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Get your team ready to take on the New Year with these great team building ideas

Get your team ready to take on the New Year with these great team building ideas
December 21, 2018 John

Want to get your team in tiptop condition for 2019? The new year often can cause your workplace culture to take a bump, and that can dramatically impact your ability to deliver.

Or maybe your team has been in a rut for a while, and you need to get them into a state to take on 2019. Read on to find out some interesting and out-there team building ideas to get your team ready to take on the new year!

Use your collective brains in an Escape Room

Ronin Digital Marketing Brisbane | Get your team ready to take on the new year with these great team building ideas

Problem-solving is the tried-and-tested method for making your team stronger. And what better problem-solving than trying to break out of a room and solve a mystery. Escape Rooms have been popping up all over Brisbane in the last few years, and their popularity keeps growing. Involving puzzles and riddles, players are locked inside a room for an hour and have to use teamwork to complete a series of objectives and, eventually, escape the room. Addictively fun and full of memories, Escape Rooms come in all types of themes with various plots involving spies, ghosts and gangsters. They are a great way to get your team working together and getting closer, and will give your team plenty to reminisce on.

If your team is into horror movies, book a frightful Escape Room at Escape Manor on Edward Street.

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Survive waves of virtual-reality zombies

Ronin Digital Marketing Brisbane | Get your team ready to take on the new year with these great team building ideas

Being thrown together into a dicey situation is a surefire way to get your team to do some bonding. Now, I’m not suggesting you get yourself into an actual risky scenario, but instead getting your team together for an action-packed evening of virtual-reality danger. From surviving epic sci-fi adventures to battling your colleagues in an intense firefight, virtual-reality games have been popping up across Australia and allows your team to engage in free-roaming, large-scale, multiplayer entertainment. It’s taking video games out of the living room and brings people together in an active and imaginative way. It’s a great way to get your team working together and can turn teambuilding from a dull chore to an evening of high-intensity action.

Zero Latency is the world’s leading virtual-reality gaming company and were one of the first to provide warehouse-scale virtual reality experiences. They offer a wide range of games for up to eight players, from fighting waves of zombie attacks to space-age rescue missions, or even just battling it out against each other. And with warehouses in Brisbane and Melbourne, you’ll be sure to find an action-packed evening near you!

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Get outdoors with some kayaking

If heading to the outdoors as a team piques your interest, then kayaking needs to be your go-to teambuilding activity. Less physically demanding than rogaining and more horizontally organised than a hike, kayaking is a great way to bring colleagues together outside of work. Going out on the river for a kayaking adventure allows staff to burn some steam, and is a great way to break down barriers. Any forms of workplace hierarchy immediately go out the door when there are managers and staff falling facefirst into the water. Two-person kayaks are also the perfect remedy if you’ve noticed any animosity between colleagues. Squeeze two people into a kayak and tell them to paddle upstream, and they’ll be best friends by the end of the day. You’ll have plenty of laughs and memories to share, and your team will be stronger for it.

Riverlife offers popular 2-hour kayak tours of the Brisbane River. If you think your workplace needs some serious teambuilding and could go with an adventure, check out this 7-day paddling tour of the Jurassic Parkesque Hinchinbrook Island.

Play a game of Campfire Stories

Ronin Digital Marketing Brisbane | Get your team ready to take on the new year with these great team building ideas

Most people sigh at the idea of teambuilding games, and you can’t blame them. They are usually fairly unoriginal and seem more like an episode of The Office than a worthwhile teambuilding exercise. That’s why it’s a good idea to take games from outside the workplace context and work them into your teambuilding activities. One such game is Campfire Stories, based on – you guessed it – telling stories around the campfire. Campfire Stories revolves around the idea that employees don’t learn by reading manuals or doing boring e-modules. They learn through the stories and experiences of other staff. Start by writing down some prompts, like “Tell us about your daily commute” or “How was your first day here”, and put them in a box. Get your team in a circle and have someone pick a prompt out of the box. They then use that prompt to tell a story of theirs. Simple. Campfire Stories is very versatile and can be modified to suit your team, and is an excellent way to introduce more experienced staff to new staff. This game works well with some post-work beers or, even better, a work camping trip.

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