MOST HORRIFYING TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES

MOST HORRIFYING TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES

Wow – Some of these are just WRONG..but they’ll make you LAUGH too! (CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE TO GET THE FULL DETAILS).

But the moral of the story is to be sensitive and consider the limitations of the people in your team, when doing team-building activities.

Here are some take-aways from the website linked for this post:

  • Consider people’s dignity, personal space, and privacy – NO, it’s not appropriate to have to be naked with your boss!
  • Athletic-type activities can be very miserable for some.  For others art activities make them cringe and edgy.  Also, be aware of physical limitations (especially when they’re related to worker’s comp injuries)!
  • If the activity is competitive, be sure to split up groups fairly.
  • The top complaint about team building exercises is that they don’t relate to the work we do – so make it relevant and explain the importance of working as a team.  Be sure the team has buy-in – and at the very least, it’ll be a day away from the office.
  • Team building may not be able to repair morale or communication issues, that’s when personnel interventions are needed – and they take TIME!
Don’t choose activities that might violate people’s dignity, privacy, or personal space. Something you might enjoy with close friends isn’t always appropriate for the workplace. Realize that what’s fun for some people is miserable for others. This especially includes athletic activities and public performances. A top complaint about team-building exercises is that they have no bearing on how people spend their time the other 364 days of the year, so ask yourself whether the activity really relates to the work people are there to do. If the team-building is meant to fix a communication or morale problem, it’s probably not the right solution. Those issues require management to step in and take action. – See more at: http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2012/07/06/the-10-most-horrifying-team-building-exercises/#sthash.WoVoLQ8b.dpuf
Don’t choose activities that might violate people’s dignity, privacy, or personal space. Something you might enjoy with close friends isn’t always appropriate for the workplace. Realize that what’s fun for some people is miserable for others. This especially includes athletic activities and public performances. A top complaint about team-building exercises is that they have no bearing on how people spend their time the other 364 days of the year, so ask yourself whether the activity really relates to the work people are there to do. If the team-building is meant to fix a communication or morale problem, it’s probably not the right solution. Those issues require management to step in and take action. – See more at: http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2012/07/06/the-10-most-horrifying-team-building-exercises/#sthash.WoVoLQ8b.dpuf

My most horrifying team building experience was called “Land Mine”.  I had to work with a partner to guide my steps (while i was blindfolded) across a tarp covered in thumb tacks.  I made it through okay, but when we had to change partners, I could see the pain and anguish on his face when he would step on a tack.  OUCH!

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