9 Exciting Corporate Team-Building Activities in Columbus

Fun and effective activities designed to motivate and mobilize your employees

Columbus Commercial Real Estate is booming, meaning businesses are flocking the central-Ohio area and recruiting the best-of-the-best in their fields to jobs across a variety of industries. Once qualified candidates are interviewed, hired, and trained, it’s time to build a team of exceptional employees focused on a common goal: growing a successful business. But garnering enthusiasm for teamwork doesn’t happen overnight. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of the best team-building activities in the Columbus area, specially designed to strengthen your team of employees.

1. Trivia

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Teaming up for a little friendly competition is a great way to inspire camaraderie between employees. Allow your team to show off their brain power with a trivia night! Pittsburgh-based trivia company Buzzworthy Pub Trivia hosts private trivia events for corporate events that are perfect for a quick, affordable team-building event. With five trivia rounds that last about two hours, teams compete for bragging rights or a prize of your choice. Best of all, the trivia night can be fully customized - you pick the categories, they provide the questions - to add a little extra fun to your local event.

2. Volunteering

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Getting involved in your community is undoubtedly one of the best ways to build a community both within your team and outside of it. Columbus, as the largest metropolitan area in Ohio, leaves plenty of space for individuals and groups to volunteer at the variety of nonprofit organizations it hosts. Whether your team is looking to volunteer at a soup kitchen, put together care packages for the homeless, or fix up playgrounds in low-income areas, Columbus Gives Back has a volunteer event that’s perfect for your group.

3. Summit Vision

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If your group is looking for a bit of high-flying adventure, check out Summit Vision - an outdoor ropes-course just outside of Columbus. Specifically designed for team-building, Summit Vision’s attractions also include high-climbing courses, a leap of faith, and ground-level team building activities. These activities - perfect for summer and fall corporate team-building - are designed to highlight the natural abilities of the individuals on your team and approach one another’s weaknesses with honesty and support.

4. Great Room Escape

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Escape rooms are a rapidly-growing trend in the corporate team-building world due to their perfect mixture of fun, problem solving, and teamwork. Great Escape Room features a variety of escape room themes - including zombies, 1980s and 90s, Da Vinci’s Lost Meatball, and Crazy Cat Lady -  which force your team to communicate and highlight the skills of each individual to escape in time. Your team will have so much fun searching for clues and solving puzzles to plan their escape that they will hardly realize they are improving their professional performance in the process.

5. Pub Crawl

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A team as hardworking as yours sometimes deserves a chance to hang out, unwind, and explore the city. For an easy team-building activity, set aside a Saturday for a corporate pub crawl through Columbus. Not only will your employees get a chance to socialize outside of work, but your company will be supporting other small businesses in the process (in some sort of quasi-networking kind of way, right?). Your team can either take part in a hosted holiday bar crawl or try out the Columbus Ale Trail, featuring crowd-pleasing favorites like Brewdog and Pigskin Brewing Company.

6. Improv Workshop with Columbus Funny Bone Comedy Club

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Laughter is a universal language - and a universal team-builder. If you’re looking for an event that will keep your team laughing from start to finish, check out the corporate team-building improv workshop with Columbus Funny Bone Comedy Club. In addition to growing your team’s camaraderie through good-natured humor, your team will learn effective communication skills, listening, collaboration, and how to embrace the constant changes of working with a diverse team. Best of all - this activity is extremely scalable for both small and large groups.

7. Laser Tag

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Activating your employees’ competitive edge is important to inspire a strong work ethic in the workplace. For an activity that will get your team moving and bring out their competitive sides, try out a corporate event at Lazer Kraze. Your employees break into two teams and will have a blast creating offensive and defensive strategies to take down the other team in the laser maze. Lazer Kraze also reserves private spaces for corporate events and can have your event catered by a variety of local restaurants - winning team eats first, of course.

8. Chili Cook-Off

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Let’s face it - your team has been working up an appetite. Utilize your team’s hunger for success (and a midday snack) with a corporate chili cook-off. Break off into teams or individuals and have your employees spend their lunch break sampling homemade recipes from their coworkers, voting to decide the ultimate victor. In addition to mixing in some friendly competition to your workday, your employees will enjoy getting to chat and exchange recipes over their lunch break.

9. Blue Jackets Game

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For an old-fashioned, fun team outing, send your team to a Columbus Blue-Jackets game. Nothing inspires team-bonding like cheering on a local team, and this laid-back event is great for hockey fans and non-fans alike. Whether employees spend their evening intensely focused on the ice or breaking the ice with a coworker who sits a few cubes over, your team is guaranteed an exciting night to remember.

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