Small businesses often need creative solutions to budget or time constraints. After all, with staff and resources limited, it’s hard to find money or time for expensive team-building activities. Improv, charades, and trust games are all out of the question. However, these small businesses need to build a productive team if they want their business to thrive. Thankfully there are plenty of cheap and simple team-building activities that will improve communication, develop teamwork skills and produce measurable results in no time at all. These small business team-building activities are perfect for any small business regardless of industry or number of employees. Here are a few ways you can improve workplace culture:
Lunch & Learn Sessions
This is a great way to foster an environment of professional learning and development within your business. It’s also a great way to introduce a team-building activity within your business while also saving on costs. For lunch and learn sessions, you can invite experts from your industry to come and share their knowledge and stories. You can also invite internal experts such as managers or executives to share their knowledge and experience. It’s best to do this at lunchtime so that it doesn’t cut into work hours.
Collaborating on Projects
It sounds like an oxymoron, but one of the best team-building activities for small businesses is building a culture of collaboration. If you want your team to work together better and faster, they must learn to collaborate on projects. Collaboration is a team-building activity that encourages interdepartmental and intra-departmental communication. Collaboration is a great way for employees to get to know one another, as well as their colleagues from other departments. It’s also a great way to improve communication and project management skills. You can start by setting up a virtual collaboration space. Next, ask your team members to create a project together. You can provide guidance if you’d like but the managers or executives should not be part of the project. Choose projects that are important to your organisation and that will benefit from collaboration.
These exercises are great for improving interdepartmental communication. They also help team members to get to know each other better and work better together. There are plenty of change-of-coordination exercises you can try. One of the easiest is the “change jar” exercise. All you need for this is a clear jar, some paper and a pen. The team members write down their names on paper and then put those pieces of paper in the jar. Each person should grab a piece of paper out of the jar at random. This is another great way for team members to get to know each other better. Once everyone has their name, they write down three things they like about the person whose name they picked. It’s a great way to build trust and improve communication between colleagues.
Organisational Culture Activities
Organisational culture activities are designed to improve employee morale and company culture. They can be used at any level within your business and can be tailored to almost any industry. Some of the best organisational culture activities include company excursions, company retreats, team-building games and activities, and team-building exercises. There are plenty of ways to improve the culture of the business. While most of these activities are more expensive than the above team-building activities, they’re definitely worth it if your goal is to create a positive and productive team culture.
Team building activities are an important part of growing your business, but they’re useless if they don’t bring your team together and help them work better together. Before you start any activities, it’s important to think about what you want to achieve from them so you can select the activities that will best help you meet your goals. With these team-building activities, you can build a better team and grow your business as a whole. With improved communication and collaboration, you can expect to see better results, increased productivity and less stress among your employees.