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Tie ‘bonding’ activities to core values

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Next time you're tasked with coming up with a good “bonding” activity for staffers, take a cue from today’s event planners. In the past five years, more companies have veered away from organized sports and ropes courses and are trying nontraditional events. The best events tie in somehow to a company’s core values and have a philanthropic element.

Here are a few examples:

1. Sign up to work on a Habitat for Humanity house.

2. Volunteer at a food bank.

3. Incorporate an element of surprise by organizing scavenger hunts with puzzles that lead to local landmarks.

4. Adopt a park, stream or other space and have a “cleanup” day.

5. Spend an afternoon assembling kids’ bicycles, then donate them to children in need.

6. Use Volunteer Match (www.volunteermatch.org) to find ideas to help local charity organizations. Simply enter a ZIP code and an area of interest and—presto!—a truly great event materializes.

Tip: Whatever you choose, watch the clock. Longer than two hours, and participants tire of almost anything

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