As the manager of a team that has become fractured and isn't working well together, you should take specific steps to re-build your team. The first step is starting all of your team meetings with a fun team building game (Houdini’s Room Escape makes for an excellent venue). One such game that is enjoyable for everyone is the "what is true" game. To play this team building game, follow this procedure:
Ask Each Team Member to Think of Something No One will Guess About Them
As the saying goes, the truth really is stranger than fiction. Since all of your team members have some strange thing that has happened to them or some aspect of their life that is unusual, coming up with something unique and different is fairly simple.
Ask Each Team Member to Make Up Two Lies
Once every team member has come up with a unique truth about their lives, then ask them to make up two lies about things that could possibly have happened to them or that are about them. For example, maybe they were valedictorian of their high school graduating class, or they once bungee-jumped off of a bridge.
Go Around the Room and Share Each Person's Three Statements and Ask Others to Guess What is True
Once everyone has their one truth and two lies, then take a tennis ball and randomly roll it around your conference room table or toss it from desk to desk. Stop the ball's movement and ask the person holding it to say all three of their statements.
Go around the room and get each person's opinion about which statement is the true one. Take a vote and then ask the person with the ball to tell everyone which statement was actually true.
Give Your Staff Time to Share The Story Behind Their True Statement
While the process of participating in this game and voting on other people's statements helps build your team's cohesiveness, you should not stop here. Ask each participant to give the back story behind their true statement. This gives the rest of your staff the advantage of getting to know other employees on a deeper level. This deeper understanding is excellent for team building. For example, if one of your team members true statement is that they spend every evening with their parent at a nursing home, then your other staff will give them more of a break when they are tired or grouchy in the early morning hours.