Building teams is an on-going and sometimes uphill battle for all managers and team leaders. Whether it’s due to staffing and management changes, structural upheavals, teamwork issues, or simply as a regular workplace activity, new ideas for team building are always welcomed.

If you’ve already used up all of the traditional activities – and you’ve already been to see us for an amazing cooking class as a team building event – here are three great new ideas to set you up for 2016 so that you can create strong workplace teams.

  1. Poker tournament


Consider what is involved in poker once you strip away the negative gambling connotations. It’s all about strategy, getting involved while knowing the people you’re dealing with, having fun, a serving of competition, and just a little luck – and what more could you ask for in any work environment?

Make sure everyone knows the rules before you start playing, and provide snacks, drinks, and prizes for the winners. This game will get everyone together and help them all learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses in a fun setting that will ideally have the more experienced players helping the newer ones, and everyone having loads of fun.

  1. Design an app

It’s 2016, which means that everyone and their grandmas are using apps on their phones, tablets, and smartwatches, and there are more and more people who are designing and building their own apps.

A new idea for team building is to break your team into small groups – or even pairs – and have each group design an app. It could be related to your company in some way, or it could have another theme entirely. Each team will have to work together to come up with a basic idea, as well as how it would work, what its purpose is, and the basics of what it would look like.

The process is extremely creative, it takes a lot of teamwork, and it sets each person to thinking about the effort that goes into small details. Find an app expert or bring in a guest judge to pick the winners.

  1. Create a signature dish

 Assuming you’ve already been to a VictorsFood cooking class, everyone on the team should have some fantastic new skills in the kitchen, so why not follow up on that activity with one in 2016?

Pair your team members into groups of two and have them come up with a brand new recipe for their own signature dish that represents them. Most people have never made a recipe from scratch before, so you can guarantee there will be plenty of laughs along the way as teams try to capture their personalities within a dish while working together to make something tasty!

At the end of the activity, you’ll all get to enjoy tasting each other’s dishes and voting for fan favourites to choose the winners.