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If your company truly cares about its team, throwing in a company retreat is a must.

Imagine this: your team, gathered in beautiful places, breaking free from the daily grind and diving into a mix of fun, learning, and team-building activities. It’s not just a company retreat; it’s an investment in your team’s spirit.

A well-crafted company retreat isn’t just a break from the norm – it’s a solid investment in your company’s well-being. The benefits stretch beyond the retreat itself, making it a valuable move for your team. These retreats help improve the team’s morale, improve job satisfaction, enhance problem-solving skills, and weave a deep sense of unity and engagement, especially for remote teams who don’t often get the chance to meet their colleagues in person.

Tigerhall, a global employee, trusted Midstay to organize their company retreat. In frame: Tigerhall team members enjoy a fun and bonding time on a yacht in Phuket, Thailand.

Company retreats or team offsites are the golden opportunity to connect with your team and really understand them deeply. And you know what’s a game-changer? Include some icebreaker games in your retreat plan, especially at the beginning. These games aren’t just for laughs; they’re the secret sauce to help team members who haven’t crossed paths before get to know each other and build real, meaningful connections.

8 team-building icebreakers for your company retreat

Now, finding the perfect icebreakers can be a bit of a puzzle. Lucky for you, we’ve got your back! Check out this list of icebreakers ready to roll for your next company retreat!

1. Two Truths and a Lie

This is a classic game where everyone shares three statements about themselves, but one is a deliberate lie. The group then has to guess which statement is the lie.

Does it sound too mainstream? We’ve given it a spirited makeover! 

🔍 How it works:

  • Divide participants into teams
  • Challenge each team to create three sets of “Two Truths and a Lie” with a focus on creativity and exaggeration
  • Teams take turns presenting their sets of statements
  • The opposing team not only guess which one is the lie but also defend their choices
  • After guessing, allow the presenting team to defend the lie
  • Maintain a lively scorecard throughout the game

This game not only sparks laughter but reveals hidden talents and unexpected quirks about your colleagues.

2. Human Bingo

This is a fun way to get your team mingling and learning fun facts about each other, helping them build more meaningful relationships! 

🔍 How it works: 

  • Create a bingo card with squares filled with various prompts that represent personal facts about your employees, for example:
    • “Has traveled to 30 countries”
    • “Can play 3 musical instruments”
    • “Die hard fan of lasagna”
  • Participants then mingle and ask each other questions to find someone who matches each prompt, marking the squares as they go
  • The first person to complete a row, column, or diagonal wins!

3. Meme Masterpiece

Laughter is a universal language, and this game encourages a positive and lighthearted atmosphere. It’s a wonderful stress-buster that brings joy to the workplace.

Midstay helps you plan and organize your company retreat, saving you hundreds of time of back and forth planning.

🔍 How it works:

  • Divide participants into teams
  • Provide each team with a collection of stock photos, access to meme templates, and markers.
  • Each team creates memes by combining stock photos and adding humorous captions.
  • Each team presents their memes, and everyone votes on the funniest one
  • Bonus: Display the memes around the office for ongoing amusement.

4. Balloon Pop Vaganza

Get ready for an unforgettable experience with the “Balloon Pop Vaganza” icebreaker, where fun and surprise challenges collide in a burst of excitement.

Employees having fun with icebreakers at their company retreat!

🔍 How it works:

  • Fill balloons with exciting challenges or tasks before inflating them. Tasks can range from singing a song to doing a silly dance or sharing a joke.
  • Each participant pops the balloons and completes the tasks inside

This game can inspire a culture that embraces new experiences and challenges, as it triggers your team’s willingness to step out of their comfort zone.

5. Marshmallow Madness

This game revolves around building a tower using marshmallows and toothpicks. 

🔍 How it works:

  • Give each team a bag of marshmallows and toothpicks packs
  • Set a timer to construct the tallest and most creative structure using marshmallows and toothpicks
  • The tallest and most creative structure wins!

The competition element adds a touch of fun, while the activity encourages creative thinking and teamwork to achieve a common goal. Plus, who can resist a bit of marshmallow-fueled creativity?

Fun ice breaker idea: Use marshmallows for your next company retreat!

6. Stand up if…

This game is very simple and quite effortless to break the ice! It facilitates inclusive bonding by unveiling shared experiences among participants, breaking barriers among them and fostering a sense of unity through relatable questions.

🔍 How it works:

  • Prepare a list of yes/no questions, each question should start with “Stand up if …” or “Have you ever…”
  • Ensure that the questions are created with sensitivity to avoid discrimination, intimidation, or insult.
  • Read the question one by one. For each statement, the participants should stand up if they answer the statement with yes.

7. Musical Chairs

This game promotes physical activity and spontaneity, injecting a burst of energy into the workplace. It’s a delightful break from the usual routine.

A mix of music and "small sport" would be fun for your company retreat!

🔍 How it works:

  • Arrange chairs in a circle, one fewer than the number of participants.
  • Play upbeat music as participants walk around the chairs.
  • Stop the music at intervals. Participants must find a chair to sit in.
  • Remove one chair after each pause until only one person is left standing.

8. Blind square

You’ll need properties like blindfolds and a rope for this game. It works by challenging participants to form a perfect square using a long string or rope while blindfolded. It adds a unique sensory element to the icebreaker, making it a memorable and engaging activity for team building!

Give the opportunities for your team members to build meaningful connections through a company retreat.

🔍 How it works:

  • Divide participants into a team of 2 or 3 people
  • For each team, choose someone to be blindfolded
  • Take a long string or rope with the ends tied together & give it to their hands
  • Ask the blindfolded participant to form a perfect square from the rope, while the other participants guide them to do it
  • Allow them to remove the blindfold when they think they’re finished, to see the result
  • The fastest team wins!

Elevate your team-building strategy with a company retreat

Planning a company retreat can be quite overwhelming. You’ll need to invest time and resources in managing logistics, finding the right activities, and ensuring everyone has a good time.

That’s where Midstay comes in. We handle everything from customized activity planning and engaging icebreakers to venue selection and logistics, ensuring your team has an experience they’ll truly remember.

Socomec team members, having fun in team-building activities on their company retreat in Phuket, Thauland.

By choosing Midstay, you can:

  • Save your time and resources
    Focus on your core business and team while we handle all the retreat planning details.

  • Create a tailored experience
    We design and personalize the retreat to match your specific goals, budget, and team dynamics.

  • Boost your employee engagement
    Our curated interactive team-building activities are designed to strengthen your team bonds, leaving your team refreshed and motivated

  • Invest in your company’s long-term success
    A well-planned retreat can lead to improved communication, collaboration, and overall productivity for your company.

Check out how Midstay has helped SoftwareONE plan and organize their executive summit, which leads to increased productivity and well-being among their team members. (Read more)

So, what are you waiting for?

Let’s work together to build a stronger, happier team through the power of engaging experiences. 

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Florian Jacques

Florian Jacques is an innovative communicator and artist deeply engaged with technology. Known for his proactive style, Florian has collaborated with startup founders worldwide, from San Francisco to Barcelona, enhancing business strategies through expert UX and visual design. His diverse experience spans from directing a major music festival with over 20,000 attendees to crafting comprehensive product and marketing strategies. Currently, Florian channels his vast expertise as the Co-Founder and CEO of Midstay, driving forward-thinking solutions in the tech, travel and event industry.