Scavenger Hunt: Great for Morale

Building a solid team is sometimes the hardest part of finding success within your business. Some people are born team players; others have to be coaxed into looking out for the best interest of the team. Have you ever seen a basketball player that refuses to pass? This type of person is everywhere.

When it comes to running a business it is important that you turn even the biggest ball hog into one who knows when to pass and when to shoot. It isn't enough to tell this person that he needs to share in order to find success; you need to help this person create a bond with his/her teammates in order to make it work for the greater good.

Over the years, team bonding exercises have helped athletes achieve success. Implement these same ideas in your business and you should be on the road to greatness and a healthy work environment.

Getting to know one another outside of the job is helpful to find a common respect for those you see every day. If you find yourself irritated by one of your co-workers, team bonding can help you understand aspects of someone's personality in a way that you just can't get during the day-to-day running of business.

A Team Building Activity That Worked

For example, a former employer of mine hired a company a few years back to put together an incredible scavenger hunt. We got to take a break from work and have a little fun with our co-workers. This was incentive enough to make everyone excited. A break from the daily routine was just what we needed. It helped combat any negative energy that was going on and none of us knew it was coming, which made it that much more exciting.

Our employer had limos rented and went all out to keep our attention from beginning to end. Once we reached our unknown destination, we were given a list of items to find. Being a company that is creativity-based, we were taken to a local museum where there were items hidden in and around the area.

There was a five block radius that we were confined to, but the area was filled with inspiration that sparked all of our interest. We all knew what a scavenger hunt was, but as a group of about 50, only three of us had ever participated in one.

We were put into groups based on those who we did not work the best with. This was a key factor in the outcome. We could have easily been placed with our particular “cliques,” but that would have defeated the purpose.

I was reluctantly paired with six other co-workers, one of which I could never see eye-to-eye with. Of course, this was intentional, but I was upset all the same. In the name of competition, I put a smile on my face and set out to win.

By the end of the event, we not only came out ahead, but I had made a new friend in a co-worker I would have never expected. This changed the dynamics of our team and raised morale. My former employer still does this event once a year. He is a firm believer that this one day changed the face of his business.

There are many activities one can do to build a stronger team. I recommend several small team bonding experiences throughout the year, with one big one in which you go all out, giving everyone the day to get to know one another outside of the office.

This guest post was written by Liz, a blogger, freelance writer and recent college graduate. She currently performs market research for an online marketing firm when she is not contributing her own thoughts and observations to the online community.

About Denise O'Berry

Denise O'Berry is President of The Small Business Edge Corp, a small business consulting firm. A small business owner since 1996, Denise understands the challenges facing small business. She's lived them herself and helped hundreds of clients work through the frustrations, fears, and joys of owning a small business. Denise is the author of Small Business Cash Flow: Strategies for Making Your Business a Financial Success, a practical guide about keeping the cash in your business - where it belongs. Find more resources and tips at deniseoberry.com and askteamdoc.com