Play in a game show-style competition and tackle photo and trivia challenges covering everything from pop culture to politics.
Check out 30+ corporate team building activities and events for work, available anywhere in North America. All of these exercises can help you build employee engagement, boost staff morale, and enhance camaraderie.
Play to your team’s strengths as you take on four types of challenges – mental, physical, skill, and mystery.
A smartphone scavenger hunt with intellectual riddles, physical challenges and a lot of entertainment for all.
Transform teammates into tribemates with this activity inspired by the “Survivor” TV show.
Tackle fun, 60-second challenges with this exciting activity based on the popular TV show.
Go out and explore your city with this interactive race, based on the popular TV show.
Complete fun challenges to earn school supplies and backpacks for local children in need.
Try one of our “escape room” experiences designed especially for corporate groups.
Build a gigantic “chain-reaction” machine and set it in motion with this collaborative team building activity.
Build and test wheelchairs for individuals in need, and give back in a meaningful way with your team.
Use your detective skills to find evidence, uncover clues, and solve a deadly crime.
Can your group solve who had the means, motive, and opportunity to commit a deadly crime?
Compete to see which team can perform the most good deeds before time runs out.
Let the games begin with teamwork challenges centered around non-perishable food items.
Challenge your team to build boats out of nothing but cardboard and tape.
Break the ice and learn more about your colleagues with this social scavenger hunt.
Build cardboard planes as a team, and get ready to take flight with your colleagues.
Help your colleagues get outside of their comfort zones with fun and daring challenges.
Explore your campus with this exciting photo scavenger hunt for students or faculty.
All of our events are fully customizable to ensure that we meet the unique needs and desires of your group. To get started, Get In Touch with one of our team members.
Our event facilitator was wonderful
We have had a great experience with all of my contacts at Outback from booking to execution. Our event facilitator was wonderful and all who attended raved about how fun the event was.
My overall experience as a the organizer was fantastic and easy!
We had an amazing time! The Wild Goose Chase was so much fun, and all were fully engaged and building relationships. Many from our team including our VPs said this was the best team building event they've experienced. The Outback team were Outstanding to work with, as was our dedicated account manager. The support staff were so helpful and answered all of my questions. My overall experience as the organizer was fantastic and easy! Thank you to the Outback team, 10/10!
Outback provided top notch customer service
Our point of contact at Outback provided top notch customer service by reaching out to me immediately after booking, as well as following up with me several days before our event, and after our event. He helped me get up to speed with the app and the event and was super professional. I also loved just how easy it was to pay for our event and get all of the details to print out and to run the event. Whoever decided on Clue Murder Mystery is great!
Overall, this was the best team building event we have ever done
Everyone had a great time doing the actual boat building and the racing of the boats at the end. Groups were fully engaged and everyone had an integral part of the teams’ success. Overall, this was the best team building event we have ever done because it was challenging, fun, creative, and everyone was in the same basic area so we could see what each group created.
You are professionals all the way!
Corporate Castaways was definitely of benefit and value. When a group of individuals gain respect for the strengths of their team members and understand their weaknesses and learn to work with them, how can you not have benefit? Thanks so much for bringing the event together; you are professionals all the way!
Lots of laughs, and great team building
Feedback from the entire group was that the event was fantastic fun, lots of laughs, and great team building. Everyone would highly recommend it. All of my contacts at Outback Team Building & Training were excellent, timely, and fun to deal with.
Sleep Country Canada
Your team took care of everything
Every aspect of this event was very well organized, even to the point of bringing extra supplies. This activity was part of a two-and-a-half-day conference with many moving pieces, and this was one part that I didn't have to worry about. Your team took care of everything.
Royal Bank of Canada
Planning for the event was effortless
A fun time was had by all. Everyone enjoyed the nature of the activities and the idea that they had the opportunity to work with colleagues in a competitive environment. Planning for the event was effortless. Your team was very helpful at providing guidance for the creation of custom challenges, and to ensure the event was successful. Thank you.
Our team had a blast! It was an event that everyone enjoyed
Our team had a blast! It was an event that everyone enjoyed, it brought our group closer together, and people are asking when we can do something like this again. This was a great team building activity that people will really enjoy doing. Your team was very helpful and available for quick calls and emails.
Ernst & Young
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Why Should You Choose Us for Your Next Corporate Team Building Event?
Over 14,000 corporate groups have partnered with our team because our solutions are recommended, flexible, and fast.
These aren’t “traditional” or “boring” team building exercises either. These are fun corporate group activities and team building ideas that get employees to full-on belly laugh as they complete outrageous challenges. There are no trust falls here! Your group will be amazed at how much fun they’re having and impressed with the person who made it all happen.
Here are five ways we can make sure your next corporate team building activity will actually be fun:
All our events are scalable and available 365 days a year, anywhere in North America. Regardless of your goals, budget, group size, time frame or location, we’ll have an outstanding event solution for you and your team.
