Great Team Buildings Apps for less than $5

Great Team Buildings Apps for less than $5

(Disclaimer – the links provided here, link to the iTunes store but my understanding is that may are available for androids as well.)

goose chase

Goose Chase is a FREE app that allows you to develop a scavenger hunt for your team.

group games

Group Games is an app that puts 50 game ideas in your hands to build trust amongst team members.  It costs $0.99.  Note: If you get to the App Store and find an icon that has a white “X” with colored circles at the ends, you’ve found the right app (looks like they may have changed their icon recently).

trainer activities

Trainer Activities is a $1.99 app that puts 30 ideas to create positive group atmosphere.

scavenger hunt anywhere

Scavenger Hunt Anywhere is a FREE app that allows you to create a scavenger hunt for your team using their smart phones.

icreativity

iCreativity is another FREE app that allows teams to compete and find new ways to communicate, in a fun game atmosphere.

team quotes

Team Building Quotes is a FREE app that shares quotes about team building.

reverse charades

Reverse Charades is a FREE app that allows your team to act out words or phrases, while one person guesses.

heads up

Heads Up is a $0.99 game that allows your team to play the real charades from any iphone or ipad, with a variety of categories – and allows you to take a team photo at the end.

app of icebreakers

Icebreakers is a FEE app (also called “The Great App of Icebreakers”) that provides a variety of energizing icebreakers for your team.

free icebreakers

Free Icebreakers is a FREE app that provides a variety of questions that you can ask of your team (you may have to replace “family” with “team”, and some questions may be too personal for work.

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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ACTIVITIES

Here’s what my boss calls a “data dump” – the list of a variety of links that lead to descriptions of team building activities… have fun, get lost!

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!

Biography in a Bag

Brown Bagg’n It!

Here’s a great get-to-know-you team building exercise.  Coming in as a new manager or after you’ve been with the company for a suitable amount of time where you can begin to get a little more personal…

Either ask your team in advance to prepare for the assignment, or you begin by doing this as a manager on your own…so that the team can get to know you.  Bring in at least 5 personal items that describe your background, interests, representations of who you are, hobbies, passions, etc. 

A fun variation of this is to ask people to do this on the fly with what they’ve brought with them to the meeting (i.e. purses, wallets, key chains, lanyards, laptops, etc.).