Host a team dinner. Sharing a meal is one of the best ways to build relationships. Rather than eat at a restaurant, have everyone bring in a dish. Even better: Cook together in the company kitchen or at someone’s home.
Visit a museum. Tickets are usually not that expensive, and it’s a great way to get inspired.
Have a picnic. During nice weather, grab some blankets, order inexpensive sandwiches and salads, and meet at a local park for a brainstorming session. Being outside sparks creativity, and the casual setting brings people together.
Escape a room. “Escape rooms,” where teams are required to solve clues in order to exit a room, are popping up everywhere and are ideal to build collaboration and problem-solving.
Try a new activity. The annual softball game or kickball league is fine, but why not try something different, like laser tag, go-kart racing, minigolf or a movie? People will connect and get to know one another, while having a blast.
— Adapted from “11 Great Team Bonding Ideas for Startups on a Budget,” The Young Entrepreneur Council, Small Biz Trends, www.smallbiztrends.com.