With effect from 29 March 2022, up to 75% of employees can return to the workplace without having to maintain 1-metre social distancing indoors with mask on. Along with this, there is no longer any group size limit on indoor activities and up to 10 colleagues per group can participate in outdoor social and recreational gatherings. With more relaxed Covid-19 rules kicking in, planning for company team bonding activities is now much easier!
Most companies in Singapore are made up of employees across different age groups. Encouraging intergenerational bonding in workplaces allows employees of both groups to better understand and value the perspective and experiences of different generations – in terms of working style and practices. This helps to bridge the “generation gap” between employees that could help to alleviate tension and improve communication, leading to smoother working processes and a higher sense of fulfilment at work.
We may soon get to see workplaces operating at full strength, so companies can start organising team bonding activities in groups of 10 to keep their employees engaged and foster more interaction among them. Here are 14 fun team bonding activities that companies can try with their employees.
#1 Circuit Tiki @ Resorts World Sentosa
Companies with employees who are thrill seekers can satisfy their need for speed at Singapore’s first indoor karting circuit with their Sprint and Endurance race formats. Racers can choose between the Novice and Advanced go-kart for either Kranji or Expo tracks but do note that a driving/motorcycle license will be required for those who opt for the Advanced go-kart.
You are strongly encouraged to check their events calendar for date and time availability to avoid disappointment.
Price: $28 – $35/pax (Weekdays before 6pm), $35 – $45/pax (Weekdays after 6pm, Weekends)
Location: KF1 Karting Circuit, 1 Turf Club Ave Singapore 738078; Singapore Expo, 1 Expo Dr, Singapore 486150 (Carpark H)
#2 The Fragment Room
Working from home blurs the line between work and personal life and it can sometimes get a little frustrating. Do you want to smash that printer that keeps failing on you, or that phone that doesn’t stop ringing?
Fragment Room provides a safe space and an assortment of packages with add-ons for those who would like to release their inner frustration. While this activity is more popular among younger employees, there is no hard and fast rule that older employees should give it a miss. Who knows? You might just discover what triggers your colleagues during the session. Allow them to let their walls down and work towards fostering better relationships with them.
Price: Starting from $38/pax for 30 mins
Location: 490 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368198
#3 Absolute Cycle x Zouk
Spin classes are gaining popularity among many, especially so with the young adults. What’s a better way to bond with your colleagues than to sweat it all out on a spin bike in a club with energising lights and heart-pumping music? Overcome your exhaustion by cheering for one another. Each session lasts for 45 minutes and you’ll be required to leave the premises within 15 minutes after the end of your class.
Price: $49/pax for 1 class
Location: 3C River Valley Road #01-05 to 06 The Cannery, 179022
#4 Art Jamming @ Heartroom Gallery
Unleash your inner Picasso by engaging in an art jamming session with your colleagues. Heartroom Gallery provides an avenue for you to exchange creative ideas and bond through art. Participants will be provided with a wide range of acrylic paints and a choice of their canvas. They can even paint individual pieces that combine to form a bigger picture. Companies with employees who love visual arts can consider taking up this activity.
Besides art jamming, other interesting activities to consider include Chinese Calligraphy, Japanese Manga Drawing and Water Art classes.
Price: $38/pax for 2.5hrs
Location: Blk 41 Cambridge Road #01-17 Singapore 210041
#5 Pottery Making @ Taoz Ceramic Studio
Pottery is said to be a therapeutic activity that allows one to unleash their creativity to form their masterpiece. This is a great activity for companies with employees who doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty in exchange for a beautiful piece of pottery. Taoz Ceramic Studio offers a 30-minute workshop that allows you to create your own unique pottery piece on wheel under the guidance of an instructor. Fees are inclusive of materials and companies can collect their pieces 2-3 months after the date of their workshop.
The minimum group size to start a class is 10 pax, so it’s now a great time to try out this creative activity as a team!
Price: $40/per pax
Location: 277 Orchard Road, Orchard Gateway #03-03, Singapore 238858; 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #04-16, Singapore 609731
#6 The Mind Café
With an exhaustive game library of about 500 games, The Mind Cafe has the perfect game for companies with employees who are fans of board games. The staff at the cafe also doubles up as game masters and facilitators to ensure that you have a pleasant and fun experience at their cafe. The cafe also offers promotional packages that come with free flow of drinks and snacks.
