Don’t bore your coworkers with egg & spoon races and hot dog eating contests. Today, there are many fun and exciting ways to bond with your coworkers that will actually engage them rather than elicit disgruntled sighs. Try some of these team building activities for work to build communication channels and make friends at the office!
What you’ll need: 1 key, 5-10 puzzles or clues, depending on how much time you want to spend on the game.
How you play: Lock the team in the conference room or other available office space with the puzzles and clues. Set a timer and see if they can solve the puzzles in time to find the hidden key before time runs out! This one is good for creative problem solving and collaboration.
Battle of the Airbands
What you’ll need: speakers, smartphone, costumes and props.
How you play: This one is planned a few days in advance. Form your department into teams of three or four, and ask them to form an imaginary band. They each choose a song that they will sip sync to with their own costumes and props. They can have a couple of days to rehearse. Everyone gets to vote on who put on the best performance, but nobody gets to vote for their own team. This one is good for team bonding.
What you’ll need: blank paper, markers or pens, drawings of shapes or simple images.
How you play: Put team members into pairs. Have each pair sit back-to-back on the floor. One person holds the drawing or image, and the other has the blank paper and markers or pens. The person that holds the image describes it to their partner without directly telling them what it is, and their partner must try to recreate the drawing from the description. After a set amount of time, have each team compare their images to see who drew the most accurate replica. This game is good for building communication skills.
What you’ll need: 20-25 trivia questions about your office.
How you play: Test your team’s observation skills with specific questions about your office. “What brand are the telephones?” “How many departments do we have in total?” “What color is the kitchen ceiling?” The possibilities are endless! This trivia is perfect for team bonding.
Salt & Pepper
What you’ll need: tape, small pieces of paper, a list of well-known pairs (think peanut butter & jelly, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, salt & pepper, etc.)
How you play: Write one half of each pair on each sheet of paper (salt on one half, pepper on the other,) then tape all the pieces to people’s backs. Have everyone mingle and try to figure out who or what they are without asking. Once they figure it out, they must try and find their matching pair. Together, they must sit down and find three things they have in common. This one is good for communication skills.
A team that works well together is not only happier but also more productive. Try some of these team building exercises with your office to upgrade your work environment.
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