Planning an effective team building day often involves problem solving actitivites and problem solving games to help improve your team’s communication and encourage them to think outside of the box.
At Yarnfield Park, we’ve seen our fair share of businesses, corporations and coworkers grow closer together as a direct result of various team building activities over the year, so we know what some of the best problem solving group activities are. Whatever tasks and activities you choose for you and your team to take part in, by choosing Yarnfield Park to host your events, you can guarantee you’re putting your event in incredibly capable hands.
All of these activities can be completed either in the office, or at our team building venue with a little help from our friends at Off LimitsⓇ. Off Limits are an event company specialising in providing an extensive range of activities, team building exercises, evening entertainment and bespoke events.
So, whether you’re wanting an energized and exciting whole team day out, or you’re looking for a way to really bring all of your teammates that little bit closer together, there’s something for absolutely everyone. Here is our list of the best problem solving group activities or you and your team to try out.
5 Team Building Problem Solving Activities You’ll Love
1) Escape Room
The ultimate problem solving activity is an escape room! Escape rooms have a tendency to bring people closer together, no matter who they are or the different walks of life they’ve taken to get to where they are today. Whether it’s a traditional escape room like Dr. Wilson’s Office in Birmingham or a themed escape room like The Tomb Escape Room in Cardiff, you’re bound to have a thrilling team building day together. The shared experience between everyone that takes part in an escape room is one that’s definitely not going to be forgotten quickly and is therefore a fantastic place for your team to visit and really get the cogs in their heads twisting and turning.
How This Helps:
The adrenaline rush you and your team are guaranteed to feel both after and during this activity is certainly not to be sniffed at! Not to mention the excitement you’ll feel when you finally figure out that last piece of the puzzle and get to escape to the outside world. Finish the afternoon off by grabbing dinner all together at a local restaurant you’ve always wanted to visit and celebrating your narrow escape with a couple of classic cocktails, like a Martini or even an Old Fashioned.
2) Murder Mystery
The shock! The horror! The intrigue! Someone’s committed a murder (figuratively speaking, of course) and it’s up to you and your team to figure out exactly “whodunit”! Now, there are plenty of big events run by companies like CluedUpp, who run citywide murder mystery events on a monthly basis, and are often both country and worldwide. This means literally everyone and anyone can take part. However, there are also lots of murder mystery board games to take part in, which means you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own office space if you don’t feel like it.
How This Helps:
It doesn’t matter who the villain ends up being in your murder mystery; as with any murder, it’s the laughs you have together as a team that almost makes solving the mystery itself entirely redundant! This is a great problem solving activity that won’t be forgotten any time soon. We’re sure you know the age-old saying; “it doesn’t matter who ended up killing who; the real journey was the friends we made along the way.” Or something to that effect. We might be paraphrasing, just a little.
3) Great British Baking Challenge
There’s truly nothing like a little bit of sweet-toothed competition to bring a group of people that little bit closer together! In honour of British television staple The Great British Bake Off, the lovely team at Off Limits has put their own spin on the format by organizing a Great British Baking Challenge for your team members to take part in. So, prepare yourself, and get ready to frost, whip, slice and (eventually…) eat your way to victory against your sugar-rush-ready competitors!
How This Helps:
Eating and preparing meals with other people has been scientifically proven to be incredibly beneficial to people’s individual mental health and physical wellbeing. You get the opportunity to share traditions and cultures with one another, while also getting to spend quality time with one another in a way you might not have been able to do otherwise. Cooking and baking is a great way to bring people closer together, whether you choose to do so competitively or not.
4) Learn To Let Go
Sometimes, things can get a little bit out of hand. Your brain can play tricks on you, and you can end up totally burnt out, stressed and confused. This can be due to a whole mix of things, like a heavy workload or personal reasons.
Whatever it is you’re going through, what can do the world of good is writing down your feelings in a notebook and learning how to let them go. What you do with your notes afterwards, however, is up to you. With this team building, problem-solving activity, it’s easier to move on and deal with the real source of your stress and pain.
How This Helps:
Some people might not think this is a team-building task; at first glance, this task seems one that doesn’t involve too many other people. However, many people find comfort in the idea that if you all write down your feelings together and get rid of your pages as a team, there’s some form of group catharsis that happens that brings everyone a lot closer together. We recommend setting up a campfire to burn your pieces of paper away, or investing in a shredder that doesn’t take no for an answer.
Concluding List of Team Problem Solving Activities
Whether you’re a team who’ve known each other for years and seem to know each other inside and out, or you’re all very new to the idea of working together as a team, we hope you’ve gained some knowledge and had a couple of ideas about how to bring your team just that little bit closer together. Just as a little reminder, here’s our list of the top team building problem-solving activities around:
- Escape Room
- Murder Mystery
- Great British Baking Challenge
- Learn To Let Go
If you’re wanting to plan some problem solving group activities and you happen to be based in the Staffordshire area, then we recommend using the facilities we have at Yarnfield Park to really make the most out of your day. We have plenty of meeting rooms available to hire, as well as lots of conference centre space for you and your team to get to know each other that little bit more. Our outdoor space is also perfect for team building events in the warmer months, or if your event is taking place on a larger scale.
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