Employee satisfaction has a massive effect on the quality of work which is produced. Being happy in the workplace makes all the difference and allows a team to work more harmoniously together. Taking time out of the day to help team members bond with fun office games for employees is an investment in both the company and the individual. Office games are a great way to have a break from the workload and allow people to exercise team-work, communication and to enjoy themselves. Team games are great to get everyone warmed up. First thing on a Monday morning is a great kick-start to the week and gives everyone time to chat and settle in. Friday is another perfect time for team games to get employees ready for the weekend. You could even schedule these before a meeting to act as a warm-up.
Best office games for employees
Fun office games for employees can be adapted to your circumstances. Different scenarios are better for age groups, workplaces and the size of an office. Experiment with different games and see what your employees like to do. Always ask for feedback. Is there a game which team members enjoy but could be improved in some way? Trial and error is the best way forward for success, so don’t be afraid to try new things. Ask for ideas from your staff. Is there something they’ve tried before which works in the office? Communication is key, and this is also something you want to harness in these games. As well as enjoyment, games can help employees build on new and existing skills such as critical thinking.
Indoor games for office staff
- Chopsticks game. This game has the potential to be quite tricky and requires focus to compete. Split your team into groups of maximum 3, and give everyone two bowls. Fill one evenly with small round sweets (M&M’s, Smarties or similar) and give everyone a pair of chopsticks. The aim of the game is to get all of the sweets from one bowl to the other, only using the chopsticks. Negotiation is needed to find a strategy to avoid getting in peoples way. Whoever is first to move all the sweets into the other bowl, wins.
- Scavenger hunt. This is a classic game which can be played on different levels. This can be a five-minute exercise before a meeting or an hour-long Friday afternoon activity. Hide things around the office, or even the car park if the weather permits, and ask team members to decipher clues. If you’re feeling creative, relate your clues to the industry you work in. Ask employees to do this alone for critical thinking, or to join up to practise communication and team-building.
- Trivia. Everyone loves to play a pub quiz and a game of trivia gets participants thinking. Simply prepare a range of questions such as general knowledge, riddles and music for your audience. Ask everyone to bring a note pad and pen and see who can get the most correct answers. Once the game is complete, ask everyone to swap papers and mark each other. Mix things up and ask for employees to take turns coming up with their own questions so everyone gets a chance to be quiz master.
- Tower game. Split employees into teams and supply them with a range of materials of your choice. Ensure each team has the same supplies. Ask each team to build the best tower they can without it falling over. Stress test each tower and give prizes on both the strongest and the tallest.
Fun office games to boost morale
- Troubleshooting. This game works better in larger groups where employees span across different departments. Ask everyone to write down an issue they are facing within the workplace and put it in a hat. Take out each one and have everyone brainstorm together to find a solution. Ask employees to be more generic (e.g no names) when writing their issue so the problem remains anonymous. Taking time to address workplace issues is extremely important for happiness and morale.
- Presentations. This is one of our favourite fun office games for employees. Ask each employee to prepare a PowerPoint presentation on something of their choice. This could be about a favourite TV show, a hobby, a favourite food, usually the more humorous the better. Ask employees to get really creative with presentations and encourage them to think outside the box. Once the presentations are complete, ask each member to share with the group. They can include quiz questions, videos, music, pictures and games within the presentation. This is a great activity to end the day on a high on a Friday and allows team members to get to know each other a bit more. Better team harmony in the workplace is essential to boost morale.
- Get active. Healthy employees are happy employees, so think about ways you can incorporate being active into the workday. Realistically, no one wants to run 6 miles on their lunch break, but lunchtime yoga can set the afternoon off right. Utilise a spare office or even the car park on a nice day. Speak to your team and see what sort of activities they’d like to get involved in.
Team building in Milton Keynes
If you want to get your company out of the office for a day and try your hand at some team-building activities, Kents Hill Park has got all the facilities you need for a fantastic day. Our School Sports day Package challenges your team with a variety of classic races from bean bag balance, Hula Hoop and Egg & Spoon races. We will provide everything you need so just bring a willing team. Our Street Dance Battle activity gives you the chance to work with a professional dance teacher who will work with your ideas to create an amazing routine. We will then hold a talent-show style competition to see who has created the best dance. If you fancy something more classic, we can host Badmington, Short Tennis and Dodgeball matches in our courts with prizes for the winners. Team building is really beneficial and a chance for your employees to work on communication and problem solving, so give us a call today to book your team building event.