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Ideas for fun team day

Ideas for fun team day

by Sarita Rao 5 min. 01.03.2020 From our online archive
Put your heads together to escape, raft across a river, drum some djembe beats, or hold a masterchef competition.
Escape rooms vary from cracking codes to being on a secret agent mission
Escape rooms vary from cracking codes to being on a secret agent mission

If the words "team building" fill you with the dread of endless personality tests or boring training sessions in airless meeting rooms, then we've got some unusual ideas for an unforgettable team day, that will help you get to know your colleagues, challenge you, or make you smile, but most of all, give you something to talk about at the water cooler.

Get musical – African drumming or record a song

Is everyone in the company drumming to the same beat? If not then African drumming workshops, using the popular djembe drum, can help the team drum in harmony, pick up on non-verbal cues and improve communications. Alternatively spend an afternoon in the recording studio under the direction of coaches and sound engineers and record your own team song with the You Music Rock University.

Escape Rooms, secret agents and Louis XIV

OUTpeform founder Jens Christian Haugaard helps companies to introduce new staff to the team, or management to develop their leadership skills. He combines his organisational and professional development skills to focus on concrete behavioural changes through a mix of training including escape games. If you prefer just to get off-site, lock yourself up and try to escape by solving puzzles and clues, then 216k escape room, can get your team to work under pressure, and use their logic and analytical skills to learn from each other (small teams only for indoor quests).

If you're limited on time, then you can race against the clock to discover hidden clues from Dr X to crack the code and save the world from a deadly virus that infiltrates drinking water in a two-hour secret agent mission. If you need the escape game to come to your offices or another location, Escape Hunt can organise this, or you can use their premises for team building events. Bigger teams can go back in time to the 17th century and solve clues to lead them to the treasure of the castle.

Let your creativity flow

If everyone in the team just needs to relax, you can explore your artistic talents in corporate team painting and art workshops run by ikris8 or Sonja Soyer. Alternatively, you can liven up the office cupboard with a collection of personalised mugs created in an afternoon at Nordic Stella in Strassen.

Cook up a feast

A number of caterers also provide team building packages. Bertrand L'Atelier de Cuisine has a team cooking workshop (up to eight people) followed by a tasting. Cook lunch with your colleagues at Luxlait Vitarium, then take a tour of the dairy as part of a team day out, or if your team likes a bit of competition, you can run your own Masterchef. A team with a sweet-tooth should head to Steinfort and try their hand at artisanal chocolate making at Genaveh.

Driving, horses and raft-building

Most team members sigh when they hear the team away day will be something sporty or outdoors, in which the super-athletic get to show off. For something a bit different, and not based on the size of your biceps, try a team driving day with the CFC in Colmar-Berg. It might help everyone with their commute to work.

Building something together is another good way to improve team-working, and a raft building day gets you to do just that using different materials including ropes, wood and barrels. How well your team has worked to build it will be tested with a quick raft across the lake or river. 

If you're on a tight budget or you're a small business looking for a low-cost fun day out, try geocaching. If the team wants to be active but donate to charity you can organise a team day with a professional athlete from Luxembourg via Sportunity, with the money you pay going to the charity.

Make your own movie, impro or meet an orchestra

If life life at the office is a drama, you can literally make it into one, with a make your own movie team day, or act it out in a three-hour teambuilding workshop on theatrical improvisation, including warm-up exercises and role play. The musically inclined team can join a Belgian maestro to meet the orchestra and learn how to conduct.

Wine, beer or cider tasting

If all else fails, every team member will get to know each other a little better after a glass or two. You can try out some wine tasting in Remich on the banks of the Moselle with Bernard-Massard, or stay in town and taste at Invino Gildas. Take a tour of the Bofferding brewery and then sample some beers, or visit Ramborn Cider in Born. Got a young team who likes to party? Try a team cocktail making competition, to find out the history of cocktails, the bar tools you’ll need, and the all important mixing.

Teams on a shoestring budget should consider a karaoke night at either EireLux or Oscars. You can learn a lot about someone from the song they choose to sing, and both bars have a good selection of beers to oil the vocal chords.

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