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5 Team Building Ideas for Millennial Offices

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5 Team Building Ideas for Millennial Offices

Why are more and more corporate offices full of millennial employees resorting to team building tactics? Maybe because a carefully chosen team building activity can help foster healthy competition, increase employee satisfaction and help, well, build a team atmosphere. Want to bring this fun trend into your workplace? Here are five team building ideas that work great for millennial employees:

Volunteer

Nothing brings millennials together more than working to create a better society, which is why volunteering in the community is the ideal team building activity for this generation. Many members of this generation are passionate about social or environmental issues, meaning there are endless opportunities to schedule a day of volunteering that would get everyone on the team excited. To drum up more excitement, get the team together and ask for their thoughts on what kind of volunteering activity everyone should do. Have them share what causes are close to their heart, and see if they have any contacts with local organizations.

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Scavenger Hunts

Want to spark a little friendly competition in the office? Plan a scavenger hunt for your team to take up a slow afternoon. Divide your millennials into teams, and have them work together to solve riddles and clues, leading them on a hunt for certain items. This fun and active game will help millennials develop the communication skills needed to effectively work together as a team. Plus, it allows millennials to flex their creative muscles as they try to quickly solve the riddles and complete the task.

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Egg Drop

Another way to get millennials to put on their creative hats while working together towards a common goal? The egg drop team building activity, where teams are tasked with the challenge of figuring out how to build a device that will protect an egg when dropped from great heights. As the teams work together, as a manager, stand back and see who naturally takes on which role in the group as a way to get an accurate peek at employee’s true work habits.

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Two Truths and A Lie

Have you brought on a number of new employees to the team, whether they came from other departments or outside the organization? Setting up a team building activity such as the Two Truths and A Lie game is a perfect way for everyone to get to know each other. Have each employee stand in front of the rest of the team and say three statements about themselves, two of which are true and one which is a lie. The other team members must try to guess which of the statements is a lie, creating a fun and lively atmosphere as everyone learns fun facts about each other.

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Karaoke Night

Take a break from the stresses of client calls and distributor meetings and shake things up with some fun! Getting millennials to stand up in front of their peers and let loose is a great way for everyone to let their guard down, so hosting a karaoke night might be just what your office needs. All you have to do to make this team-building activity a reality is to rent a karaoke machine and schedule a few hours in the afternoon or after work for the team to get together! Although this doesn’t require the brainstorming and problem solving skills of some of the other team building activities, it helps to create long-lasting memories and a deep bond among your team.

What do you think about using team building activities in an office with millennial employees? Are they effective or ineffective in building better relationships with co-workers? Tell us your experiences in the comments below!

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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