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The subjects on this website increasingly feature ideas for developing the whole person.
Think beyond providing traditional work skills development.
Review and discussion are often useful and helpful after exercises which have raised relationship issues, or changed people's perceptions.
Plan and practise all unknown aspects of the activities before using them.
If it helps your people to feel good and be good, then it will help your organisation be good too.
See the guidelines and tips for planning and running team building activities and the free tips on running team building workshops.
Ensure that team-building activities comply with equality policy and law in respect of gender, race, disability, age, etc.
Notably, team-building facilitators should be familiar with the Employment Equality and Age Regulations, (UK and Europe, and increasingly elsewhere too).
See the notes on checking that games or team activities are appropriate for your situation.
For example, a demanding physical activity might be great fun for fit young people, but if any of the team members are old or in any way disabled, then think again, because it wouldn't be fair, and it might even be unlawful.
The same applies to any activities that discriminate against people on grounds of gender, race, etc.
Team-building games and activities have to agreeable and acceptable to team members, and the exercises have to be fair.
These free team building games and exercises generally last less than one hour, and can be adjusted to create longer team building activities, depending on the sort of team building, ice-breakers, training development activities required.
Team building games and activities are useful also in serious business project meetings, where games and activities help delegates to see things differently and use different thinking styles.