Workplace health and wellbeing is a very important consideration for companies in this day and age. As Richard Branson once said on the importance of looking after staff:
“Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to”.
At the end of the day, if you look after your staff, they’ll look after your customers. It really is that simple. Part of looking after your employees is to ensure they communicate effectively, are comfortable with each other and work well as a team. The importance placed on happy, communicative employees means that companies are always looking for new and exciting team building activities. After all, getting out of the office for a day makes everyone happy!
Here are 8 great team building activities in Melbourne that are sure to get your employees talking:
- Amazing Race Melbourne.
Inspired by The Amazing Race TV show, Amazing Race Melbourne is a corporate team building activity that is sure to build friendships and develop teamwork skills. A scavenger hunt style event that caters for 8 to 80 people, it takes half a day to complete and gets everyone outside and moving about. Participants race from checkpoint to checkpoint, completing activities and challenges along the way. There are two courses to choose from – one in the CBD and Southgate area, and one that explores the leafy surrounds of Carlton.
- Rap Jumping.
The team at Rap jumping will feed your employees’ sense of adventure with Rap Jumping and abseiling sessions that are held in Melbourne’s CBD. A team building activity with a difference, staff will leap from the top of a seven-storey building and rappel down the side until they reach the ground. Those who love extreme sports and consider themselves adrenaline junkies can try the forward-facing rap jump method (often referred to as Aussie rappelling), while those who are a little unsure can descend via the traditional backwards-facing abseil method. There is also the capacity for spectators on the rooftop, so those who’d prefer to watch rather than jump are also more than welcome to attend! Rap jumping is a great way to push your team to the edge and beyond – and it’s 100% safe. This activity requires a minimum of 10 people and sessions take approximately 2 hours. For those who are feeling a little more adventurous, try Abseiling off a cliff, all within a 1 hours drive from Melbourne.
- Hollywood Movie Making.
If you’re looking for a creative team building activity, Hollywood Movie Making (run via The Team Building Company) is an excellent choice. Teams create a short film under the guidance of a professional camera director and performing actor, allowing them to gain an insight into line delivery, the art of cinematography and film scripting. The event is often hilarious and memorable and comes complete with an awards ceremony and screening of films at the end. The program caters for 12 to 400 people and can be tailored to suit your desired timeframe.
- Find the Fugitive.
Run via Corporate Challenge Events, Find the Fugitive is an exciting game that demands creative thinking and excellent communication between team members. Your team will participate in a wide range of activities, all the while collecting clues as to who the fugitive is. Once enough clues have been obtained, the location and identity of the fugitive will be revealed! Suitable for 5 to 500 people, this event takes around 2 to 3 hours.
- Surf Lessons.
If you’re looking to take your team on a day trip out of Melbourne during the warmer months, surf lessons are a great opportunity to try something new. Surf lessons in Torquay, via Beyond the Boardroom, will test team limits and help them connect through the adventure. Enjoy a session in the water before relaxing on the beach for a few hours – your team will literally wave goodbye to office stress!
- Go-Kart Racing.
Those with a competitive streak will love the opportunity to race their teammates at Le Mans Go Karts, located only a short distance from the city in Dandenong South. There are various different packages available, all of which include qualifying sessions and a race. There is also a fully licensed bar and catering available if you’re planning to make a day of it. Corporate bookings must have at least 10 people.
Also available at Le Mans’ impressive complex, paintball is an exciting option for those with a sense of adventure. Pull on your combat gear and enter the two-story indoor complex – which is great no matter what Melbourne’s weather is doing – to battle it out and determine which team will reign supreme. There are three different packages to choose from, and catering options are available. Le Mans takes bookings for a minimum of 10 people on Saturdays, or 8 people any other day of the week.
- Billy Cart Derby.
Your team will unleash their inner child – and hopefully learn to work better as team – while building and racing their very own billy cart. Before they can race, teams compete in a number of challenges in order to receive billy cart parts, and their cart’s artwork must be on-point to secure a favourable grid position. Once a driver is chosen, the race for glory begins! Hosted via City Adventures, this activity caters to any number of people and takes 2 to 3 hours.
Melbourne companies are spoilt for choice when it comes to team building activities – the options are endless. Whether you choose something creative such as movie making, or something adrenaline fuelled such as rap jumping, your team is sure to have a great time and further their teamwork skills in the process!