. In pairs, have everyone introduce themselves, in character as their favorite childhood cartoon character. It’s a great way to relieve any new-setting tension while introducing some nostalgic fun.
Team Building Activities in 15 Minutes or Less
Team building can be a fun, productive way to learn more about teammates, learn new skills, shift a few paradigms, and build a cohesive team. Even better, it doesn’t have to take long. After all, you can do each of these 3 team building activities in 15 minutes or less. Which of these activities will you try this week?