Team Building Activities For Aesthetic Businesses
If your team consists of successful, logical, “mature” adults, getting everyone on board with team-building exercises may be challenging at times.
Have you ever rolled your eyes at the notion of creating a tower out of spaghetti?
Through the years, my perspective of team-building activities has shifted though. Instead of rolling my eyes or sighing at their mention, I now fully embrace them and enjoy the fun! As an aesthetic business consultant, I have seen the increased engagement and comradery that these exercises can bring to any team. Check out these statistics on team building activities:
- Companies with engaged employees pull in 2.5x more revenues compared to competitors with low engagement levels. (Give and Take & Alan-Short, 2019)
- Highly engaged employees are 87% less likely to leave their companies than their less engaged counterparts. (Give and Take & Alan-Short, 2019)
While team activities like ice breakers may seem childish, they maintain an important role within your business. Studies repeatedly show that team-building exercises increase the trust, communication, and creativity of your team. As the leader of your tribe, you want to implement consistent opportunities for these traits to blossom.
In this guide, I have compiled my favorite team-building activities designed to help you promote the fantastic team culture you always wanted! They can be used as a powerful tool before big meetings, introducing new hires, and even refreshing your team on the values and mission of your business. I’ve included activities for both in-person and virtual team building.
As your team warms up to participating in these activities, it may be fun to let them take turns choosing or leading the activity. I find this can keep them more interested and involved while lightening your workload a bit. Best of luck as you start implementing team-building strategies of your own!
And remember……Have fun!
Team Building Activities (In-Person)
Goal: Create a service of interconnected stories
Supplies: Whiteboard, post-it notes, dry-erase markers
Time: 30 minutes
- Before your team activity, choose 10 work-related words or phrases and write them on your sticky notes. These will act as story starters for your team. Here are a few ideas to get you started; First Day, Worst Client, Favorite Treatment Room, Big Win, etc.
- Draw a line down the middle of your whiteboard and place the sticky notes you created on one side.
- Ask each team member to take a turn choosing a sticky note and sharing an experience related to the word or phrase. Once finished, have team members place their sticky notes on the other side of the board, beginning your story thread.
- As team members share stories and experiences, ask them to add a new word or phrase ideas to the whiteboard. Team members can either choose to use their phrase on their turn or use one of the preexisting sticky notes.
Goal: Find out who knows more about the office, test observation skills.
Supplies: 20-25 index cards
Time: 20-30 minutes
- Think of and write down a question about your office on each of the index cards. Questions should focus on the small details of your workplace that typically go unnoticed. Here are a few ideas to get you started; Does anyone in the office share a middle name? What is the color of the picture frame in the lobby? Who has the most pictures on their desk?
- Have team members take turns answering trivia questions. It may be fun to divide your team into two groups and have an office trivia face-off.
Penny For Your Thoughts
Goal: Promote team familiarity
Supplies: Pennies with different years, box
Time: 15 minutes
- Gather enough coins to have one for each team member. Ensure each year is different or create your own year labels and attach them to the pennies (be sure there aren’t any coins older than the youngest team member). Place the pennies in a box.
- Have each team member take a turn drawing a penny out of the box. Ask them to share a personal memory from the year when the coin was minted.
Mad Lib Mission Statement
Goal: Refresh team on business values, promote creativity
Supplies: Paper and pens
Time: 25 minutes
- Before your team-building activity, make a copy of your mission statement for each team member. I recommend making this fill-in-the-blank, allowing your team to insert words for products/ services, customer segments, verbs, and customer pain points.
- Divide your team into groups of 3 – 6 members and have them replicate your mission statement. The team that creates the most authentic mission statement wins.
Goal: Encourage creative thinking
Supplies: Flipchart, pens, play money
Time: 60 minutes
- Divide your team into groups of 2-4 and have them brainstorm a business idea. Each team only has 10 minutes to make their pitch. Teams need to draft a business plan with pricing, ideal client, financial forecasting, and unique selling proposition information.
- Next, choose 3-4 team members to be “sharks” and judge the sales pitches. Sharks will be responsible for making investments in the business propositions. The team that gets the most funding from the sharks wins.
Goal: Increase Communication & cooperation
Supplies: No supplies necessary
Time: 20 – 30 minutes
- Divide employees into groups of 6-12. Ask them to form a circle facing each other. Tell them to put their right hand in the air and grab someone’s hand from across the circle.
- After that, ask everyone to put out their left hand and grab someone’s hand from the circle. Set a timer for them and ask them to untangle the “knot” within the specified time. The first one to unravel wins.
Team Building Activities (Virtual)
Goal: Icebreaker, share different perspectives
Supplies: Random desk object for each team member
Time: 20 – 30 minutes
- Ask each team member to grab a random desk object and have it ready for your zoom meeting. These objects will become their “products,” and they will improvise a sales pitch for them.
- Give team members 10 minutes to create a name, logo, and motto for their product.
- Each team member gets 2 minutes to present the sales pitch for their product and create purchase interest from other team members. After each presentation, ask participants to raise their hand if they want to “buy” the product. The team member whose product was “purchased” the most wins.
Goal: Focus and engage team members
Supplies: Team communication platform (Slack, text, etc.)
Time: 10 minutes
- Select a riddle before your team meeting and send it through your team communication platform. Start a discussion with your team and see who can solve it first!
Goal: Icebreaker, team recognition/ appreciation
Supplies: Team communication platform (Slack, text, etc.)
Time: 1-2 minutes per person
- Create a thread in your team communication platform (like Slack). Ask each team member to send a message of appreciation or encouragement through the group to someone on the team. Make sure team members send a GIF to accompany each shout-out.
- Have team members vote on who added the best GIF. Note: I think this activity is more fun when GIFs are themed, such as sports, Star Trek, trees, animals, etc.
Name That Emoji Song Title
Goal: Icebreaker, increase team connection
Supplies: team communication platform (Slack, text, etc.)
Time: 3 minutes per team member turn
- Start a group message through your team communication platform.
- Choose a team member to go first using the last song they played to share hints with other team members about that song’s title, only using emojis.
- At the end of each 3-minute turn, have team members reveal the song’s title if no one guessed it.
NOTE: This team-building activity does require a small investment; it is $2 a month per user. However, I love the concept and that it is an ongoing activity. They offer a free 7-day trial which is perfect when determining whether it is a tool that will benefit your team or not! I am not an affiliate, simply sharing it as a resource.
Goal: Build team trust and create team connection
Time: 5 minutes per team member participating
- Each team member you invite to QuizBreaker can answer up to 100 curated icebreaker questions that have been carefully researched to elicit fun learning and build trust in teams. Players can skip any question they don’t want to answer.
- Using the icebreaker answers from your team, QuizBreaker then generates unique ‘who said what’ quizzes for each member of your team. These are automatically sent out via email and can be scheduled to your desired timing, volume & frequency.
- Every new round of QuizBreaker brings your team closer together at the same time as facilitating a fun virtual team-building experience. Their gamified web app celebrates each correct guess.
- For those teams who love a bit of competition, you can activate the Leaderboard feature to congratulate new winners each week.
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