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12 Ideas for Teambuilding activities for small groups

15 Sep 2019


We mentioned in a previous article that “A team building activity is important because the success of your company begins with a vision and a team culture.”

Among the main reasons for which we encourage you to organize a teambuilding we list: improving communication, interaction between members , adaptation to change, fun or reasons for celebration.

Whether you are organizing a team building for the team of a project, the team of a department or even the team of your company, below you have 12 ideas of team building activities for them:


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The participants will become an orchestra made up only of stringed instruments and will have the challenge of learning to play them in just two hours.


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An outdoor semi-athletic competition that challenges the teams to solve certain tests. Communication in the team is the essential element. The team that holds the absolute record will be rewarded.


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A great teambuilding activity that focuses on project management in the form of “earn as much money as possible”. Test your negotiation skills and complete your project, but at the same time participate in the projects of other colleagues.

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Imagine: your team, a large yacht and trainers with national vice-champion status! An indescribable energy that lives a unique experience at sea.


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Your team is challenged to live the experience of an elite military group. Activities from the morning roll-call, preparing the meal or defusing a bomb will be part of these experiences.


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Enjoy the Need 4 Speed adventure! The participants will receive the components of the mixed machines and will have the mission to assemble them.


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Create super toys for disadvantaged children from a certain community. The toys are not so easy to assemble, the participants being challenged to match each component of the toys.


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This CSR activity assumes that the teams, after solving a series of puzzles and deciphering codes and secrets, assemble bicycles. These will be donated to a community.

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We challenge your team to turn into detectives and solve the mystery of a crime. They will receive many details, such as: the 112 phone number, filmed interviews with the suspects, images from the crime scene, photographs or autopsy reports. But all this can easily lead to wrong tracks.


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Have fun with a bigger and improved replication of “Mouse Trap”! 😀 The participants are challenged to create a chain reaction aimed at catching Mickey.



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The participants will demonstrate a very good organization in order to be able to build a cardboard bus in time and with limited resources. It can be branded as you like or even in the branding of the company.


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Gather your team and get ready to explore a city in the form of a digital treasure hunt – lots of energy, creative missions and pictures that will be ready to be framed.


If you want to organize a teambuilding for a small group of participants, the UNIVERSUM team is at your disposal with creative solutions for your goals →

9 Techy Team Building Activities

27 Apr 2015

16. 9 Techy Team Building Activities
The key to success is a balance, on one plate is innovation, on the other plate are people. The way they complement each other to provide a perfect balance is amazing. Today, for a constant development of the team, concepts and mindset you need passion. Passion for innovation.

Thus, we propose 9 techy activities that are a must for the entire organization:

1. Push It!
16_1Push It is a Team Building activity that incorporates tests of Trivia old fashioned but intelligent. It covers several areas – general knowledge, sports or tests specific to the organization you are part of in an extremely engaging and interactive activity, perfectly mimicking the famous game shows.

2. Go Team
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Go Team is a high-tech treasure hunt that transforms any area into an amazing race full of adventure and interaction. Lead the team in an exploration with a unique design, in some of the proposed locations where the participants will discover castles, fortresses, carry out various missions and innovative adventures.

3. Who’s Who
An interactive activity that gathers the participants in a group according to certain criteria, which are projected on a projector to allow them to find common interests and abilities.

4. In the picture
It is said that one of the greatest assets of a company is its people. In the picture is the perfect way to demonstrate how people work together, reminding how important each person in the company is. They will take pictures on a colorful background, and during the conference the pictures are edited and will appear towards the end on the big screens in a crescendo number. Thus, the company logo or a key message during the conference is formed.

5. Making the News
For 2-3 hours, the teams receive the challenge to overcome their limits, to put teamwork into practice, leaving the comfort zone and “landing” in the world of publications. It is a method to reinforce the content of the conference or explore pertinent business issues, which focuses collective creativity on everything relevant to the company, such as change management, the future, reaffirming the company’s values.

