One of the most important aspects of a business is its employees. Whether they are working in sales, engineering, or customer service, company leaders should always ensure their workforce is happy and engaged.
Team building activities are a great way to strengthen your workforce. These short, effective games encourage team bonding, collaboration, and communication skills. Your employees will learn how to work together to accomplish tasks they wouldn’t be able to do independently.
If you are looking for an activity that will boost morale in your office or break up the monotony, this blog post has the answers you need. Read on for some fun team-building ideas to strengthen your workforce and boost morale.
A scavenger hunt is a great way to get your employees working together. You can make it more challenging by having them collaborate on the items they need to find, or you could let everyone work alone and see who completes their list of tasks first.
The best part about this activity is that it suits any size group. Whether you have 15, 50, or even 100 people coming to your company retreat, you can play a scavenger hunt game successfully.
To play this game, you simply make a list of items that your employees need to find. Along the way, they will have individual and team tasks to complete that require them to work together to succeed.
Tied Together is an excellent team-building game for groups of all sizes. It is usually played with about 15 people, but you can make the group size smaller or larger depending on your needs.
This game works well because it encourages communication and collaboration skills. Your employees will learn how to work together to accomplish tasks as opposed to completing them individually.
After everyone is divided into teams, they will stand in a circle facing inwards, and their hands will be tied together with their neighbor’s hands with ropes or zip ties. Then the facilitator will read different tasks or challenges that require your employees to work together to complete them successfully.
A few examples of the tasks could be wrapping a present or building a lego structure — activities that are fairly simple on your own, but take a little more collaboration and discussion when your hands are tied together. This game can be played indoors or outdoors.
Mafia is a classic team-building game that many companies have played. It will encourage your employees to work together and learn how the different personalities of their coworkers can help or hurt their ability to win the game. It also helps build their trust with one another.
The facilitator for this activity should divide all of your employees into two groups: Mafia and Townspeople. The Townspeople are the good guys, the Mafia are the bad guys, and each will be given a goal that they need to accomplish by the end of the game.
The Townspeople’s role is simple: find and eliminate all the mafia members. Ideally, your employees will work together to accomplish that goal.
The mafia members are to be selected using a method of the facilitator’s choice. Once they are chosen, each member should be given a role to play to help them accomplish their goal. Some roles could include an assassin who kills one person at night or someone who can protect another player from being killed during the nighttime.
The game will have rounds with days and nights, each lasting a certain amount of time. During the day, all mafia members are “good,” and during the night, they get to carry out tasks such as killing someone or protecting another member. If your employees work together as Townspeople, they have a good chance at winning the game.
Team Birthday Line Up
This is one of the most fun team-building games you can play with your employees. It encourages them to collaborate and communicate effectively despite the added challenges.
Start by dividing everyone into small groups of around five people per group. The facilitator will then ask the teams to arrange themselves according to the team members’ birthdays. But there’s a catch: they must communicate non-verbally, using hand gestures to share their birthday with their teammates rather than speaking.
The team will have 15 minutes to arrange themselves. The groups will be judged based upon how fast they completed the tasks successfully and the accuracy of being able to line up employees by birthday.
This is a great way to keep your employees focused on completing their tasks successfully without any distractions or talking. They will learn how to communicate with an added challenge, and this will stretch their teamwork skills to new heights.
This game is similar to the one above, as it encourages team members to work together to accomplish their goals. It also promotes creativity, innovation, and self-reflection.
The facilitator will first need everyone in teams, giving one egg to each team. They will then explain the task: each team must build a shield for the egg using only tape, paper clips, string, straws, chopsticks, and their teammates. They will have six minutes to build the best possible shield to protect an egg.
The team with no cracks or breaks to their egg after dropping it from a certain height will win this game. This is another excellent way to encourage your employees to work together to complete their tasks successfully without any distractions.
The objective of the game is to practice leadership and communication while encouraging team members to work together.
To begin, the facilitator will divide everyone into groups. They will then explain that each team must create the perfect square while blindfolded, using only the strings of equal length that they are given.
Teams are allowed to communicate verbally but cannot touch each other’s materials during this game. If their square is not a perfect square, then they will have to start over and try again. The team with the most perfectly formed squares will win.
Two Truths and A Lie
This game encourages employees to get to know each other while having fun. It’s a great way for teams to share parts of themselves without feeling uncomfortable, resulting in closer relationships between team members.
The facilitator will split everyone into groups and give them three minutes of preparation before the game begins. They will be given four topics, and the individuals will think of two truths and one lie about themselves that they have to share if their teammates guess the correct answer.
This game promotes camaraderie, self-reflection, teamwork, empathy, and respect for others’ opinions and values.
This is a great icebreaker game to play to get your employees comfortable with each other. It promotes collaboration, communication, and negotiation skills.
First, the facilitator will divide everyone into small groups consisting of three team members each. The facilitator will give each team a different jigsaw puzzle, but the puzzles will be a mix of pieces from other groups.
To complete their puzzles successfully, team members will need to negotiate, collaborate and communicate with the other teams. Groups will be judged upon their speed and how well they managed to negotiate.
For this game, the facilitator will divide the employees into teams. The winning team will be the first to navigate the minefield successfully without touching any of the mines.
They will be given one minute for each team member to figure out how to solve this problem, and then another two minutes as a group to discuss their plan with teammates before beginning. The facilitator can also give them additional time if necessary.
The facilitator will place random objects throughout a designated area. Ideally, teams should work together to successfully navigate the minefield without touching any objects or explosives placed there by the facilitator.
This team-building game promotes communication, trust, and delegation skills within your employees while also developing their problem-solving skills.
The objective of this activity is to get your employees comfortable with taking risks while developing their creativity, leadership, and problem-solving skills.
To set up the game, the facilitator will lay down a large sheet, then divide the team members into pairs before blindfolding one member from each pair. The non-blindfolded partner in the couple will give directions on how they want their teammate to draw their object.
Blindfolded team members will have to complete the drawing given by their partner without seeing it, all while navigating an unknown environment.
This is a simple game that will only take a few minutes, but the results will last much longer.
All of the games mentioned above are excellent choices for your next team-building event. They promote teamwork, communication, trust, and collaboration while fostering creativity, problem-solving skills, and delegation abilities to successfully complete goals.
These activities will strengthen relationships amongst employees and help them better accomplish their goals as a team despite potential setbacks. For your next work retreat, why not play some exciting, rewarding, and challenging games? The whole team stands to benefit from a day of productivity & enjoyment. Have fun!