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Picking and choosing fun corporate team building activities in Sydney can be difficult. Any employer worth their salt doesn’t want to drag their team through a well-worn trope or worse, an event so outlandish it might divide the workplace. Team building is a delicate exercise but like a tre bien souffle, one must rise to make it palatable. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of team building Do’s, and corporate team building Don’ts, just in case you needed a nudge in the right direction.
Effective team building relies on providing a positive shared experience that employees can continue to bond over long after it's finished, and cooking classes are ideal for this. You’ll find ClassBento’s marketplace is chock-full of cooking classes and they’re one of our most popular categories. Not only are they fun, but they’re also challenging, with many relying on group collaboration to create the perfect bowl or plate. Nothing builds camaraderie like getting the office into the kitchen. Channelling their focus into pizza toppings instead of reports is a surefire way to keep things fresh and remind your colleagues that the people that sit next to them are, in fact, people. Classes such as pizza-making, dumpling-making, or even Japanese Street Food Cooking are a great method of giving a new team a sense of solidarity. The best part, of course, is that at the conclusion of the class, you all sit down and enjoy the spoils of your efforts together.
If your team dynamic is well-established and you’re looking for something a little more demanding, our cooking intensive classes may be the right fit for you and your colleagues. The vast majority of our intensive classes are suitable for beginners and require no pre-requisite knowledge. With an increased level of difficulty, however, the need for communication and individual engagement is elevated, making them more suitable for a team looking to strengthen on already established relationships. Japanese chef Yoshiko Takeuchi runs multiple classes covering Japanese cooking, and her experience with some of Japan’s best chefs ensures you’re getting an authentic Japanese cooking experience. Her intensive cooking classes, such as her Japanese Favourites: Gyoza and Sushi, will have your team yelling “Sugoi!” well after the day is finished.
We all love a barbeque, but wheeling the Webber into the conference room for a team cook-in will send the fire alarms into a spin, and make your place of business smell like a sausage for weeks. If you had your heart set on this iconic Australian past time this, try one of our team BBQ classes instead.
Taking an individual out of their comfort zone can be a hard sell. But when you have a collective experiencing something new together, it can go a long way to strengthening their relationship with each other in both a team setting and as individuals. Tai Chi may not be everyone’s cup of green tea at first, but the philosophy behind it is more relevant in today’s world than it ever has been. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice of focusing on the connection between mind and body through movement control and breathing. The purpose of this practice is to cultivate what’s known as qi, or life energy within the body, to achieve a state of harmony with the inner self.
Tai Chi is the physical manifestation of mindfulness and has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and even assist in relieving joint pain. Our private Tai Chi classes specialise in corporate sessions and can travel to you. This is an ideal solution for melting away work-related stress, particularly if you and the team have recently been through a difficult and busy time.
Alternatively, if you want to get the team embracing their inner carnival spirit, our Souldance Class may be the right fit. Embracing holistic teaching methodology, dancer Genevieve Rogan will take you and the team through an energising and blissful movement experience, combining elements of meditation and free-form movement for a truly unique experience. SoulDance runs over four weeks, covering the four elements of earth, water, fire, and air. As far as team bonding activities go it’s a truly unique choice, but fortune favours the bold.
Sky-diving is a wonderful individual activity, but it doesn’t make for a cohesive outdoor team building exercise. It may be a shared experience, however, many people have reservations about falling ten thousand feet strapped to a complete stranger, with their colleagues watching on. Tai Chi requires no parachute and has a heavier focus on inner peace.
Paint and Sip classes are one of ClassBento’s most popular options as they combine artistic exuberance with a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer. Suggesting a paint and sip class to your colleagues is an almost foolproof way of guaranteeing attendance at your next team building events. Although a teacher instructs the class through each brushstroke, paint and sip is notoriously informal and gives the team a chance to relax and drink with each other without the alcohol being the sole focus. This relieves the social pressure that can often come with social drinking and allows them to show a different side of themselves on the canvas.
If you’d like the sole focus to, in fact, be on the booze, get your team shaking and stirring with our Fun Classic Cocktail Making Class that can travel straight to you. Nothing rounds off a week like an early knockoff and a few cold ones, but take it up a notch and get the gang making their own concoctions with The Sydney Mixologists, who’ll cover three classic cocktails and can cater for up to two hundred individuals. If you’re chasing something hands-on but alcohol-free, the Kombucha Making Workshop run by botanical alchemist Chris Thomas is sure to get the creative juices flowing. Not only will the team all leave with a bottle of their own kombucha, but they’ll also have with their own kombucha starter, so they can keep creating at home.
Although sports bring people together, taking your team out to watch test match cricket is fraught with peril. If you ask your team to sit in the sun all day watching a sport they might not enjoy, they’ll truly understand why five days of cricket is called “a test.” Save the healthy competition for the paint and sip session.
Pottery may not be the team building activities for work you've ever considered before, but if your team is on the smaller side, our range of pottery and craft workshops might be just what the doctor ordered. Andrea Madelina, an expert with clay, runs a Hand-Building Pottery workshop out of her cosy ceramics studio in Marrickville. She prides herself on teaching the creative process with a mindful and relaxed energy, making this a truly unique option for a small but busy team. If you have a larger group to cater for, however, Silky Shapes Pottery Studios runs Beginners Pottery classes: a series of three classes that cover wheel-throwing, trimming and glazing. Silky Shapes specialise in private bookings and are flexible with their options, so if this doesn’t suit get in contact and organise an event that’s unique to your team.
Please don’t attempt to build your own kiln. Although this may seem like a crafty way to get the staff to bond through cooperation, working with fire in an office space has never truly been effective, and you could end up burning the building down. Plus, the paperwork would be a nightmare.