It can be hard to set aside a team building exercise day, especially at a busy financial institution. Your employees are busy people, after all, and you can't exactly close the credit union for the day to make sure everyone is on the same page. If you want to build trust among your team to have the most efficient group you can fear not. There are plenty of options that will fit into the end of a typical meeting. Give these team building exercises a try at your credit union.
Two Truths and a Lie
Not only is this a classic icebreaker, but it's also a lot of fun. Especially in a meeting at the beginning of the day, this activity can start off your week with everyone on the same page. This team building exercise works like this: everyone in the group (it works best with smaller groups) comes up with two facts to share about themselves. Then everyone comes up with one believable lie. When the three statements are shared, the others in the group attempt to decide on which is the lie. This will bring your team closer together, let everyone laugh a little bit, and most importantly will get people talking to work out a solution.
This team building exercise takes a little longer, but won't kill a whole day. Again, it's a fun activity that gets everyone working together to solve a problem, skills which can translate to real life situations. The team is broken into smaller groups, and each group is given various materials. The groups have a set time limit in which to assemble a contraption that will protect an egg from a drop of some height.
Probably the most thought of team building exercise, but it's a classic for a reason. Split into pairs; one person faces away from the other. The person in front closes their eyes and lets themselves fall backward, to be caught by their partner. This is especially helpful for teams that have trouble delegating or asking for help, as it builds trust between coworkers. It's very simple and very effective.
This is another super simple and super effective team building exercise, it can be tacked on to the end of a meeting and only takes a couple of minutes. Again, the team gets into pairs. This time, though, they face each other and simply make eye contact for about a minute. It will almost certainly cause giggles at first, but in the end, it's a powerful activity that builds not only trust but empathy between employees. When you share a stare with a coworker, a bond is formed, and the team is strengthened.
This is a fun activity that works wonders for communication. It can be done in pairs, or in small groups. One person describes a simple image while the other attempts to draw. The results will almost certainly be hilarious. In a group, after the picture is drawn a new person describes what's in the picture while a fourth person attempts to draw. They can compare the before and after and discuss what they could have done to make the description more clear.
Come up with a challenge; it could be anything from writing and sending a letter or email to filling a glass with water. Assign an assortment of objects to each team. The teams must use the objects to accomplish the challenge. This team building exercise will promote communication and most importantly creative problem-solving. When a team can work together to think outside of the box, they'll be more effective in everyday situations. This can prove to be a valuable asset in a financial institution.
Discomfort is great for growth, and this simple activity can be incredibly uncomfortable. Build up a meeting, make it sound like something exciting will be revealed, but don't say what will happen. When the team is gathered, just walk into the meeting and say nothing. Just wait. Give it about a minute, and talk about the mood in the room and the anxiety produced by this unusual act. This kind of activity can lead team members to be more self-aware and considerate of what is happening around them and with the company.
Not everyone appreciates a good team building exercise, but they can bring your group closer together, improve communication, and create more versatile employees with excellent critical thinking skills. These are a great start, and they can even start the day off with a fun and amicable mood. Many can be done in a minute or two, so what are you waiting for?
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