Looking for the ideal team building activities for your employees? Overwhelmed by the vast range of options available to you? Let us help you narrow it down!
In your search of perfect team building activities, you will notice that many are focused on providing either competitive or collaborative activities. Both provide a way for employees to achieve a common goal and grow as professionals and people in the process. But which type better suits your team members and your team building objectives?
Competitive Team Building Experience
A competitive team building experience is an activity where individuals attempt to complete a task or solve a problem the fastest or most effectively. Meanwhile, their fellow employees attempt to do the same alongside them. It can also be when two or more groups are pitted against one another as they try to achieve the same goal. In competitive activities, there is always a winning and a losing party.
The value of competitive team building activities is that they quickly reveal the communication styles of those around you. In competitions where individuals compete against one another, the strengths and weaknesses of each employee are often highlighted by their performance in the task at hand.
In activities where teams compete against one another, everyone in both groups is under pressure to perform. However, not everyone reacts to that pressure the same way. Some jump at the chance to lead, others avoid it at all costs. Some people are totally open to taking direction and advice, others really hate it. And realizing these things about your co-workers in a fun, light-hearted situation provides great insights on how you can communicate better with them in the office.
These activities also provide a space for team members to practice different team roles. For those used to always taking charge in the office, a fun activity like this can be a great opportunity to step back and show that they can be a team player and follow someone else’ lead as well. For people who tend to be more quiet and easy-going, this is a great place to practice their leadership skills and take charge of their team!
Need ideas of some fun and exhilarating competitive team building activities? Try Go-Karting, Paintball or Laser tag with The Fun Plan and get the added bonus of doing your activity in a beautiful and exotic location in Spain or Portugal!
Collaborative Team Building Experience
A collaborative team building experience is an activity where a group of employees are given a problem, unfamiliar situation, or challenging set of tasks that they must solve, navigate or complete together. In these activities, communication is key and can make all the difference in either the success or failure of the group. There are no winners or losers like there are in competitions. If the group succeeds, everyone shares in that success and if it fails, everyone shares in that too!
The best collaborative challenges are ones that are very difficult or near impossible for any one individual to complete on their own. That is because they require a team: a group of individuals, each with their own unique set of hard and soft skills to contribute.
The value of collaborative team building activities is that people discover quickly that their skills and knowledge are not enough to complete the given task alone. When faced with this realization, people learn to value and appreciate the contributions of their fellow employees on a greater level. People who are used to controlling situations and settling for nothing less than perfect can learn to show humility, patience and trust in their co-workers’ abilities to get a job done, instead of relying on theirs alone.
For a totally memorable and rewarding collaborative team building experience, take your employees on an iPhone scavenger hunt in the streets of Lisbon, or river rafting in Portugal’s Pena Adventura Park park with The Fun Plan!
Finally, remember that you can also find plenty of activities which incorporate both competitive and collaborative elements! Any activity where two teams compete with one another to complete a task the fastest will do this. This is because the members within each team collaborate with one another, while each collective group competes against the other!
So, now that you understand the difference between competitive and collaborative team building activities, which will you choose?