With the hustle and bustle of corporate life, it can be hard to maintain a sense of connection and mutual support in the workplace. Creating a team environment in a corporate setting is not always a simple task, and many people cringe at the thought of employee team-building exercises. Spending a weekend orienteering in the Blue Mountains so you can be “more connected with Brett from HR” could very possibly have the opposite effect. But fear not! ClassBento has assembled a list of the perfect corporate team activities in Sydney for your next work outing to ensure your employees are unwinding from the office stress whilst also growing closer as a work-family. There’s no i in team, but there is one in “Good idea, let’s all do that!”
Corporate entertainment that will keep bellies full and spirits high
Nearly everyone has memories of learning to cook with a loved one, standing out by the BBQ on Christmas while the sausages sizzle or going over to a grandparent’s house for them to feed you until you burst. One way or another, food means something different to everyone, but it all holds a special place in our hearts and stomachs. Bringing people together through cooking is a surefire way to strengthen relationships within your team, and for your colleagues to learn more about each other. Nothing brings people together like food, and a casual cooking class is both a safe bet and a unique office bonding exercise.
Pizza-making is one of ClassBento’s most popular options for company events. Although distinctly Italian, pizza is universal and ridiculously fun to make. Learn the techniques for creating a primo dough, topping it off with fresh ingredients, and then savouring the fruits of your labour all with a drop of vino and some quality company. Most of our classes cater to all dietary requirements and private bookings ensure your team gets the attention they need.
If pizza-making isn’t adventurous enough and the office needs a challenge, fret not, we’ve got you covered as well. Ramen expert Yoshiko Takeuchi will run your team through the intricacies of creating the perfect bowl of noodles that doubles as a superfood. Takeuchi’s classes are vegan-friendly (with the exception of her Advanced cooking class), and if ramen is diving too far into the deep end, she also teaches a Japanese Cooking Class for Beginners that covers the classics, such as teriyaki, miso soup, and nailing the perfect bowl of rice. With classes like this, you’ll have the workplace finding their ikigai in no time.
With all these savoury options, it would be amiss not to include something for all you chocolate lovers out there. Discover the history of chocolate, the process of making it, and the subsequent and excessive consumption of it with our Chocolate Truffle Workshops! A trained chocolatier (think Willy Wonka) will take you through the magical world of chocolate creation and put you to work on making your own selection of delectable truffles. Not only is the class BYO, but it can also come to you! Nothing unites a group of people like a spontaneous trip to a chocolate factory. But this is a company event, so I’m afraid you’ll have to leave your Grandpa Joe at home.
A sure-fire winner for an end of year company event
The ol’ Paint and Sip has become a bit of a group outing classic in the last decade and for good reason. Nothing combines artistic laissez-faire and a sense of accomplishment like learning to paint while knocking back a few wines with the work gang. Get your creative juices flowing as you and your team learn the finer aspects of painting all while swirling a glass of your favourite red. With classes all over Sydney that cater to beginners who’ve never picked up a brush, through to freeform expressionism that lets your artistic mind run rampant, we have a range of paint and sip options for your corporate team. Perfect as a unifying replacement to the standard Friday night drinks, or a cultured pre-drinks situation before the staff continues the evening, debating over whose brushstrokes were worthy of buying the next round.
Cocktail making has a long and honourable tradition, and although most people enjoy the receiving end of that tradition, few learn the skills necessary to become a true mixologist. But with our selection of cocktail making courses, your entire team can learn the ins and outs of perfecting their favourite cocktails all while reaping the rewards of their collective efforts.
Mobile cocktail making classes can even come directly to you!. Li’l Darlin in Surry Hills runs a mobile minibar that caters from 15-50 people, and can come directly to your office! Each participant will usually create three cocktails, however, Li’l Darlin specialises in tailored packages, so you can give the company exactly what it needs to relax with a drink. To make things a little bit more difficult, our Cocktail and Dumpling Making class in Potts Point is perfect for beginners of either discipline who want to establish bragging rights on their ability to multitask.
Need craftier ideas for company team building activities?
Need to make the office greener but don’t know where to start? Get the team together and organise one of our DIY Terrarium Making workshops. Perfect for group bookings, building a terrarium is a great way to unwind and shake off the office blues with your colleagues. Terrarium making has a real meditative aspect to it and is proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure, whilst also sharpening mental focus. Each terrarium is unique to the individual, making it ideal for teams to create together while also being able to add their own unique style and flair to their creations. Many of our DIY Terrarium workshops are situated out at Bondi, so reinvigorate the team with some fresh coastal air and some plant-based group meditation.
Got some office mud-slinging? Nip it in the bud with some office clay-throwing! Nothing is more synonymous with pottery than wheel-throwing (you know that scene from Ghost?) and with our Intro to Pottery Wheel Throwing there’ll be no more debates on who used who’s coffee mug in the office. This is perfect for smaller office teams, with class sizes maxing out at six to enable each class member to get the required attention. This gets messy however, and it’s probably best to let everyone know in advance so they don’t ruin their best set of brogues. Everything made gets to be kept, and the pottery workshop will throw it in the kiln and glaze it for you, included in the cost of the class. With a team exercise like this, the only thing getting fired will be the clay you all bonded over.