The work environment shouldn’t always be all business and no fun. Sometimes, engaging your employees in some team building games will not only help them relax and have fun for a while, but also help you get a better understanding of how well your team works together. There is no reason why team building games can’t be both fun and useful. However, if you want to avoid your employees rolling their eyes when they hear about yet another typical team building game, try some not so well-known ones. Here are 3 such ideas to get you started.
3 Great Team Building Games to Do at Work
1. The Barter Puzzle
For this team building game you will need to split your employees into four or more small teams. Then, provide each team with a jigsaw puzzle. First of all, make sure all the puzzles have the same difficulty level. Furthermore, put a twist on the entire game by mixing some of the puzzle pieces from each team among another team’s pieces. The winning team is the one who manages to solve the puzzle before anyone else does. They also have to use negotiation, trade, or whatever they can think of. The key is to convince the other teams to return their missing pieces.
2. This is Better Than That
This really fun team building game will test your employees’ creativity and problem solving skill. What you have to do is split everybody into equal teams. Then, choose four or more items that you can find around you (such as a laptop, or a box of tissues). Next, provide them all with a crazy and creative scenario. One example would be: “There is an alien invasion and you have to save everybody!” The idea is that each team has to come up with a creative way of solving this issue by using the four objects. Give them 20 minutes to think. Then, ask them to rank the items according to how useful they were. Also find out what they decided to do with each of them.
3. Alphabet Actors
If you are looking for team building games that also get your employees moving around and sharing some laughs together, then you are going to like this one. It is easy to understand, you don’t need any props, and it doesn’t take a long time either. Just divide everybody into teams of three or four people. Then, call out random letters, asking them to form them by using their bodies. If you want to make it even more challenging, split them into larger teams and ask them to spell out a short word. It is up to them if they want to attempt this while standing, or if they think it’s easier to lay down on the floor. Regardless of the method, they are bound to have some fun.
If you want to spruce up an otherwise dull Monday at work, we suggest you give one of these team building games a shot. Your employees will feel much more energized and motivated to go to work once they’ve had some fun together.
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