6. Screen Text
Screen Text allows participants to explore company issues in a funny context. Each team starts with a DVD player and a short video clip, but the key factor: the original dialogue was removed from the film. The climax consists of the live presentations of the teams, after they have built together the scenario and logical dialogues.

7. Boom Time
Boom time is a unique ice-breaker or energizer for a conference, unifying teams as they create engaging music. Equipped with a Boomwhacker, the participants follow a high-tech visual interface, which guides them in collaboration to generate a special symphony.

8. Sound Crowd
Sound Crowd is a powerful ice-breaker for the conference that trains each individual participant. Imagine the result where everyone interacts and has fun in a unique format, where no verbal communication is necessary – just body language, enthusiasm, solidarity, fun and lots of smiles.

9. A.C.E
Innovation is an essential value for many successful companies, and ACE presents the vehicle that tests the inventiveness of teams. ACE combines elements of Mythbusters, Scrap Heap Challenge and Top Gear to create a truly unique concept: highly customized – a vehicle made from recyclable materials that defies gravity.

Digital team building activities are the most successful when they combine emotion, transform the traditional method, but keep its essence and when they are just a click away from being the most interesting experiences.

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3 aspects to take into account in creating the culture of innovation

30 Mar 2015

Corning Company Inc. has created a series of videos entitled “A day Made of Glass” which has the role of inspiring employees to achieve results aligned with the company’s objectives.

It is well known that employees who have a personal connection with the job are much more involved. The question raised by Generation Y is: “How can your company and my job have an impact in the world?” By clearly communicating the purpose of the company.

The Toms Shoes company is guided by a simple idea: for every pair of shoes purchased, Toms donates a pair to an underprivileged child, and in this direction the company invites its employees to participate in periodic events that have this purpose. Toms employees are not only ambassadors of the brand, but more than that they are the brand in action, changed and inspired by the experience, they return to the office motivated and much more involved in the company’s activity.

2. Integrates the company’s brand into work processes
The highest enthusiasm of an employee is on the first day of work. Insight that the Zappos company noticed and turned into an experience, helping it to be known for a customer service company rather than for the online store of shoes and clothes.

From the first day, employees are exposed to customer service experience. In the first weeks, the employees go through all the departments, from the call center to the branding of the website and up to packaging and transport.

3. Communication
The innovation process depends on the engagement of employees. The best method to nurture their engagement is to keep them active in the loop of the process, whether email or an internal communication tool is used, they must be informed about the status of their idea.

Here are 4 key steps that must be communicated in the innovation process:
Receiving ideas – communicate to your colleagues the receipt of ideas and their status. Our recommendation is that each participant in the innovation process receive an answer regarding the receipt of ideas; it is important for them to know that their idea has not been lost digitally.
Feedback – even if an idea is rejected, this must be communicated. No feedback can be worse than rejecting an idea, as long as it is communicated properly;

As in any successful business, the culture of innovation must be continuously managed and kept up to date with market trends.

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9 Team Building Activities for the Summer

30 Mar 2015

12. 9 summer tb ideas

With the change of season, outdoor team building activities are also welcome. From May to October, most companies choose to change the pace of work with unique team building activities.

We come with a proposal of 9 team building activities suitable for this summer and which are ready to meet the requirements and business objectives of your company:


1. Flat Out: Afloat
An excellent summer challenge in which each team builds its own two-person boat with the aim of winning the water race that concludes this energetic activity.


2. Flat Out: Chariot Challenge
A “land-based” alternative to Flat Out: Afloat, this activity helps participants step into the role of the ancient Romans and see which of their Roman chariots is the fastest and most resistant along the route.


3. Two Tribes
Organized in the form of an alternative Olympic Games, Two Tribes represents a celebration of the cultural diversity of the indigenous tribes around the world. This activity is, besides an extraordinary physical challenge, also an extraordinary way to get to know exotic cultures and peoples.


4. Creative Juices
For rainy days, this activity brings the freshness of summer into the gym, by using fruit from the orchard in a delicious challenge to create milkshakes or natural fruit juices.


