5 team building activities to try in London this summer
Summertime in London offers plenty of team building opportunities, from exploring the city’s waterways to giving back to the local community.
Team building events can bring significant benefits to an organisation, helping to develop key skills, improve communication and build a close-knit team. Summer is a great time to hold these kinds of activities – it is a quieter time for many businesses, and the better weather and lighter evenings enable you to enjoy the great outdoors. Luckily, there are plenty of team build events in London that you can choose from to help bring your team together this summer.
Escape the city
Summer in the city can be hot, humid and sticky, so if the weather allows, consider escaping the city for your team building event. This can be as simple as a team afternoon in the park. London has plenty of green spaces so, instead of staying cooped up in the office, invite staff to a team picnic or BBQ. If you have the time, you could even leave the city altogether and head to the nearest beach. Organising some childhood games such as rounders or frisbee help to add an element of competition and fun to the day.
London is home to lots of picturesque canals and waterways, so why not use your next team building day as an opportunity to explore this element of the city? Several event companies in London offer the opportunity to hire a barge for your work’s day out, enabling you to enjoy food, drink, music, and the London sights as you cruise down the Regents Canal. This is probably more of a social event than a traditional team building activity, but it can be a great way of getting people together, boosting morale and rewarding your team for a job well done.
White Water Rafting
If you are feeling braver, white water rafting is a fantastic team activity. Some of the best activities are where workers get out of their comfort zones and work together on something new – this quickly makes everybody feel on the same level. The Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire is the nearest for London businesses.
School sports day
Nothing says summer like school sports day, so why not introduce a touch of nostalgia to your team building day with tried and tested games such as the egg and spoon race, tunnel ball, tug of war and, everyone’s favourite, the three-legged race? Splitting your workforce into teams or ‘houses’ will enable your employees to enjoy camaraderie and a dollop of healthy competition whilst having fun. All that sport can be thirsty work, so offering some drinks at the end of the day can be a welcome addition and encourage further socialising.
We all remember treasure hunts from our childhood, but they can be just as much fun for adults. As well as enabling your employees to view the city in a whole new light, organising a treasure hunt around London will also give them the opportunity to work together and think creatively to solve clues. You can either devise the clues and create the hunt yourself, or use a GPS treasure hunt where participants use their smartphones to navigate the clues and challenges. Asking participants to bring back certain items adds to the fun, while a prize for the winning team can help to boost motivation.
If you’re looking for something a little different for your next team building event, you might want to consider volunteering for a charity. Helping out the local community can be a great way of bringing people together and building morale, and there are plenty of outdoor activities you can get involved in, such as creating a community garden, participating in river clean-ups, or helping out at a city farm. As well as having a great impact on staff motivation, this type of activity also has the added benefit of helping your company to meet its CSR objectives.
Having a well-functioning, motivated team is crucial to the success of any business, and well thought out team building activities can really help to create this dynamic. So this summer, escape the office and head out into the sunshine for a fun, creative team building day that everyone can enjoy.