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Corporate Team Building Activities - Essential Workplace Leadership Activities

Updated on March 29, 2010

Corporate team building activities are an essential part of strengthening relationships and developing skills within the workplace. Team building activities don’t need to break the bank, but they should be engaging and encourage working through problems and coming to a solution that leaves everyone feeling satisfied and motivated to succeed at their jobs.

This article will cover some corporate team building ideas that be used in conjunction with your already existing team building activities.

Corporate Team Building Activities

When you think of team building activities, you might automatically visualize your employees scaling a rope, climbing a tree or closing their eyes and falling back as other members of the team must be trusted to catch them. While these activities still exist, they are not as commonly utilized as they used to be. Here are 5 different types of corporate team building ideas:

1. Corporate Retreats
2. Charitable Events
3. Corporate Workshops
4. Corporate Team Building Games & Activities

Corporate Retreats

Corporate retreats can be a very fun way for employees to develop their teamwork. Dependant upon your state, there are many providers that offer corporate retreat packages. Many ‘adventure’ companies have corporate rates for large groups of individuals and can work with you to find the best retreat for your office.

Charitable Events

Sponsoring or participating in a charitable event is a great way to boost morale and teamwork. Not only are you helping out a great cause, you’re raising awareness and encouraging your employees to be altruistic individuals. When selecting a charitable event, attempt to select one that will be inclusive of all employees. For example, sponsored marathons may exclude some employees, but participating in a walk-a-thon is something that everyone can raise funds for and have a good time participating in.

Corporate Workshops and Training

Workshops are a common form of corporate team building activities. A good workshop will feature an important topic (leadership, workplace safety, dealing with stress) and turn it into an engaging topic of discussion by using exciting presentations, perhaps a speech by a motivational speaker, and then proceeding to apply the newly learned information to workplace challenges with interactive activities.

Corporate Team Building Games and Activities

Corporate team building games and activities can be used in conjunction with workshops or on their own. The games and activities should appeal to all of your employees and encourage team members to work together to solve hypothetical problems. A wonderful resource for corporate team building games and activities can be found at


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      HouseofSays 7 years ago

      Your information is good.Thanks for sharing, will be looking out for more.

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      Team building in the workplace 8 years ago

      These are some good points to ponder.

      Today's corporate world has become very competitive and growing very fast.Modernisation and professionalism has reached it's peak.As a result controlling a team and it's members is very difficult.But that is the need of the day.You don't need people,who have continuously worked hard for your success,to resign and join some other company just because of your ignorance towards him/her.

      One needs to understand that an employee is as good as a company.Every deserving candidate must be encouraged by giving as surprise rise in salary or even a word of acknowledgement will make an employee happy.

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      drking 8 years ago

      I never really cared for the team building games myself. Other than that you presented some good info.

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      Very good point. I can see how some games and activities could easily be presented in a condescending way, it's very important for companys to realize this.

      Team building activities are totally pointless if the employees aren't having a good time - how could they possibly benefit? Thanks for sharing.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      some of these are good ideas but the way they are implemented can actually cause damage. Our company does it in a way that it becomes condescending. They want to promote these games or activities but refuse to listen to our ideas for process improvements. The company needs to be highly aware of how they promote these beneficial activities.

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      Ladybird33 8 years ago from Fabulous USA

      Excellent tips and points and will use it in my corporate life as well.

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      Don Simkovich 8 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      These are good ideas . . . however, there should be a caution when a company sponsors a charitable event . . . it can require many extra staff hours depending on how efficiently they do it . . . and it can leave people tired and at odds with each other.

      I come out of the non-profit world and I've seen what happens there when the staff would get involved in its own fundraising events.

      But good tips, though.

      I know a business in LA that does corporate events for team building purposes . . .

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      thanks for reading! :) I was never able to do those fall back/hope someone catches you activities! hahaha

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      wesleycox 8 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

      This hub made me think of some guy falling backward expecting to be caught but then falls to the floor. Funny thought, but on a serious note, everything I have read of yours is A+ quality. I look forward to more from you.

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      thanks for reading. I am able to see all the pictures of team building books on my screen.