5. Record Breakers
An outdoor semi-athletic competition that challenges the teams to solve certain tests. Communication in the team is the essential element. In the end, whoever holds the absolute record will be rewarded for their performance.


6. Tree-Mend-Us
A suitable program for those who want their event to have social responsibility goals, this highly interactive activity will challenge the team to rejuvenate and heal a forest plot.


7. Go Team
The good weather outside is a sufficient excuse for a “city break”. And what better way to get to know a city and its inhabitants than Go Team – your digital guide to a day full of urban fun!


8. Survival!
Challenge your team to an intense wilderness survival experience. Guided by experts in the field, the team will have to find resources to survive in luxurious conditions, to complete the entire challenge, which may be spiced up with a military mission.


9. Rags to Riches
A challenge that combines artistic skills with the idea of CSR, this activity challenges the participants to create a work of art of exaggerated dimensions, using only items of clothing, or other textile material, donated by the participants.

A team building activity can come with real leadership lessons learned in the wild or collegial relationships strengthened through a lot of energy.
How does your company propose to explore corporate events this summer?

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Personalized employee engagement programs: Tips&Tricks for 2015

11 Feb 2015

8. Personalized employee engagement programs - Trends and Advice for 2015

The challenges raised in HR are happening at an astonishing speed, whether we are talking about the sunset of pension plans, a quality management talent or the preservation of human resources in companies.

Companies have responded positively to these challenges, that is why they are creating more and more opportunities for employees, appropriate rewards and frameworks conducive to a work-life balance.

A wave of challenges is coming dictated by demographic and cultural changes, new technologies and start-up culture. Here are some things to consider for 2015 as an anticipatory strategy for these challenges:

    In recent years, it has been noticed that Generation Y has begun to take over a large part of the labor market. Studies predict that by 2030 this hyper-connected generation will dominate approximately 75% of the labor market, which leads to the conclusion that Generation Y will change the course of employee involvement in companies. Companies’ strategies will adapt to the needs of this generation, knowing that they want to make their mark in everything they do – the “9 – 17” program is becoming more and more irrelevant for them, they want to be involved in as many projects and to make direct contact with clients, they prefer coaching sessions instead of feedback sessions or they want to receive rewards for each step taken in their professional development. (
    Read more about Generation Y)
    In 2015, we want “out-of-the-box” thinking to come out of the typical cubicals that sit under the fluorescent light of the room. It is known that a place lacking inspiration leads to the detachment of employees.
    A catchy and engaging space will cause employees to get more involved in the company’s activity. Depending on the organizational culture, it offers employees the freedom to stay as far as possible from the cubicles, the possibility to decorate the work space as they like – for example, with pictures from within the company and from internal events or pictures painted by them themselves in teambuilding events.
    The sky really is the limit when it comes to creating the perfect environment for employees!
    Creating a balance between work and the personal life of employees is what is wanted in 2015. Today, companies have more possibilities to offer employees the necessary framework to work anyway and from anywhere – whether we are talking about a Hub, a terrace or a the cafe. Technological evolution offers the possibility for employees to work from home as well, this leading to maximum productivity and contribution as far as they are concerned.
    The involvement of employees also depends on the transparency of the information coming from the management. Whether we are talking about objectives, strategies and desired changes in the company, the employees must be made aware of them, where else do you stand if you involve them in setting the respective objectives? The result will be fantastic! 🙂
    The company Buffer has passed to the next level from this point of view, the one in which salaries and the calculation method are made public for employees, investments and internal emails sent between two people will have a specific list in “cc”.
    What do they have in common: Casual Friday, birthdays, Hawaiian Thursday or “Sharing (food) is caring” days? All this brings fun and a “boom” of positive energy in the office.
    Choose to celebrate the launch of a product, involvement in CSR activities in the community, a welcome party for a new employee or the conclusion of a big project, all of these break the monotony of the office and provide relaxation among the employees.

Transparency increases trust, and trust is the foundation for incredible teamwork. Employees want to know what the company’s long-term goals are and how they can contribute, practically they want to know what the impact of their work is. They must be given the necessary trust because their involvement in the company’s plan could bring the next success.

Just as the purchase decision does not start and end in the store, the employees’ decision to get involved in the job is not limited to the workplace.

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HR Manager magazine: How do we quickly restore energy in organizations?

11 Dec 2014


Somewhere around 80% of the briefs we receive include in the first part a phrase like “to motivate the team”, accompanied by explanations such as “they have low morale, there have been and are some difficult years, we have to help them find their the motivation”.

Having contact with many companies in the market and running projects with hundreds of teams over the years, you can’t help but wonder how some teams are united, full of positive energy and the motivation to make things happen, in while others seem blasé, drained of energy and without a bit of desire and aspirations to go on an upward path. The correct, desirable answer consists in a balanced combination between a leadership and management team, which inspires its people permanently, and a coherent structure of organizational systems and procedures, which ensures that all the important motivating factors, identified by the literature of specialty*, are present in the company and work. We are talking here about:

  • collaboration with colleagues;
  • the fairness of the distribution of resources;
  • procedural justice;
  • the possibilities of professional growth;
  • clear performance standards;
  • a relevant, impactful job;
  • autonomy;
  • receiving and providing clear and transparent feedback;
  • a balanced workload;
  • variety of tasks.

So far, all good and beautiful! The only problem is that in real life, this kind of construction takes years and involves areas that the human resources manager, towards whom the expectation of “doing something to motivate people” is directed, cannot touch directly because he does not have the necessary resources.

The obstacle to small plans
I’ve always envied start-ups for their opportunity to do this kind of organizational building right from day one. It’s just that we don’t live in a world exclusively of start-ups. What do we do if the organization is 10-15-20 years old in the market and has a legacy of people, procedures and habits that do not promote an inspirational culture, capable of motivating people to give their best? What do we do when we feel the need for a quick intervention to give back to people that sparkle in their eyes, that passion for the work they do, that confidence that together with their team they can achieve the proposed plans despite all the difficulties?

I think I have an answer and to formulate it I will use a quote, found earlier in a book. It’s a quote that remained deeply imprinted in my memory, because it turned out to be much deeper than I had perceived it the first time. It belongs to Daniel Burnham, the famous architect who rebuilt the city of Chicago from the ground up, after the great fire of 1871. He said this: “Don’t mess with small plans; they don’t have the magical power to make people’s blood boil.” And his vision was translated into a city that is still one of the most imposing and innovative urban centers in the world. What does Burnham’s quote teach us? If we were to paraphrase it on an organizational level, it would probably sound like this: “only an ambitious, revolutionary vision can bring passion and energy to the minds and actions of the people in the organization”.

And yes, I think nothing is truer than this statement. Just how many times does an organization have the opportunity to launch itself, to reinvent itself, to receive a CEO with a new vision, to experience a massive reorganization of the brand or operations, that kind of movement that instills energy and hope in people? Maybe once every 5 years… maybe 10. And then, what can we do to obtain the same mobilizing, inspirational effect, in the context in which we should reduce costs, grow organically by 5-7% or at least stay at the same market share?

A handy alternative, but less intuitive
The answer to the above questions can be surprising: offer your people the opportunity to achieve incredible things together in a team building. And I say “surprising” because I am referring here to a new philosophy of thinking and building a team building. This is not the place where we have fun and eat. It’s a total of two hours in which 100-200-1000 people work TOGETHER to achieve a totally and totally extraordinary goal.

I saw what it means to tell 200 people that in an hour and a half you will sing Carmina Burana with them on 7 instruments and voice. Everyone laughs and says it’s impossible. I then saw the emotion and tears in their eyes, the endless applause they offered each other at the end of a concert in which they were the only artists. The surprise of realizing that YES, you, together with your colleagues, can achieve absolutely unbelievable things, brings with it an energy and a confidence that you can hardly awaken simultaneously in such a large and diverse group. Many will tell you that it was one of the best things they did in their life and will talk about it for days on end.

I saw what it means for 100 people to work together for a whole day to build a 15m high replica of the famous Big Bang Tower only out of cardboard bricks. Starting from the impossibility of visualizing how it could look and ending up taking 10 steps back and saying “wow….how does it look!” Did we do this?”.

I saw what it means for 400 people to work for 3 hours to paint together a huge painting 15m long and 3m high, made up of 120 independent pieces that come together perfectly in the final moment. The feeling of fulfillment and belonging that you feel in such a moment is very difficult to describe in words.

The energy that is created in such a moment is unique, intense, and its concentration in such a short interval makes a team building event a memorable experience, whose motivational effects will be felt for a long time. When was the last time you had “goose bumps” thinking about the team and the company you belong to?

Article originally appeared in HR Manager Magazine.


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HR Manager magazine: 5 technologies for the Upgrade of events in the company

27 Oct 2014

It often happens that we talk to clients who tell us: “We have been running this event for 12 years, we have done everything that could be done, we don’t know where to squeeze the next WOW idea from. Everything has turned into a mandatory, boring meeting, speech after speech, where employees come only because they have to and leave with nothing”.

In an environment where pressure on budgets means that every expense is carefully evaluated, there is a natural expectation that budgets for company events are all the more invested in high-energy concepts that keep employees engaged from morning to night, which it delivers the key messages and, more than that, helps to assume and internalize them. Now, we all know that digital will rewrite all the business models we know – we live, don’t we, in a world permanently connected to the Internet, in a world where Social Media has entered every aspect of our lives . The key question is “how can we use all these advantages, such as constant connectivity, real-time responses and gamification elements, to reinvent company events?”

The answer is one that could lead to whole hours of discussion, but because at Universum we are concerned with this very topic, we tried to describe some solutions that are already on the market and that can be implemented right from the start starting tomorrow.

GO Team treasurehunt application
It is an application for phones and tablets, based on GPS technology, which allows real-time interactivity anywhere in the world. It is suitable for outdoor teambuilding and conference animation. Capable of supporting any number of teams, GoTeam incorporates mini missions, which are activated as the team reaches the correct GPS coordinates. The statistics in real time, the possibility to communicate remotely with the facilitators and the rest of the teams are just some of the lovable features of the application. The missions can be thought of in a collaborative or, on the contrary, competitive philosophy, and the time pressure and the feeling of adrenaline will upgrade the classic version of treasure hunt.

The company logo made up of all the pictures of the employees
Excellent for the message – “Each of us is part of a unified whole”. The implementation is done as follows: a photo studio is placed in the central area of the event, the employees come and pose throughout the day (as they feel like and inspired), and at the end of the conference, with the help of a special software, an animated video is generated which goes through all the pictures, zooms out and generates the company logo from all the participants’ pictures.

Video mapping, movies, Prezi and Google Glass
There are two premises from which we start:

1) 80% of the speakers we see at events are not the best public speakers. They get on stage because they are very good at what they do, but that does not necessarily qualify them as good presenters.

2) the days when a PPT presentation was enough are over.

The dynamism and interactivity of presentations can have an explosive growth when a bunch of technologies are used (and I’m telling you this from experience). For example, Prezi ( is an alternative tool for building presentations, not at all complicated. And Google Glass has applications that can help you project notes directly on the lens. Then there are the video materials – today the accessibility of video processing solutions is fantastic and a film full of energy and emotion can be built, relatively easily, in 3-4 days. Video mapping is the last level, where practically every element of the event space becomes a living component of it. Each column, each table, the ceiling or the walls can become a support for a cramp from the story of the event.

Social Media Live Wall
In short, it is a way to aggregate and project all the Social Media feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) related to the event in order to encourage the participants as much as possible to get involved in the conversations and debates. If we also add to the event a gamification mechanism to train the participants, fun and involvement will come naturally.

The technology exists, it’s just up to our creativity how to integrate it into the events we organize!

Article originally appeared in Hr Manager Magazine.

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