The relationship between members of a team has a significant impact on their performance and success. Diversity is a great thing as it brings creativity, different perspectives, and innovation into teamwork, but, it can also lead to misunderstandings and conflicts, which is why teams need to work on cohesiveness and strengthen their mutual relationships. Enter team building. This strategy is known to improve communication and encourage collaboration, thus creating a positive work environment and boosting employee engagement and satisfaction. Since the location matters when it comes to team building activities, here’s a list of European cities where your team can have a great time.
London is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in Europe. It’s the place where tradition meets modernity, so your team can take a tour of Buckingham Palace and explore the Queen’s official residence. Since the UK is the birthplace of cozy mystery novels and TV shows, it’s only natural for your team to try their hand at crime-solving skills and bring out their inner Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in a CSI themed team building activity, supervised by real-life Scotland Yard detectives. For those who prefer outdoor activities, practicing traditional British sports such as badminton, skittles, or three-legged races can be a lot of fun.
Prague, Czech Republic
The historical capital of Bohemia is packed with cultural and tourist attractions, including Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, and the Prague Astronomical Clock, while its historic center is listed as one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. A sightseeing tour combined with a scavenger hunt is a fun way of exploring the city and spending some quality time with the members of your team. Considered to be one of the most haunted cities in Europe, Prague has a lot to offer in the supernatural department, which is why a conveniently themed haunted house escape room is something that you shouldn’t miss. As the Czech Republic is famous for its beer, a tour of Prague’s microbreweries is a great idea which will allow your team to relax and bond over a pint of some of the world’s top craft beers. Truly a great team building opportunity if there ever was one.
Portugal’s capital is among the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and with good reason. Situated on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, this charming city has preserved its slow-paced way of life, so that your team might take a break from their hectic daily routine and take their time to walk the cobbled streets of Lisbon and sip their coffee in one of the many authentic coffee shops scattered across the Alfama, the city’s oldest quarter. The proximity of the ocean gives you an opportunity to go sailing, learn the basics of this sport, and participate in a regatta.
Amsterdam offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor team building activities. Since the city is has a network of more than 100km of canals, you and your team can enjoy a sightseeing cruise. Or you can add an adventurous twist and opt for more extreme team building activities such as sheep herding or raft building on the banks of the Amstel River. Viking rowing is another challenging activity which is perfect for turning your team into a close-knit group of friends, as it requires a high level of cooperation and working together. After such a physically demanding game-of-thrones reenactment, you can all chill out and enjoy the lazy, laid-back atmosphere in one of several cat cafés.
Creating long-lasting memories is a surefire way of connecting with the members of your team and bringing them together. A team-building getaway in any of these cities will be an unforgettable experience which will bring positive energy into your workplace.