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Team-building ideas for welcoming your staff back to the office

19th April 2022 Print

The past couple of years have been about constant readjustments: having to turn our homes into offices, classrooms and gyms overnight, constantly changing rules and, let’s not forget, worrying about a global pandemic and the health of our loved ones.

Coming back to work on a regular basis is another major readjustment for each one of your employees individually and for the company as a whole. With the length of time it’s been, it’s essentially everyone’s first day on the job again. The re-acclimation process requires even more time, patience, and understanding. 

Organizing team-building events can help ease everyone back into work mode while building morale and getting your staff used to working with each other again. These ideas can help re-create team spirit while also showing your employees a little love.

Go All Out on an Employee Appreciation Dinner

For your employees who toughed it out and did whatever it took to ensure the work kept flowing, renting out a popular restaurant, rolling out the red carpet, hiring a luxury valet parking company and setting up an awards-style dinner or a night of dancing is a great way to celebrate your team and get them re-acquainted with one another. 

Spa Day at Work

Everyone’s mental health has been through the ringer over the course of the pandemic and the emotional roller-coaster will likely continue for some time to come. This means placing more focus on policies and strategies aimed at mental wellness moving forward. 

An idea for a back-to-work icebreaker that also shows your team you prioritize their mental health, is to host an office spa day. You can hire a yoga instructor or a meditation coach for a group class, bring in a registered massage therapist to give neck and back massages and include aromatherapy sessions with take-home essential oils to remind your team to take some time out for themselves as they re-adjust to office life.

Give back to the Community

As a team-building exercise, volunteering checks a lot of boxes:

- Getting the team out of the office for a change of scenery.

- Reinforcing your company’s core values and beliefs.

- Getting your company engaged and visible in the community.

Even the act of choosing a charity to volunteer with is a team-building exercise that helps your staff get to know one another on a deeper level.

Check out the Canada Helps website for a massive list of local and national charities if your company doesn’t have one it already partners with.

A Day at the Park

Sometimes all it takes is some fresh air, sunshine, a barbeque to boost morale. Adding in classic picnic games like volleyball, an obstacle course relay or a scavenger hunt elevates a fun day into one that also strengthens team relationships.

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