What is Team Building?
Put simply, it’s anything you do with your team to build bonds and bring people closer together. While the phrase is traditionally applied to corporate or work groups – any group of people can participate in a team building activity!
When employees spend time together, they will inevitably get to know each other better and develop better working relationships. Whether your company leaders are organizing an event for staff to mingle and socialize, or employees take it upon themselves to get together and do something fun – team building can really happen anytime, anywhere. Even when you least suspect it!
In fact, you’re probably already doing some form of it already. It can be as simple as a staff potluck lunch that you organize in your office breakroom, or a movie night that employees decide to attend after work.
We offer a few different types of activities that you can choose from if you’re looking for a more structured team building experience. These exercises are designed by professional event coordinators and business experts to be fun for employees:
Why is Team Building Important in the Workplace?
These are the types of questions that we hear all of the time: What does team building actually do? What are the benefits? Do these activities really make a difference?
Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to these questions. The truth is that if you’re looking for a direct link between an activity and your bottom line, you may be disappointed. A simple activity will not fix all of your workplace problems or help your sales team make more money. It isn’t some magic bullet solution that can transform your organization overnight, either.
What team building can do is have a direct impact on how your team feels about their work. By regularly organizing bonding events at your company, you can help to build a more positive workplace culture and improve the happiness levels of your coworkers. This can help to reduce staff turnover, build morale, and boost employee engagement levels.
If you’re looking for proof that team building actually works, check out these statistics:
The Benefits of Team Building
So what skills can team building help your staff improve? Results will vary depending on the type of activity you choose and what areas you decide to focus on. In general though, it’s been linked to the following areas of employee skill development:
Why Do Some People Think Team Building Exercises Don’t Work?
If you say the phrase “team building” around most people, they tend to roll their eyes or immediately start making negative comments. These are the type of people you’re worried might speak up at your event, and say something like, “Why are we even doing this? This is stupid. What is the point of any of this?”
That’s why our number one priority whenever we put together a new corporate team bonding event is to make sure that it is actually fun for your colleagues, first and foremost. In fact, employees usually end up having such a blast that they don’t even realize they are team building at all!
The negative stigma around team activities comes from a lot of bad past experiences and exercises. People think of corny icebreakers, such as trust falls, or going around in a circle and having everyone say one fun fact about themselves. These are the types of exercises that give “team building” a bad name.
What are the Best Team Building Strategies?
Here are a few ways that you can make sure your activities actually serve their purpose:
You can find more tips in our blog post, How to Plan a Team Building Activity That Isn't "Corny."
Need more helpful resources and links? Maybe you’re not looking for an actual activity, you’re just looking for quick and easy tools and ideas to help you boost your team’s morale and make your office a more pleasant place to work. Check out the Outback Team Building & Training Blog for tips and insights to help you build a better team, and our Downloadable Resources page for free workbooks and guides on topics related to team building.
How Do You Plan a Team Building Activity?
If the responsibility of planning your next team activity has fallen upon you, you may feel unsure about where to start. Don’t worry! Even though planning an event can be overwhelming, our team is here every step of the way to help you plan a fun and memorable experience for your group.
We’ve helped plan thousands of team building events for companies like Google, Microsoft, and Coca-Cola. If you’re interested in planning an activity, follow these four steps to make the planning process easier.
For more tips and step-by-step instructions, check out our blog post, How to Plan a Successful Team Building Event in 9 Easy Steps.
When is the Right Time for Team Building?
There’s never going to be a perfect time for an activity. Getting everyone away from their desks and phones for a few hours can seem like a big ask, especially if your colleagues are customer-facing, or working on commission. So, how do you decide when is the best time to try a team building activity?
Scheduling may be a challenge if participants have busy calendars or important roles within your company. If you have key stakeholders who need to be at the event, ensure that those individuals are free before you commit to a day and time. Depending on the activity you choose, you may be able to run your work bonding event over a few hours or a few days to accommodate more people’s schedules.
You can also plan to try an activity outside of normal company hours. This can be a great way to ensure that it does not negatively impact your business – but it may make it a harder if you’re asking employees to sacrifice their free time in the evenings or on the weekends!
Here’s the good news: the majority of our team building activities can fit into any agenda or timeline. Whether you are looking to plan a full day of activities, or you have only one hour with your group – our Employee Engagement Consultants can help you find a solution that works for you.
Do you have even less time than that? You can also ask us about our “Express” activities, which are perfect for groups who have less than an hour to team build. These are fast and fun ways to boost the energy of your group and get them working together.
What Are the Best Team Building Activities?
The best activities for work groups are really just the ones that are the right fit for your group. You should take into account your team dynamics, preferences, and athletic abilities before making a final decision.
With that being said, here are some of the top activities you can choose from: