96 FASTCOMPANY.COM MAY 2019 ILLUSTRATION BY JANNE IIVONEN
If you’re trying to build camaraderie at your kick-ass company, don’t settle for non-disrupty drills like trust falls and egg drops. There’s no I in team, but there is a u in unoriginal.
BY JAY WOODRUFF
SIX BOLD TEAM;BUILDING ACTIVITIES
Everybody speaks in
exclusively via fish gape
Nothing brings people together
like getting their hands dirty
by doing backbreaking labor. (Any
natural-gas deposits discovered
beneath your office will put an end
to worries about Q4 revenue.)
No intra-office IM or email. All
employees must communicate
face-to-face, via desk phone,
or using Post-it Notes. (Bonus
points to anyone who kno ws
their office extension.)
Working in teams of three or four
during their commutes, all
employees use FaceTime and Slack
to choreograph a Bollywood-style
dance number for this year’s
corporate holiday video. Winners
are excused from filming.
The rank and file rate all the executives. Whoever winds up last has
to collate copies of the board presentation Power Point until 4 a.m.
the morning of the annual meeting.
The first team to extract every member
and reassemble at Dave & Buster’s
without detection by a company executive wins swag bags from last year’s
national sales conference.