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10 Team Building Activities for HR Departments

Use these fun team building activities to facilitate team bonding within your HR department!

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An HR department is the beating heart of organizational success. From talent acquisition to employee development and conflict resolution, HR professionals are responsible for navigating a complex web of responsibilities with finesse.

However, the true strength of an HR team lies not only in individual skills but also in cohesive teamwork. A well-oiled HR machine is crucial for fostering a positive company culture, enhancing employee satisfaction, and driving organizational growth.

But aside from training, how do you hone the skills essential for effective HR teams? Through the team building exercises discussed below! Keep reading to learn more.


What skills do all the team members in your HR department need?

To lead a winning team, your HR department needs to utilize the following skills:

  1. Communication: The HR team's communication skills are crucial to conveying information clearly, actively listening to employees' concerns, and articulating policies, procedures, and expectations.
  2. Empathy: Demonstrating empathy allows HR professionals to connect with employees on a personal level, understand their perspectives, and provide mental health support and assistance when needed.
  3. Problem-solving: HR professionals must be adept at identifying and addressing issues such as conflicts, performance issues, and policy violations, finding practical and fair solutions that benefit both employees and the organization.
  4. Conflict Resolution: The ability to mediate conflicts and facilitate constructive dialogue between parties is essential in HR to resolve disputes, restore relationships, and maintain a positive work community.
  5. Adaptability: HR professionals need to adapt to changing circumstances, regulations, and organizational needs, demonstrating flexibility and resilience to effectively respond to evolving challenges and priorities.
  6. Ethical Decision Making: Upholding ethical standards and integrity is crucial in HR, as professionals often handle sensitive information and make decisions that impact employees' well-being and rights.
Download Confetti's HR Engagement Calendar to find the perfect occasions to get your team involved in collaborative activities throughout the entire year!


Give these 10 HR team building activities a try:

1. Empathy Water Cooler πŸ’—

At the Empathy Water Cooler participants engage in thought-provoking empathy-focused questions, like identifying non-verbal signs of feeling overwhelmed at work. Through randomized small group discussions in breakout rooms, each member has the chance to share and listen actively, fostering deeper understanding and connection.

After rounds of discussion, the team will reconvene for reflection, sharing insights gained about their colleagues and personal takeaways from the exercise.

How to get started πŸ‘‰ Strengthen team relationships at the Empathy Water Cooler!
Virtual Empathy Water Cooler


2. Three Minutes ⏲️

Three Minutes showcases the power of teamwork in achieving shared goals. Here's how it works:

First, ask teammates to individually jot down as many movies (for example) as they can within three minutes, without using any external resources. Make sure everyone keeps their answers to themselves during this phase.

Once the time is up, have everyone tally their individual counts. Then, set another three-minute timer, but this time, instruct them to collaborate as a group to create the list.

After the group effort, compare the individual and collective results. You'll likely find that the combined effort yields a more comprehensive list than any single person could produce alone. Use this game as a springboard for a discussion on the advantages of working together towards common goals, reinforcing the importance of synergy and cooperation within your HR team.


3. Diversity and Inclusion Workshop πŸ‘₯

Led by a DE&I expert, this workshop combines scientific insights with reflective exercises to provide participants with a profound understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Participants will delve into concepts such as cultural competence, microaggressions, and allyship, gaining actionable strategies to create more inclusive environments.

By attending this workshop, your HR team will emerge with a renewed commitment to DEI principles and tangible steps to promote diversity within and beyond your workplace. Investing in such workshops not only aligns with ethical imperatives but also enhances organizational culture and effectiveness.

How to get started πŸ‘‰ Take a Diversity and Inclusion Workshop as a team!


4. What’s your N.A.M.E.? πŸ‘‹

To play, each team member writes down their first name and then brainstorms a fun or interesting fact corresponding to each letter. For instance, someone named Alec might share, "My name is Alec. A is for Atlanta, where I was born. L is for Lacrosse, the sport I played in college. E is for Experimental, my favorite movie genre. And C is for coffee, my favorite drink."

