Ultimate team building activities on the water

Written by Damian O’Keeffe on March 14, 2016
Team Building Events - Hornblower New York

 

Has your team’s enthusiasm been waning? Now’s the perfect time get the crew re-energized with a team building event.

Getting the team together for some bonding can have a significant impact on your business. Whether it’s an employee appreciation party or a full day of team building activities, you’ll be making a difference.

Whether you get everyone together for some bonding or an employee appreciation party, or decide to go the route of a full experience with team building activities, you’ll improve employee engagement, which can have a significant positive impact on your business.

Increased engagement among employees means your staff are 87% less likely to leave, and your business has the potential to have twice the net income of those with low employee engagement.

With these simple facts, it’s easy to see why team building can be important to your business.

And it’s easier than you might think to have a successful team event that is both fun and productive.

There are a few things you should keep in mind when planning team building exercises. Make sure any activities you plan are fun for everyone. As much as you love rock climbing, it’s possible not everyone you work with is going to feel the same.

Choose activities and games that you know everyone on your team will be comfortable doing, otherwise you may find you’re not helping improve morale at all.

Ice breakers
It’s always a good idea to start with a couple of ice breakers, especially if you have team members from different locations who may not know each other so well.

Seating plan:
Have your team members arrange their seating so that they are set according to name and birth month. It’s a simple idea but it does require a little bit of communication and organization and helps introduce those who are not yet acquainted. It’s a quick and effective way to start the day and get everyone in the right frame of mind.

First job/worst job:
Everyone has had a terrible job… or at least a first job. Each person writes down their name and the position they worked in their first job, or worst job. The job positions will be read out, and everyone has to guess who held that role. Again, it’s a fast and effective way for people to get to know each other a little better and they might also realize how good they’ve got it in their current job.

Do something with food
Everybody loves food. So, it makes sense that a team building food related activity is going to be a winner. And the best part is you get to eat the results.

Sushi or salsa making:
This is a perennial favorite and combines all the ingredients (pun intended) you need for a productive team building challenge. Participants will need to be organized so they are responsible for different elements; they can add creative touches and will need to communicate well for the best results, so it covers all the bases and everyone will enjoy devouring the final product.

Cupcake decorating:
This is another one that ticks all the boxes as far as what you want to achieve, especially if you make it a competition and encourage creativity. And everyone’s a winner because they get to eat cupcakes at the end.

Problem solving
Problem solving skills are vital to any successful workplace. Regardless of the industry you are in, you’ll want your staff to be able to work together to find solutions to problems. It’s an absolute must for success.

Scavenger hunt:
One of the all-time great team building games. Scavenger hunts are great fun and a really effective way of getting your crew to communicate, problem solve and work together… under pressure!

Lost at sea:
Always a good challenge when you’re on a yacht. In this activity, the crew will be divided into groups, that have been stranded aboard a boat with a list of items and a box of matches. The teams have to decide which they need most in order to survive. They’ll then be tested against the official list of the US Coast Guard. You can find everything you need for this problem solving challenge here.

Finish with karaoke
We recommend ending any team building event in NYC with some karaoke. You’ll also want some drinks to go with the singing as a reward for a hard day’s work.