Making your employees feel like they are part of a team plays an integral role in retaining them and ensuring that they have the bonds to communicate effectively while they’re on the job. Too often, top talent leaves a company because of poor communication or because they simply don’t feel that connected on the job. If you want to increase the sense of team that your employees feel, taking the time to do team-building activities can help. Here are four activities that you can try.

Make a Movie

If you want to give your employees a gift that will also build a sense of team, make a movie of things you do at the retreat. You could also have each team make a short film based on a theme or concept. You can have employees take video footage with their phones or a video camera, then you can make a compilation of what they shoot. Once all the films are finished and put together, then you can have a film premiere with all of the films strung back to back. You could also add a level of competition by awarding prizes for the films similar to the Oscars or Emmys.

Cooking Lessons

Many people like to cook, and those who do are always looking for new recipes, so this activity is sure to be a favorite with many. It also lets your employees work together on something that’s not related to work so that they get to know each other better. If you’d like to incorporate this activity into your team-building plan, you can have each team member teach each other a recipe. This method will also help others get to know each other’s preferences. Another method is to hire a professional service to come to your retreat to teach your employees a new style of cooking or how to make their favorite drinks. This can be a lot of fun because nearly everyone will likely learn something and enjoy eating the results afterward.

Campfire Stories

Have a campfire at a campground or someone’s house. It’s a great way for your employees to reminisce about some of the good times that they’ve had at work, and the campfire vibe makes people feel connected to one another. Playing games is a great way to connect with other people. You could have a presentation element to the activity where people perform skits, read scary stories, sing songs and play instruments, or anything that would bring your group closer together.

Have a Party With an Open Bar

If you want to give your employees an opportunity to let loose a little, have a party and give free drinks to your employees. It’s a way that you can reward your team for a job well done, and it sets a party vibe that makes people appreciate each other more. Just remember to remind employees to drink responsibly and arrange for a designated driver. It’s dangerous to drive while under the influence of alcohol, and a DWI conviction can have lifelong consequences.

Taking the time to build bonds between your employees through team-building activities will help your employees get to know each other and gain each other’s trust. And when people feel appreciated, they spend more time working on their projects and they have more effective communication. These things lead to greater employee retention and better productivity.

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