Once everyone has prepared their N.A.M.E. facts, take turns sharing them with the group. Not only is this activity a blast, but it also spotlights the diverse backgrounds and interests of your individual team members.


5. Trivia ❓

Trivia games are a fun and engaging way for team members to bond while showcasing their knowledge and problem-solving skills. Whether it's a themed trivia night or a quick quiz during lunch breaks, trivia games provide opportunities for laughter, friendly competition, and collaboration.

By incorporating trivia into your team building routine, you can create a relaxed atmosphere where everyone feels included and valued. Plus, trivia games can help boost morale, improve communication, and foster a sense of unity among team members.

How to get started πŸ‘‰ Enjoy some friendly competition with Confetti's many Trivia Games!
Trivia Games by Confetti


6. Team Volunteering 🀝

Volunteering together as a team, whether in person or through online fundraising, is a powerful charitable team building activity that not only strengthens bonds but also contributes to a greater cause. By engaging in volunteer work, HR teams have the opportunity to collaborate outside the confines of the workplace, fostering camaraderie and empathy.

Whether it's participating in community clean-up initiatives, supporting local charities, or organizing virtual fundraisers, volunteering allows team members to make a meaningful impact while building a sense of shared purpose and corporate social responsibility.


7. Mindful Leadership Workshop 🧠

Transform your HR team's leadership approach with a Mindful Leadership Workshop! Being mindful means cultivating awareness and being fully present in the moment, a quality essential for effective leadership.

In this interactive workshop, an expert will guide your team through understanding the significance of mindful leadership and its positive impact on both personal well-being and organizational success. Through self-reflection exercises and practical techniques, participants will explore how to integrate mindfulness into their leadership style, fostering greater clarity, empathy, and resilience.

How to get started πŸ‘‰ Learn holistic leadership skills in a Mindful Leadership Workshop!
Virtual Mindful Leadership Workshop by Confetti


8. Virtual Talent Show 🎀

Why not bring a bit of fun and creativity into your HR team's routine with a talent show? Hosting a talent show is a fantastic way for team members to showcase their hidden talents, whether it's singing, dancing, comedy, or something entirely unexpected!

Opening up the talent show to other departments encourages cross-departmental collaboration and allows everyone to get to know each other better. Whether they're participating or cheering from the audience, the talent show promises to be a memorable experience for all involved. So, put up a sign-up list and let the talents shine!


9. Cooking Classes πŸ§‘β€πŸ³

Shake off the stress of work with a virtual cooking class with a guided chef! This unique activity allows team members to unwind and connect over a shared culinary experience from the comfort of their own kitchens. Together, you can learn new recipes, sharpen your cooking skills, and enjoy the satisfaction of creating a delicious meal together.

With a professional chef leading the way, you'll receive step-by-step instructions and handy cooking tips, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Plus, cooking together encourages teamwork and creativity – essential ingredients for a strong and cohesive HR team.

How to get started πŸ‘‰ Boost employee engagement with a Cooking Class!
Cooking Classes by Confetti


10. Icebreakers 🧊

Incorporate icebreakers into your regular meetings, one-to-one sessions, or virtual coffee meetups with other team members! Icebreakers are fantastic tools for breaking down barriers, sparking conversations, and building rapport among colleagues. Whether it's a fun Would You Rather game, getting-to-know-you-questions, or a themed question of the day, icebreakers inject a dose of fun and energy into your gatherings while helping team members get to know each other better.

Plus, they're incredibly versatile and easy to implement, making them the perfect moment of connection to add to any agenda.

How to get started πŸ‘‰ Check out this list of our 50+ favorite icebreakers!


Throw a team building activity with Confetti 🎊

Building a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie within HR teams is essential for building a thriving company culture and achieving organizational success. By investing in a range of HR team building games and activities, team leaders can create opportunities for engaged employees to connect and collaborate, even in remote teams.

If your HR team is small, encouraging participation from other team members and opening up activities to cross-departmental involvement not only strengthens relationships but also promotes a sense of unity and inclusivity within the organization.Β 

Want to learn more about how Confetti can help you strengthen your HR department? Schedule a call with a Confetti expert today!Β 
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