List of 10 Necessary Office Games
Individuals at office though handpicked and selected after rigorous rounds of interview, still at the end of it all are very different personalities. They bring their uniqueness, differing communication skills and interpersonal skills to the table. It is very important for the company and for the employees themselves that they get along with each other and bring out the best outputs as a team. Office games are an excellent way to enforce team spirit and act as ice breakers when new people are also involved.
These 10 necessary office games listed help sharpen team spirit, problem solving skills, communication skills, build partnerships and last but not the least, the group should have fun playing these games.
1. Scrambled Jigsaw: This game can be used to improve good interpersonal skills, flexibility. To play this game, use multiple jigsaw game ensuring that 5-6 pieces of each jigsaw are placed in different tables. Set a time limit. As the group starts playing they will realize that there are missing pieces in their game and that they have to look around at other tables, negotiate, communicate and ensure they get their missing pieces back to form their full picture. The team that is able to do this within the stipulated time is the winner. This game can be played until all the jigsaws are complete.
2. Tug-of-war: This game will test the physical strength and co-operation of each team while generating a lot of fun and frolic in the office. To play this game, divide the people into 2 teams without any bias ensuring the group is well mix of people from different teams and depts. Each team should hold one side of a long rope and pull with all their might such that the other team crosses the middle line and enters their side of the line.
3. Zoom: This game ensures that the team works towards a common objective and rely on each other. It enhances communication skills and observation skills. The picture book titled ‘Zoom’ by Istvan Banyai has 30 sequential pictures that form a story. Give each participant only 1 picture; ensure that the pictures be handed out in a sequential order. The participants must study their pictures and talk about it to other team members and try to make sense of the distributed pictures to form a story. The story is built on information provided by the team without looking at each others pictures.
4. Great Egg-drop: This game tests co-operation and ability to work as a team, and utilize creativity. Divide the participants into 2 large groups. Each group will have to prepare a package that can sustain egg drop from 8 feet height. The required materials will be given to each team but the package will be made based on the team’s creativity. The team will also have to come up with a good jingle that will advertise their packaging explaining why their package is unique and how it functions. At the end of it, the team should drop their egg package from 8 feet height to show their package can really sustain the drop.
5. Sneak a Peek : This game tests the team’s observatory skills, and enhances communication. Pick a few sets of children’s’ building blocks. The instructor will build a structure with the building blocks away from the teams’ view. Give the teams similar building blocks to replicate the structure. Have one person from each team will simultaneously observe and study the structure for 10 seconds. They must go back to their teams and explain and help their team replicate the structure done by the instructor. After 1 minute another member from each team will get to see the structure and further guide the team.
6. Balloon Games: This game acts as an ice breaker and helps in communication and balance amongst the team members. Divide the participants into various teams and tie each of their foot with the foot of the next person. Scatter many balloons of different colours in the entire play area. Each team will have to pick balloons of a particular colour and place them a in a bag being held by a person. The bag holder can change places and walk around the play area making it hard for the team to put in the balloons in the bag. The team that puts in the maximum number of balloons in the bag within the stipulated play time wins. This game is fun for the participants and audiences.
7. Paper Structure: This games is aimed at increasing negotiation skills, and working together. It also helps enhance leadership qualities emerge and promotes co-operation and team spirit. This game requires cardboard, glue, pencil, ruler, etc to be distributed as sets to each team participating in the game. A certain time is agreed upon for the game and the teams are asked to build a structure with the materials given. The tallest, stable and free-standing structure that looks beautiful and is creatively done is chosen as the winning team.
8. Mine Field: This games enhaces listening and communication skills. The room or the play area is scattered with pins, objects, ballons etc. These objects are considered as ‘mines’ and are to be avoided from being stepped upon. The participants are divided as teams of two people. One player is blindfolded and needs to cross from one side of the room to the other without stepping on the ‘mines’. The blind folded person will be guided by his/her partner who can see and talk but cannot enter the pay area. The player who crosses across to the other side without stepping on the mines, within the stipulated time wins.
9. All Aboard: This game tests the team’s creativity, physical flexibility, co-operation and communication skills. The teams have to fit themselves into a particular space with fixed length and breadth. The defined space can be marked by a rope or paper or tarpaulin. Once the team successfully fits themselves into the space, reduce the space by either folding the paper or tarpaulin, thus making it harder for all the people to fit into it. This is repeated till the team is no longer able to fit in. This is a whole lot of fun, while it also requires people to be physically comfortable with each other. The goal is however to have all aboard.
10. Challenge with your own activity: This game helps the team’s problem solving skills, communication, creativity, business thinking, interpersonal skills, co-operation and trust. Each team is asked to come up with a creative game or team activity. The activity should be one that the team believes they can do better than others; they should be able to beat the other teams at their own game. Each team will take turns explaining their activity to the others and challenging themselves and others at it. 2 points are awarded to the team if none of the other teams can beat them at their own game, 1 point is awarded if they can play and win another’s game.