What’s the best number of people to have for team-building activities? At Wildgoose, we’ve seen success with every number. And we’ll let you into a secret — it’s all about the planning, whether it’s an activity for 3 people or 5,000!
More can definitely mean merrier, but you need to make sure that team-building activities for 50-100 people have variety within them as you’ll have a large mix of people with different likes and dislikes — the introverts and the extroverts and all those in-between. To engage every individual, you’ll need something inclusive.
Here are a few ideas for team-building activities for larger groups, both remote and in-person:
Arctic survival escape room challenge
Brrrr! The arctic is no place to get lost and stranded.
The arctic survival escape room challenge is designed for up to 250 people, all playing in teams of four to six. A small hut gives you some refuge from the blizzard, but you still desperately need help from the outside world. You’ll have to work together and use all of your problem-solving skills to escape before the snow traps you inside. Good luck!
If you’re looking for something quirky and a bit different, this is still possible with a large group. ‘Tiny Campfire’ is a bit of fun to encourage virtual employee engagement. Feelings of isolation reduce employee productivity, and this is an activity which addresses that by getting people talking and laughing together. Socialising between team members improves their communication.
Before your activity, your people have to get together a tealight, a marshmallow, two digestive biscuits and a square of chocolate in front of their screen. You then can make s’mores over the candle while taking part in icebreakers, competitions and ghost stories. For those people who hate camping, this really is ideal, without a sleeping bag in sight. And it’s sure to get people giggling, just for the silliness factor alone.
Murder mystery on the train
Ahhh...a train journey across Europe in the 1920s. Imagine the scenery, the culture, the glamour. And the murder?
You and your team of detectives have until the final stop at Constantinople to solve this murder mystery on the train, using all the evidence and your powers of deduction.
Spreadsheet pixel art
Every office has people who love a Google Sheet! This is a way of encouraging even the most introverted employee to get involved.
For this activity, you can add code to replace numbers with a colour for each cell. You can then use the cells to create pictures. Once they’ve had a bit of practice, put forward a challenge and a prize to encourage a bit of healthy competition!
A pet Slack channel
This is a small but effective team-building activity for large numbers of employees. Simply set up a Slack channel for employees to share photos of their pets. It will cheer up everyone’s day, and people will learn a bit more about each other.
When you’re at work, whether working remotely or in the office, many of the communications you have will be formal. But actually, it’s the conversations away from the formal meetings which are the most important for improving business performance. In fact, team performance is best when people communicate in informal situations and a pet Slack channel is a way of encouraging that.
We had to end our picks with a name like The Ultimate (said with a low, dramatic voice). This one is ideal if you can’t decide on a theme and perfect for a large group with differing preferences. It’s a combination of different Wildgoose team-building activities, so there’s something for everyone. There are photo and video challenges combined with trivia questions and a lot of surprises...
Tips for managing groups of 50—100
As we say, successful team-building events are all about the planning. To help with that, we’ve put together a little list of top tips when choosing a team-building activity for large groups:
- Don’t hang around waiting — get started as soon as you can, or it can get awkward!
- Consider how the format will work — does it allow you to split into smaller groups? Will it allow everyone to be heard?
- Get clever with splitting off small groups, create them before the event and then think about fun ways of getting the group to find each other such as matching badges. Nobody wants to stand there waiting to be picked (flashbacks to school sports teams!).
- Pair off teams in activities if you can because in a two, no one gets left out. You can always swap the pairs around at regular intervals.
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