Price: $8/hr per pax (excluding F&B), only valid Monday – Thursday (except PH and eve of PH)
Location: 60A Prinsep St, Singapore 188664
#7 Ice Cream Making Workshop @ Ice Cream Chefs
Given Singapore’s sweltering weather conditions, what better way to bond than over ice-cream? At Ice Cream Chefs, businesses will have the opportunity to learn the Gelato method of making ice cream, from pasteurising to freezing their very own creation without the use of professional equipment. This means that employees can make their own ice-cream at home! Apart from that, Ice Cream Chefs will also be sharing the recipe of their famous ‘oreos & cream’ ice-cream.
Price: $45/pax for 2 hours
Location: 12 Jalan Kuras Singapore 577727
#8 Coffee Workshop @ The Coffee Roaster
Priding themselves as the leading corporate coffee workshop host in Singapore, The Coffee Roaster aims to encourage better communication and foster closer relationships among employees through team-building elements like relay brewing. Through their Signature Coffee Workshop that lasts for 2-2.5 hours, participants will learn a wide range of coffee appreciation concepts and get their hands on coffee brewing and latte art. Upon request, they can weave in some friendly competitive elements to make it more fun and engaging. This activity will appeal most to companies with employees who love to drink coffee.
Price: Contact TCR for a quotation
Location: 10 Kent Ridge Cres, #01-02 Block AS8, Singapore 119260
#9 Corporate Cooking Challenge @ Food Playground
If there’s one thing that Singaporeans (across generations) love, it’s food. Food Playground offers 2 team building programmes – Corporate Cooking Challenge and Mystery Box Cooking Challenge. Guided by experienced facilitators, companies will be able to choose their preferred cuisine (Singaporean/Thai/Italian/Dim Sum) for their cook-off. If your employees have a sweet tooth, there’s also an option for baking and desserts!
This is not only fun and engaging, but also a meaningful activity that enhances communication and collaboration within the team as they learn how to work together to achieve a common goal. Plus, enjoy the fruits of their labour as a team.
Price: Starting from $100/pax for 2.5-3 hours
Location: 24A Sago St, Singapore 059020
#10 Make Rhythm with Recycled Drums @ Green Drumming
Music is a universal language that connects everyone, but the complexity of learning an instrument gets in the way. As the leading recycled drumming group, Green Drumming is a highly interactive activity that enables participants to learn rhythm effortlessly and sustainably with recycled materials. Not only do your employees get to bond over music, they will appreciate more about sustainability in their daily lives.
Price: Contact Green Drumming for a quotation
Location: 1 Selegie Rd, 03-05 GR.ID Shopping Mall, Singapore 188306
#11 LightSaber Combat @ Energize
Started with Laser Tag, Energize has expanded their offerings to include over 20 fun activities including LightSaber Combat, Archery Tag and Tank Warfare. Their Corporate Team Building Programme allows participants to exercise their strategic thinking, teamwork and collaboration skills through a series of simulated scenarios. There are also a range of themed principled missions such as Jedi Master of the Point, Battle Royale and Dominate the Order to choose from, depending on your preferred learning objectives. This is an activity that enables your employees to bring out their best game as a team.
Price: $45/pax inclusive of gear
Location: 165 Bukit Merah Central, #05-3667, Singapore 150165
#12 Singing for Good @ Sing’ Theatre
Do you know that belting out a tune in a choir at work can help you to destress and enhance feelings of support? Sing’ Theatre, a professional theatre company, incorporates music in their team bonding programme to develop teamwork, vocal communication skills and physical confidence through movement and singing that are transferable to the working environment.
You may find yourself feeling a strong sense of belonging to the team, while getting better at carrying a tune or two after the session.
Price: Contact Sing’ Theatre for a quotation
Location: 21 Tan Quee Lan Street, Heritage Place #02-10, Singapore 188108
#13 Dance Mania @ Funworks
Participate in an unforgettable heart-pumping Team Building activity by grooving to your favourite music. Unleash your hidden dance potential as you learn simple moves and perform a finale showcase as a team. This will be recorded in a video and delivered you for keepsake.
It is a perfect way for you to break a sweat, foster closer relationship with your co-workers and even better, discover your newfound interest in dance!
Price: Contact Funworks for a quotation
Location: 33 Ubi Ave 3, #04-59, Tower A Vertex, 408868
#14 Engaging in CSR activities
You’re never too young or old to give back to the community. From volunteering at the animal shelter to serving underprivileged families to planting a tree, corporates can engage in these CSR activities that can help to forge stronger relationships among employees while serving the community and planet.
Under the Business and IPC Partnership Scheme (BIPS), businesses can also enjoy a 250% tax deduction on qualifying expenditure incurred from 1 July 2016 to 31 Dec 2023 when they send their employees to volunteer and provide services to IPCs.
This article was first published on 14 April 2021 and updated with new information. Additional reporting by Agnes Goh.
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