Look around the room. Do your employees look miserable and desperately need a break? Then it looks like the perfect time for organizing some fun activities at work!
We all know how important it is for employees to be motivated at work. So it's vital that we invest in activities that uplift the mood of your employees. Happy employees are the key to good employee branding.
But activities that suit everyone are hard to find. So here is a list of great activities that are not only relaxing but also promotes teamwork.
15 Incredibly Fun Activities For Employees
1. Outdoor Sports Match
What better way to relax and promote team building than to indulge in a team game? This can be done at a local park or on company property. Participating in a sports game will help promote healthy relationships between employees. Your employees will appreciate when they learn about the dynamics of how a team works.
2. The Egg Drop
This is one of the most popular team building games. It encourages problem-solving through teamwork. The aim of the game is to create a package with limited resources for an egg so that it can survive a 2-3 storey fall. The package should be made with limited resources like straws, rubber bands, plastic, etc. The game usually lasts for about an hour.
The team that survives the fall is declared as the winner. In the case of a tie height of the drop can be increased.
3. The Office Cook-Off
What better way to have fun than organizing a cook-off. This culinary event promises both smack or salty - fun both ways. A cooking experience requires team members to pitch in together and be creative. This brings out the leadership skills of a few employees.
Have your employees pre-sign up as either participants or judges. Make a few groups out of these participants. The dishes can be anything from starters to desserts. Make sure the groups register the dishes they are going to cook. You don’t want to have 13 different tasting apple pies.
4. Is there a “Lip Sync Battle”
It's worth noting a thing or two from Jimmy Fallon. Dividing your office into small groups for lip sync battle promises nothing but fun. Have the groups pick a few songs beforehand and put on a show and enjoy! Yes, we know its silly but its a great team-building activity with incredible potential for fun!
5. Trivia Night
We don’t think trivia nights are just for brainiacs. Have a team compile a few trivia questions, select a reader and voila! You have a trivia night. Activities like these not only consume less amount of time but also improves company culture. It acts as a great ice breaker for including new employees in your workforce.
The best thing about trivia nights is that it hardly makes a hole in your pocket. And don’t forget to include prizes for the winners.
Organize a trivia night and witness a healthy competition among your employees.
6. Birthday Line-Up
This is one of the most effective ice breakers. Make groups of about 10 people. The next thing is to make them line up in order of their birthday(considering only dates and months).
The team members cannot talk to each other. They must communicate only using sign languages to guess each other's birthday.
Sit back and watch how few people are born leaders as they will generally play a leading role during this crisis. You will see them leading and taking charge of the issue.
7. Not So Boring Board Games
Let’s look at the easiest and most convenient one on the list. Not only is it easy to organize but also inviting and easy on the pockets.
The key here is not to pick games that are boring! Nothing’s worse than a boring board game! Pick games that are all-time favorites. Break teams and mismatch so that every team is unique. You can also break big teams into smaller ones for specific games.
Don’t conduct the board games during break hours! That's probably the worst thing that you can do! Conduct the games during office hours or as an after-office party.
8. Where’s Spider-Man When You Need Him?
This game is a bit demanding compared to the others mentioned in this list. But this is one of our personal favorites! This game teaches cooperation, leadership, and planning.
Make a giant spider web using a large ball of woolen/cotton string between two pillars or two walls. Make teams of 6-7 members. The aim of the game is to pass through the web without touching any string. When such a successful transition is done a team is awarded a point. When a person of one team passes through a gap in the web, that portion should be closed for that team. This game demands planning and strategizing to optimize the team’s score. Teams should plan accordingly gaps in the web is utilized according to different people in the team.
9. Marketing Concentration
This a spin-off from the popular 60s game concentration. You have 30 tiles, all faced downwards. Each tile has an identical tile somewhere. Participants are allowed to look at one tile at one time. After a tile is turned its turned back when the next tile is chosen. The aim of the game is to flip matching tiles in a row.
To give this game a marketing twist you can put marketing slogans and company logos and have the participants match these.
A few individual games like these can be thrown to change the dynamics a bit.
