One of the vital keys to a successful company (or any kind of enterprise that involves working in a group), is for its members to have a strong sense of teamwork. And this kind of camaraderie between the employees and their workers can be strengthened in a number of ways, which can range from corporate bowling parties to exciting company outings. And Mississauga, ranked as the 6th most populous city in the Canada 2011 Census and one of the most prosperous in Canada, offers these kinds of team building activities, and much more. Below is the list of what can be considered some of the best arrays of team building activities for your company to enjoy.
(For more information about the team activities listed below and their price range, you can check on the links available at the end of this article.)
The Amazing Chase
Inspired by the world-famous reality race show The Amazing Race, this is one of the most classic team building activities as it combines speed, creativity, resourcefulness, and athleticism at the same time in a race around the city. There will be two major color groups, with each group divided further into smaller teams with 3-5 members each. Each team will have to face a lot of unique and brain-stimulating challenges and navigate their way through a series of Route Markers, Road Blocks, and Detours scattered all over the city before the allotted time for the race ends. This activity will not only put your physical aspects to the tests, but will also push your ability to work under time pressure and cooperate with your teammates as well.
Urban Fear Factor
Using your smartphone has never been this good. This activity will surely unleash your wild side and give you a good laugh all year long through numerous and outrageous that can range from doing things inside the elevator with random strangers and right down to the weirdest and scariest tasks such as kissing a lobster—these moments that will be captured by your smartphone. Activities that will be done on the day of the event will be sent to your phone through an app and will give you more opportunities to bond with your co-workers.
Team Bowling Events
This classic sport among people in Mississauga is also one of the best activities that you can pick for your team building events. Aside from the fact that there are many bowling alleys in and around the city, these places also offer special services that can make your bowling experience with colleagues more enjoyable. For example, Planet Bowl in Mississauga holds team bowling tournaments, and ‘cosmic bowling’ nights that combines bowling and the feel of being in disco bars. If you want to read more about Planet Bowl and its services, you can check out the links available at the end of this article.
CI: The Crime Investigation
If you are a huge fan of the TV series Sherlock and board game Clue, then you will also love to do something mind-boggling and brain-stimulating with your co-workers. This team building activity reconstructs a scene that of a crime scene investigation—wherein you and your teammates have to use your powers and deduction and critical in order to solve the crime. You will also be immersed in a forensic investigation wherein you have to search for clues and preserve evidence to be used to solve the crime.
Secret Agent 007
Another thrilling and mentally exciting endeavor, this spin-off from the famous exploits of James Bond (popularly known as Agent 007) will bring you to the world of secret agents and international spies, with your roles as Special Operations Agents and your main goal to uncover the villain’s notorious criminal secrets. You will be briefed with MI6 knowledge and taught skills like map reading and code-breaking, and will be given various equipment to aid you on your quest.
The Great Camera Caper
This activity provides an avenue for you and your co-workers to take a tour of the city, as you will be tasked to find secret locations, finish challenges, and capturing them and the other wonders of the city on camera, and compete with other teams by scoring and earning the highest points to win the game.
This team building activity is not only meant for character building and cooperating and all that entails, but also for charity. Taken from yet another famous competition, teams are not only assigned to design something innovative and creative for the win, but also tasked to construct something (for example, a bike) to make someone—usually people from the chosen beneficiary of the event—happy, or hear the dreaded words “You’re fired” if it is not done.
GPS Geocache is another race that will put you under lots of stress and pressure, but here is a twist: your team gets to hold a GPS that will help you navigate your way to the finish line. But then again, the GPS will not give you the exact directions and you will have to complete many obstacles in order to go to the next round. Your team will be judged according to your accuracy, creativity, and your performance on your team’s challenges.
Boat Building Regatta
Yet another race, this time in the water, to test your wits and resourcefulness, the Boat Building Regatta is your typical boat race—except that your boat will have to be made out of cardboard and you will have to switch places as the boat rower at a specific station. This race will surely be exhilarating and will give you and your colleagues more quality time as you decide on how to best make do of your boat and win the race.
For those of you who would prefer to have team building activities that do not require much money and physical endowment but still make you utilize your brain skills and have a good time, this one is for you. This game will be Hollywood-themed and fit to any occasion as you discover more about the world of celebrities and paparazzi and popular culture. You will have to make headlines, do photo reenactments, and make amateur dramatics in order to earn points and win the game.
With so many team building activities, it should be easy for you to plan them out and take action. Most offices feel that team building activities are a waste of time, money and resources. But the fact is that these activities only make the employees bond together and work better with each other in an office environment, which ultimately boosts your business.