When it comes to company team building, there are a lot of different ideas that pop into people’s minds. Bowling, laser tag, scavenger hunts, escape rooms, go karts, or even a good old-fashioned evening of drinks at the pub. While those are all great events, having fun is not the only way to develop bonds between employees.
One of the best group events that a company can plan is to organize a community service activity. It provides an opportunity for your team to unite over a greater cause and can build emotional connections between co-workers.
Some specific ways that you can volunteer for team building are:
- Building homes with Habitat for Humanity
- Serving meals at a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen
- Beautification in nearby parks or schools
- Coordinating a clothing or toy drive for the holidays in your building
- Disaster or storm clean up.
When it comes to planning this kind of team activity, there are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind.
- You might get low attendance. Not everybody gets excited about community service so you don’t want to force it. Of course, regardless of what you plan, not everyone will love it!
- There are safety considerations. If you are serving at a homeless shelter you might interact with people who have mental health issues. Make sure that if your employees are on the front lines they know to handle difficult situations and know what they are getting into.
- Accept a little chaos. Community service events tend to be a bit disorganized, it just comes with the terrain. Provide good leadership if your team finds themselves unsure of what to work on or if there is some “standing around” time.
- Careful what you dig up. Many non-profits might require a background check if their clients are women and/or children. This could create an embarrassing situation for an employee.
- Decompress and reflect. Take some time afterwards to talk about what people saw and their experiences.
- Do it again. Give people who have a passion for that work the opportunity to dive deeper within the organization. You could be providing them with an important element in their personal life that they will appreciate.
We hope that you’ll consider serving your local city for an upcoming team building event. Fun is not the only way to develop deeper bonds between employees.