We've all been there. You're in a team meeting and the designated office keen bean suggests an allegedly fun activity.
It's a team outing or perhaps an in-office delight meant to simultaneously build morale and boost productivity but all it does is make you want to chuck a sickie.
So rather than recoil at the phrase “team building”, chuck a couple of these ideas out there when the topic is broached...
Your team might be incredible at escaping the office when they knock off at 1pm on a Friday, but how would they go escaping from a prison cell? Or a deserted island? Or a haunted house absolutely infested with demons?
Your coworkers might slam upwards of 29 coffees daily, but let's see how much energy they really have. It's time to get them scrambling up a wall.
Bouldering, essentially the more Instagrammable form of indoor rock climbing, can be attempted at BlocHaus in Fyshwick.
CYCLING IN THE CITY
Close your eyes and imagine a mismatched gang of public servants ridin' dirty around Lake Burley at lunch. It feels funny, doesn't it?
Whether it's for a hard-earned session of sun and fresh air, or simply for a laugh, get the team a few airbikes from a nearby docking station and hit the streets. Wear your helmets to of course protect the capital's greatest minds.
You'd be hard pressed to find someone in the office who isn't up for a feed, but it might be a harder sell when they learn they'll be making it themselves.
Foodish offers corporate cooking classes which are a unique way to get the team working creatively together. There's even the option to add a "competitive element" to the classes, which will surely make for interesting chat back in the office.
Don't let kids have all the fun, treat your team to a hearty match of laser tag. Deploy tactics of strategy, stealth and evasion - yes, all the tactics routinely deployed to avoid weekly meetings - at Zone 3.
If your team tends to walk more on the tame side of life, head to Guild. On offer are hundreds of board games including Moustrap, Catan, Guess Who? and Splendor. Oh and they have pizza.
INDOOR SNOW SPORTS
Aspen, the Swiss Alps and Fyshwick. All internationally renowned skiing destinations, and we're lucky one of these hotspots is ours to enjoy in the bush capital. So ice out office tensions with an outing to Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports.
Ah, paintball. An oldie but a goodie. And a guarantee of battle scars in the form of ghastly welts. Rally the team for a mission-oriented outing to Delta Force.