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10 Fun Games In Office Which Promote Teamwork

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Nothing can be as simple or effective for your team-building efforts than playing some fun games in office.

Strong company culture is built on the foundation of having efficient teams. However for a team to perform at their optimum best, the team members must share an enviable team bond too. Such a bond is less likely to be cultivated overnight and without any prior team engagement efforts.

In today’s fast-paced corporate world, not only can it be difficult for team members to get to know the rest of the team, it can be quite difficult for new hires to transition into the team smoothly.

When you play these 10 ridiculously fun games in office with your team members, you’re bound to get a laugh or two out of them. These fun games are incredibly effective in harboring a close team bond. Additionally, some of these team building games will really test your team’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

So, without any further ado, let’s get started.

Your team will definitely like (if not love) playing these 10 fun games in office:

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1. Charades

The recommended number of players: 10

Material required: None

Time Limit: None

Why it works?

This party game is a classic for a reason. However before you judge this as too cliched, you can add your own “office twist” to it by switching movie names with the familiar office lingo- “the boss’s beard”, “night shift”, “broken coffee machine”, “quarterly reports”. Basically include anything that your team would have a good laugh over.

How to play?

Step 1: A player from one team is chosen by the other team and given a movie name.
Step 2: The player enacts the movie name and tries to convey it to his teammates without talking or pointing out to any objects.
Step 3: If the team guesses the movie name correctly then they win a point. If not then the rival team gains a point.
Step 4: Continue steps (1-3) The team with the maximum points wins the game.

2. Marshmallow Challenge

The recommended number of players: Small groups containing 3-6 team members each

Material required: A kit for each team containing 20 sticks of uncooked spaghetti, one marshmallow, one yard of string, one yard of tape, one measuring tape.

Time Limit: Approximately 20-30 minutes while 18 minutes is the norm.

Why it works?

This activity involves several teams competing to assemble the tallest freestanding structure in a given time period with set materials. This office game works both as a great ice breaker and also a team-building activity. It encourages team members to work collaboratively by collectively brainstorming ideas. Additionally, the Marshmallow Challenge encourages participants to look for Plan B.

Thus, with the Marshmallow Challenge you can hone your team’s problem-solving skills but also indulge in a fun game too. It’s certainly a win-win in my book.

How to play?

Step 1: Set up the supplies for each team
Step 2: Explain the challenge: Build the tallest tower possible that will support a marshmallow, in 18 minutes.
Step 3: Set a timer for 18 minutes
Step 4: Go!

3. Don’t Smile

The recommended number of players: 6-10 people.

Material required: None

Time Limit: Approximately 10 minutes

Why it works?

This team-building game is incredibly simple and will help you energize and engage them better. It can be helpful for onboarding new employees to lighten the pressure of a new job. This fun game can also be used to distract team members from stressful projects or situations.

How to play?

To play this fun game in office, ask all of the team members to sit or stand in a circle. Then get all of them all to stare at each other for as long as possible without smiling. The last person to refrain from smiling wins.

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4. Murder Mystery

The recommended number of players: Small groups of 3-5 team members.

Material required: Pen paper, post-it notes.

Time Limit: Approximately 45 minutes

Why it works?

A Murder Mystery Dinner is an interactive activity that will require everyone to get involved. It is the sort of team-building activity that everyone is bound to love. This party game is incredibly popular for not only being entertaining but also because the winning team has to have superior team collaboration and problem-solving skills.

How to play?

Follow the instructions on your chosen murder mystery scenario, passing out invitations, name tags, maps, and suspect files. Let the team loose in groups of 2-3 and see who figures out whodunnit first. Either way, your group will rally around the main goal─solving the mystery and finding the murderer.

5. Scavenger Hunt

The recommended number of players: Small groups of 3-5 team members.

Material required: Various “trophies”, pen paper, post-it notes.

Time Limit: Approximately 30 minutes

Why it works?

