It’s that time of the year again! Sparkling lights, traditional diyas, and beautiful rangolis; they all have come to brighten up our days. Till not so long ago, Diwali celebrations used to be short office celebrations. Employees used to come dressed in traditional wear and indulge in an informal lunch.
However, things have changed now, and for the better. Most organisations are now using Diwali activities to boost team building and motivate employees. But let’s take this initiative one step ahead; let’s incorporate team building activities and the act of doing good for others.
This Diwali, why not light up the worlds of those who are still living in darkness? Whether you’re a small startup or a large corporation, encourage your employees to give back to the community on this festival. Not only would this make your employees feel good, but you will also be developing their skillset, strengthening their trust, increasing collaboration, and boosting morale. It goes without saying that this will foster healthy work relationships and nurture team spirit profoundly.
Here are a few team building activities that will ignite your organisation this Diwali:
The Playdesk Challenge
Despite all the education rights and facilities provided by the government, most schools in rural India still lack basic facilities and infrastructure like desks. Think about it – sitting down on the floor for long hours in a hunched position is what leads to back pain, strained eyesight, and poor handwriting for those children who are below the poverty line. The Playdesk Challenge gives your team an opportunity to address this issue. Make a real difference in the lives of children by assembling individual desks that will be donated to schools in need.
The Wheels of Hope Challenge
Life is utterly challenging for the handicapped and destitute people in more ways than we can imagine. You can make a vast difference in the lives of these people, by taking part in this challenge. In this incredible team building activity teams are equipped with toolkits and great gusto to build, you guessed it right, wheelchairs! Meanwhile, teams are also challenged with fun and innovative puzzles to earn enough points for ‘purchasing’ the crucial parts required to complete their wheelchairs. In the end, be prepared for goosebumps and misty eyes.
Social Chef Challenge
This activity not only allows you to make a difference in people’s lives, but it also gives you the wonderful opportunity to get your team to work together in a context completely different from the daily environment. It inspires teams to look beyond their collective issues by indulging in the art of giving and deriving the satisfaction out of it. Make your Master Chef dreams come true by taking part in this challenge, in which teams are given limited resources. They need to strategise to put them to the best possible use and create a 3-course meal fit for kings and queens – and in this case, princes and princesses. If you haven’t already guessed it, there’s a surprise at the end of their preparation time as the teams forgo eating their own creations for a higher purpose. As Sir Winston S. Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
What’s that one thing that is a part of every child’s dream at one point in his or her life? That’s right, bicycles! Many of us still reminisce about that sweet memory of spending hours doing nothing but cycling with friends. Sadly, for many impoverished children of India, owning a cycle is nothing but a dream. On this auspicious day of Diwali, encourage your team to turn this dream into a reality for many children with the Velocipede Challenge. In this heartwarming team building activity, get ready to be armed with wrenches and enthusiasm to construct the ultimate dream of children — bicycles. Navigate your way through innovative puzzles and fun activities to finish the task and at the end, experience the elated faces of the underprivileged as they finally see their dreams come true.
We firmly believe in the saying ‘Being happy is a state of mind.’ Often, with our corporate life and complexities, we tend to cut ourselves off from our roots. To overcome this, we bring you an activity that involves interacting with artisans and their extended families while understanding their lives, challenges, and hopes for the future. Their tiny houses and lack of basic necessities is a culture shock for many. Yet the free-flowing smiles and laughter that sparkles out of their faces is a profound inspiration. Get ready for a fun-filled and inspiring challenge!
These activities are rather different from the typical in-office party and we hope they’ll inspire your team to continue the spirit of Diwali all throughout the holidays and beyond!
How are you lighting up people’s lives this Diwali?