How to Make Team Building Activities in Melbourne a Success

How to Make Team Building Activities in Melbourne a Success





 

Looking for team building activities in Melbourne? After being separated for an extended period of time due to the pandemic, it’s never been more important to start spitballing those team bonding ideas to make sure that your office squad are still fit and firing. 

Thankfully, Melbourne is teeming with incredible teamwork activities and team building events for you and your colleagues to not only enjoy, but grow closer together as a team. After all, teamwork makes the dreamwork, so here are a few places to start - and a few to avoid - if you’re looking for effective office team building activities in Melbourne.

Don't

Team building activities can conjure up all manner of dread in the minds of employees that have been burnt in the past with poorly planned work retreats and exclusionary team bonding activities. You don’t want that, so here’s some advice right up the top: No teamwork activities should ever include camping. 

Unless you specifically work at a camping shop, office team building activities that take a group that far out of their comfort zone is a recipe for disaster. This isn’t because camping is terrible, but it’s because it will potentially divide your office into two extremes. You’ll have the employees that thrive in that environment, and the ones that will spend it in their tent, drafting their resignation, because they couldn’t think of anything worse to do with their weekend. There are better team building activities that aren’t just more crowd-pleasing, but also cheaper. 

 

Do

If you’re intent on getting the office team building activities involved with nature, Work-Shop in Melbourne hosts a variety of horticultural classes and experiences that can work wonders for your team. Our Native Bee Masterclass: Build A Bee Hotel is one of the most unusual team building activities available, but boy is it effective. As a team, you’ll build your very own “air bee-n-bee” to take home and put in your garden. Don’t stress though, you won’t actually have to handle any bees. 

Don't

Don’t do an improv or acting workshop. As far as team building activities in Melbourne go, these are a big no-no for the exact same reason that camping is: it will divide your office into two extremes. On one hand, there’ll be a handful of extroverted employees that would love their teamwork activities to involve them doing their best Robert DeNiro impression for the group. 

This will contrast heavily against their colleagues who would much prefer to improvise their way out of the spotlight and curl up in bed, away from anything that isn’t naturally introverted. Team building activities are also about finding a balance for your employees. 

 

Do

There are much more effective ways to take advantage of Melbourne’s thriving art scene for your next corporate event ideas. Paint and sip classes, for instance, are a fantastic alternative to the usual office drinks. Not only does it get everyone involved and having a great time with a few wines, but it also brings out their creativity! 

As far as team bonding ideas go, getting the imagination involved can really help them get to know each other, and paint and sip night works wonders for team building ice breakers. With so many Melbourne workshops available, you’re truly spoilt for choice. Sip And Paint Your Partner Class at 345 Art Creative is one of the best teamwork activities for a smaller office. If you’re chasing things to do in Melbourne for a larger group still in lockdown, Paint For Fun Melbourne run an incredibly inventive live stream class, perfect for your social distancing needs.

 

Don't

Getting everyone together for a morning run is one of the worst team building ice breakers imaginable. So unimaginable in fact, you may be reading this assuming we’re being ridiculous. Nope, getting your staff to be at the office at 7 am with an extra change of clothes so they can do two blocks of the CBD is definitely something that’s crossed our desk. 

Teamwork activities can never - and we do mean never - combine two absolute terrible ideas. Two negatives don’t make a positive, and this is a fantastic way to ensure your staff are grumpy, tired and irritated before the day has even begun.

Do

Although jogging is a hard sell when it comes to team building events, low impact exercise can still be very beneficial for office team building activities. Private Tai Chi classes are a fantastic way to get the office limber and offer them a break from the stresses of their desk. 

If, however, you’re intent on getting the staff into the office early for your team building activities, we do have some Melbourne workshops that can help you do this very successfully. 

Coffee School on Elizabeth St runs a barista and coffee art workshop specifically for team building! If you’re going to get the office out of bed early for your team building activities, it better be worth it, and learning to make coffee is so much more than just a rewarding experience. Being able to work collaboratively at an espresso machine is a fantastic way to get the gang learning to work with each other in small spaces. Not only does this make it one of the most effective and unusual team building activities in Melbourne, but your staff will also be rewarded with caffeine. Plenty of it.

 

Whatever you choose to do for your next teamwork activities in Melbourne, it’s best to choose something that isn’t too extreme and offers your colleagues something to take away that’s more than just a lesson in teamwork. Whether that’s heaps of coffee, a bee hotel for their own garden, or even a beautiful art piece, you can help them grow as a team and still avoid the classic tropes. 





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