Scavenger hunts are one of the most effective fun games in office. to get people to interact and collaborate. But, there is still one of the most effective and fun. Smartphones and apps have made it possible to do scavenger hunts anywhere.
How to play

A corporate scavenger hunt is easy to set up and can range from a simple list of things you have around the office to elaborate items.

How to play?

Step 1: Create a list of items that groups must collect or tasks that they have to complete.
Step 2: For every task that a team completes they get the next clue for the next “trophy”.
Step 3: The team who manages to find the maximum number of trophies wins.

6. Heads Up

The recommended number of players: Small groups of 3-5 team members.

Material required: Smartphone or pen paper.

Time Limit: None

How to play?

In this fun game, one team member puts the phone on their forehead, the rest of the players can see the item written and give clues based on it. Then the player has to guess the word written from the given clues. From singers to animals, there are innumerable categories that make this an ideal team building activity.

7. All Adrift

The recommended number of players: Small groups of 3-6 team members.

Material required: Pen paper, post-it notes.

Time Limit: 30 minutes

Why it works?

A perfect team-building activity that allows team members individuals to flex their decision-making skills. All Adrift helps you see that as a team you’re more liable to make smarter decisions than on your own.

How to play

The traditional scenario given in All Adrift is that your boat catches on fire and you have to abandon it. You only have a few minutes to grab items. Some examples are first aid kit, rope, canned food, bottled water, etc.

Step 1: First, each team should write down the items that they would grab from 1-10 in the order of most necessary to survive.
Step 2: Then as a team, they have to decide and agree on which 10 are the top priorities and fill in the worksheet.
Step 3: Finally compare the list of every team with the scoring sheet (that is easily available online). The team with the highest points wins.

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8. Salt N Pepper

The recommended number of players: 10-15 team members.

Material required: Tape, pen paper for each team member, and

Time Limit: Approximately 20 minutes

Why it works?

Playing this fun game in office will boost communication and creativity among the team members. It will also encourage teamwork as communicating with the rest of the team is necessary.

How to play?

Step 1: Have a list of well-known pairs (think Mario and Luigi, salt and pepper, yin and yang, shadow and light, peanut butter and jelly, Mickey and Minnie) on hand.

Step 2: Separate the pairs and write only one of them per piece of paper. That is Mario on one paper, Luigi on another paper.

Step 3: Tape one paper on the back of each person, making sure the rest of the team can’t see it.

Step 4: When the game starts, every team member must walk around asking yes or no questions in order to find out what word they have taped to their backs.

Step 5: Once they figure that out, they’ll be able to find their other pair. The two will sit down and learn three to five interesting facts about one another.

9. The Barter Puzzle

The recommended number of players: Four or more small groups

Material required: Different jigsaw puzzles for each group

Time Limit: Approximately 45 minutes

Why it works?

Inspired by the popularity of jigsaw puzzles, this team-building game aims to utilize the problem-solving and leadership skills of the team members.

How to play

Step 1: Have everyone break off into small, equal-sized groups.

Step 2: Give respective teams a different jigsaw puzzle but with the same difficulty level. The goal is to see which team can finish their jigsaw puzzle the fastest.

Step 3: However, here’s the catch. Some jigsaw puzzle pieces of each team will be mixed with the jigsaw puzzles of the rest of the teams. It's up to each team to come up with a plan to get those pieces back. It may either be through negotiating, trading or through other methods. Whatever the decision might be, the whole team will have to reach a consensus about it.

10. Bingo

The recommended number of players: 10-15 team members.

Material required: Bingo cards for each team member, a random number generating app, pen.

Time Limit: Approximately 20 minutes

Why it works?

Promote team bonding.

How to play?

Here is full detailed explanation of how to play Bingo.

Finally

What is your favorite fun game in office to play with the rest of the team? Tell us in the comments below.

This article is written by Barasha Medhi is a content marketer at Vantage Circle. She is always on the lookout for interesting tidbits about the current HR and employee engagement space. For any related queries, contact editor@vantagecircle.com.

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