Working in a small business certainly has a family feel to it, but it’s still important to set aside time for non-work-related team bonding. When people like and respect one another, they’re much more likely to work better together. Getting together outside of the workplace allows employees to get to know one another as people — not just coworkers.
Here are some team bonding exercises and activities that have worked great for our team in the past:
- Show & Tell: On Show & Tell days, each team member shares something important to him and her for about 10-15 minutes. These activities have been hugely successful for our team, as we get to learn more about one another while doing something unrelated to work. People have shared about hobbies, personal experiences, vacations, and other passions.
- Team Gatherings: We always make time for casual team get-togethers, no matter how big or small. Some Hudson team favorites have been summertime BBQs, after work happy hours, early morning breakfasts, Escape Room adventures, Friday lunch outings, and even a simple, midday walk to Starbucks to break up the work day. This is when we’re truly able to kick-back and just enjoy one another’s company on a personal level.
- Volunteering: Some of Hudson’s most memorable experiences have come from volunteering with Morris Habitat for Humanity, at Market Street Mission’s thrift store and soup kitchen, and participating in the National MS Muckfest, in which we helped to raise money and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. We’re not only able to spend time together as a team, but more importantly, we’re able to give back to our local communities and those causes most important to our employees. This is something that we love to do, and strive to do on an annual basis.
While you must be able to generate revenue and profit to keep your business thriving, company culture is the backbone to any organization’s staying power, especially when navigating challenging times.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic is a great example of a challenging time. No question — all businesses have been affected, but it’s small businesses that have been most impacted by the sudden industry and economic disruptions. Without a strong, positive company culture, difficult times can create an environment of confusion, disorder, and toxicity, and ultimately devastation. Without a properly defined company culture, the ability to make clear, large-scale decisions is diminished, making it much harder to come out as a unified team on the other side.
The 6 practices outlined in this article have helped our company tremendously — especially during the precarious moments of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, adopting these practices can help your organization head toward employee happiness and company longevity.