How to Plan a Team Building Activity That Isn’t “Corny”


There is nothing worse than a “corny” team building activity that has everyone rolling their eyes. Check out five ways you can make sure everyone genuinely has fun at your next employee event.


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When team building is corny, employees usually make comments like:

  • “Seriously? This is so silly.”
  • “Why are we wasting our time with this?”
  • “This activity feels so forced.”
  • “What is the point of this?”

…And if they’re making comments like that, it means your team building is not working. How can employees build better relationships if they’re not having a genuinely good time?

The right activity can make all the difference. From wild scavenger hunts in the city, to collaborative escape room experiences – your next team building activity can be fun for your colleagues and impress your bosses at the same time. Get your free consultation today to discover which type of team building is right for your group.

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Five Things You Can Do to Make Your Team Building Less Corny

There are simple things that anyone can do to make their event less corny. Check out five techniques our event coordinators often use to help get groups more excited about team building:

1. Know Your Audience
Every team is different. While one group of employees might enjoy doing something active and outdoors, another group might prefer to stay indoors with a problem-solving activity. Pick out something that your team is more likely to enjoy, and they’ll be less likely to think the challenges are “corny.”

2. Give Your Activity a Purpose
If your team building activity seems like it doesn’t have a purpose, then participants are more likely to think of it as a waste of time. Give your activity a clear goal and communicate that to your team – whether it’s to practice their leadership skills, get them meeting new people, or giving back to a local charity.

3. Mix Up the Teams
When employees team build with the same colleagues they work with every single day, it can feel like it’s just another day at the office. By mixing up the teams and throwing different types of people together, you can make the activity more interesting and exciting.

4. Make It a Friendly Competition
A lot of teams are naturally competitive, and need some motivation to get them into the team building spirit. A friendly competition between teams is a great way to encourage people to participate… and some small prizes can help get everyone excited too.

5. Include Time for Socializing
Some of the best team building happens when employees just have time to talk to each other, and get to know each other better. Build in some free time during your team building activity for everyone to socialize, and the whole experience won’t feel as “forced.”


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The Results? Genuinely Fun Team Building

Check out what customers had to say about team building with Canadian Outback Adventures & Events:

The team commented that this was the best team building we have ever done. It was a lot of fun, and kept us active and working together. The team also commented that it wasn't corny, as some team building exercises can be. We had a blast, and enjoy that we can look at the pictures from the event on your website. Your team was great and very helpful.

– Boyle McCauley Health Centre

The event was very well created, and was very effective in team building without the traditional ‘boringness’ that puts people in uncomfortable positions.”

– London Life

We can’t thank you enough for the FANTASTIC event put on by you and your team yesterday. The entire company was raving about how much fun it was for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening. I really don’t think anything could have gone any better. Again, thank you very much and I look forward to working with you again!”.

– Allergan Canada


If you want help planning a team building activity that isn’t corny, get in touch with us at 1-800-565-8735, or request a free consultation:


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