1. Lunchtime walking club

Maybe everyone can strap on Fitbits and compete over step count as you walk through the neighbourhood on your lunch break. A walk is a wonderful way to get to know co-workers without breaking a sweat.

2. Yoga or tai chi

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These gentle stretches can be practised by people of all ages. Clear a space in a large meeting room, find a willing instructor – or even follow an instructional video online.

3. Cook-off

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What could be more team building – and fun – than a culinary activity? Pick a food category, and let the challenge begin. Or, try doing a cooking class together. You can hire a chef to lead you through an entire meal preparation, and sit down all together to enjoy your “chef d’œuvre”.

4. Improv workshop

Whether you hire a professional to lead the class, or do a home-grown version in the meeting room, improv is an interactive experience that breaks down barriers and helps employees build trust.

5. Board game tournament

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Organize a team-wide board game or card game tournament for some in-office fun. You may even want to include prizes!

6. Volunteer together

Get a group together and give some time to a local soup kitchen, participate in a shoreline clean-up operation in your area or create gift baskets for children’s hospitals during the holidays.

7. Escape room

Escape rooms can simulate office collaboration – they build the same leadership skills, teamwork, logic, and patience. No wonder they have become a popular team building exercise!

8. Karaoke night

You couldn’t find a better way to break people out of their shells than have them sing in front of their co-workers. You can even have a friendly competition for best group karaoke performance. Needless to say: this works best for a more extroverted group!

9. Painting class

It’s a great way for employees to catch up over a drink while expressing their creativity (with a little help from an instructor). You can find painting classes at various spots throughout major cities.

10. Sports game

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Round up the team and head out to the baseball diamond or soccer field or a dragon boat ride. What a great way to encourage team spirit!

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