10. Blind Waiter And Leader
This a fun game to break the shackles of awkward communication at work. It's a great game to loosen up new hires and make them feel at home. This game requires a team of 4-5 members. One person should be the leader of the group and the rest should be waiters. The aim of the game is to pour a glass of wine for the leader.
All the waiters are blindfolded and only the leader can see whose hands are tied and is seated on a chair. All the essentials- wine bottles, glass, and corkscrew are hidden in the room. The objective is for the leader to guide the waiters properly so that he can finally sip the wine. Teams are to be judged on the basis of the time taken to complete this task.
This game naturally builds communication between employees.
11. Team Into Groups
This is an interesting one and promotes out of the box thinking. It will help your employees see unique connections in very different items. A mental exercise is not only fun but also can help increase productivity in the long run.
First, collect a few random items and keep them on a large table. Ideally, the number of items should be more than 20. Make sure that the items are not related to each other in an obvious way.
Now the aim of the game is for the participants to categorize these items in groups. Since these items are random and initially not related to each other, your employees will be forced to think out of the box to categorize these items. Make them write the categorization in sheets of paper for future evaluation.
For example, a water bottle and a wallet can be related as they both act as containers for the useful stuff inside.
In this game, there are no losers. Only winners. Even your work environment will see an increase in efficiency as this game involves mental stretching.
12. Few Truths And A Lie
Okay, we get it! This is one of the most common ones, and almost everyone has heard about this. But we don’t like to keep any stone unturned, so here goes.
Its one of the most simple games and really helps act as ice breakers. It is one of the most important team-building activities.
Every participant must say a few things about themselves. Among the statements, one of them is lie. So the aim for the rest of the people is to guess the false statement. The good thing about this that it can be played in large as well as small groups.
13. The Barter Challenge
This is another fun one. It usually lasts about 1-2 hours. This game demands not only cooperative skills but also tests your employees' negotiation and decision-making skills.
You should first divide people into groups of equal members. Now every group is given a different jigsaw puzzle of equal difficulty. The team that first finishes the jigsaw puzzle wins!
Sounds too easy? Obviously, there’s a catch.
The pieces of the puzzles are mixed with the pieces of other groups’ puzzle. The team has to somehow convince the other teams to exchange pieces with them. This involves teams trading pieces, negotiating or even exchanging team members.
This kind of fun activities at work calls for a superior level of problem-solving and team-building efforts.
14. Scavenger Hunt
This is also one of the most common ones and never fails to amuse. This kind of fun activities at work will tend to bring your employees closer and foster team building.
The basic idea of this game is really simple. Divide your office into groups of equal members. Hide a few items which are to be found by each team before a deadline. Provide clues and riddle as to the location of the hidden artifacts. The team that first finds all the items wins!
Make this activity even more fun by extending the area of the scavenger hunt. We have seen offices that have conducted scavenger hunt in the entire city. For this make sure your riddles are not ambiguous and should point to the exact location.
15. We, The Healthfreaks
Fun and health? It seems like an unlikely combination, right? Well, you can both have fun at work and be healthy at the same time. You can conduct fitness activities (both indoor and outdoor ones). Fitness activities are the perfect way to both drive employee engagement and build your teams’ bonding.
Conducts events where everyone in the company participates in. For eg, you can conduct a half marathon where everyone can participate in. Events like these are not only easy on the pockets but also extremely engaging for your employees.
Let’s take another example. Mountain climbing. Not only an activity like this can boost the health and endurance of your employees, but also provides your employee with a much-needed break from the hectic lifestyle. A long mountain trek provides your employees with a long amount of time to bond and have a lot of fun.
With increased productivity and a livelier office, these icebreakers are a win-win. Conducting fun activities at work might seem like an unnecessary luxury but it is a very important part of developing a great work environment. It’s difficult for employees to be productive when they face burnout day in and day out.
A recent survey found out that 23% of employees face burnout in office.
50% of employees have one foot out of the door.
25% of employees leave their job in the first year.
These are scary stats to deal with. If the potency of these can be reduced with simple fun activities, what’s the harm?
A scope for fun activities at work provides your employees with much need breaks and helps create a more efficient workforce.
And after all, there’s food, there are games and there’s wine. What’s not to like?