Host a barbecue at someones home. Or go outside, to the park. Remember the sauce. And the beers. Combine it with quizzes and contests, or just enjoy the good company.
Go out on the town. Eat at a nice place. Enjoy some wine or just cool water, and feel good.
Sit down. Find the low gear. Be creative together. Cut pieces of paper, paint, draw, create clay figures. Either as part of an exercise, or just for office decorations. Maybe for special holidays. Invite family, even.
Have bubbles on the cool. Will make any celebration special.
Invite customers, stakeholders, other departments, or other companies with shared interest. Make it special. Ensure invitation, music, dancing, entertainment. Maybe team up with an event bureau to make it extra special.
Go archery shooting. Or shooting. Push your borders a little and feel the adrenaline.
Explore a foreign place. Or explore new sights in your hometown, and learn about their history and importance – you might get pleasantly surprised. Pretend to be a tourist and consider what you’d go visit. Alternatively go Geocaching.
Go to the theater, or go see a musical. Unwind.
Have a Journal at the office. Use it as a diary to capture fun quotes, moments, milestones met, observations, learnings, etc. Add pictures, or other markers to remember the team’s shared history.
Go retro. Find old console games, or join in online games. Join country competitions or just arrange it at the office after working hours.
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In most major cities it is possible to arrange a laughter course. It will seem silly, but it is also a lot of fun, and can be a shared memory for the team to return to once in a while.
When a milestone is met, fill a jar of lasting candy, e.g. caramels, wrapped candy. That way, the celebration will last a little longer, and be a nice reminder of what you’ve achieved.
Do something extraordinary. Try out a hot air balloon, go hiking, wall-climbing, water-rafting, biking, segway, motorcross, sumo-wrestling. Challenge yourselves a bit, get some wind in the air, feel the tingle in the stomach, and have fun!
Send postcards from your trips. Share your greetings and travels with your team. Color up the office and hang them on the wall.
Mark the end of the week, and make room for socialising. Returning events and traditions feels secure, and make room for getting to know each other better, which again just makes it more fun to go to work.
Do something special to mark releases. Dress up, put on a hat, put up a festoon of lights, paper, turn on a special light.
Make traditions around (some or all) holidays. Halloween, Easter, Christmas, national holidays. Decorate the office, dress up, create easter eggs in the code, make a quiz. Be silly. Have fun.
A birthday is a special day. Remember to mark it. Decorate the office a little (or a lot), or make other traditions, such as singing a birthday song, special hats, something sweet to the tooth, or whatever.
Acquire some fun toys, and play with them once in a while, to unwind and laugh together. An electric car, a toy robot, a quadroscope, whatever.
Never miss. Always nice.
Have fun with some teambuilding excercises. The Marshmallow challenge is for instance an 18 minute exercise, with simple tools, and a 3 minute video to support the theme. Expect laughs, Oh-nos and Ah-ha’s 🙂