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Team Building Activities to Develop Positivity at Workplace

March 11, 2019
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You would find it hard to believe that you can even have fun at work. You must be tired of the daily office schedule. The same work. Always around the same people. It is quite normal to be bored with the daily office activities. Does your team come across some team building games that will not only bring your team together to create new ideas but also save them from the same boredom? It will develop communication amongst your team and also create some great memories.

Moreover, how do you motivate the newcomers to gel up with your team? How about conducting small activities. The newcomers can become more engaged with the team through quick team building activities. These activities will be fun as well as educational. But what are the activities in your mind right now? I hope you have some incredibly amazing activities that are enjoyable and will be able to include everyone to raise their spirits. But is that enough?

Before you start investing your time in organizing activities for your team to fuse fun and work, there are some nitty-gritty details that you should probably know. In this post, we’ll take this discussion about team building and team building activities forward so that you can create the right kind of experience for the people that are key to your business.

Let’s get started, folks!

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What Is The Goal Of Team Building?

The core idea behind team building is to empower individuals to contribute to common goals. The very success of an organization depends on the ability of its employees to work as a team, understand each other’s strengths as well as weaknesses, take interest in each other’s interest, and deliver the quality work that is desired, together.

Below, you’ll find the range of benefits that an organization or a company can reap when it builds a team with strong purpose and objective.

  • Improved productivity levels
  • Increased morale and motivation across teams
  • Improved workplace collaboration
  • Encouraged creativity among individuals
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Higher job satisfaction among employees
  • Improved quality of work

And much more.

Do Team Building Activities Work – Really?

Statistically or scientifically, there have been plenty of evidence to prove that team building activities have positive effects in the workplace. They specifically work well for teams who are looking for ways to bring improvement in the way they work with each other.

The benefits of team building games and activities not only affect the way teams work but it also reflects improvement in everyone’s overall personality. What’s interesting here is that there are team building exercises out there for everyone. That means if you don’t like one, there are dozens of other ideas that will definitely match your interest.

A key reason why such simple games and activities bring strong changes into a workplace is that they have the ability to help people come out of their comfort zones. They provide a means and platform for team members to break the ice in an intimidating manner and take their teamwork to a whole new level.

So the next time you’re looking for ways to make things less awkward and more productive between teams, keep team building activities and games at the top of your “ideas” list.

What Are The Best Team Building Activities?

Now that you know what team building stands for and how organizing some easy team building games can be a great help in the long run, it’s time to see what’s popular. The upcoming list gives you a quick peek into some of the most popular workplace games and activities of all times. Do you want to add a fun element into your daily work routine? Here are a few interesting things you can try.

15 Games and Exercises Your Team Will Actually Enjoy

Activity 1: Blind drawingblind drawing

Time: 3-4 minutes

Number of Participants: 2 players at a time

Tools Needed: Pen and paper / Marker and whiteboard

Running the Activity: Blind drawing requires 2 players to sit back to back. One player is given a picture of an object or word. The person doesn’t know what it is and he has to describe the image using words that will help in identifying the object. The other person draws the object on the basis of the given verbal description and their own guesswork.

Objective: Blind drawing helps you to evaluate how two members can effectively communicate, imagine, and innovate.

Activity 2: Scavenger huntScavenger hunt

Time: 2 to 3 hours

Tools Needed: None

Running the Activity: Whenever possible, take your team for a Scavenger Hunt at the nearest place like museum, zoo or theme parks. Give each team a set of clues that will lead them to the final prize. This game will help you lighten everyone’s mood and make better use of the available time. It will help the participants to know each other and have a lot of fun together!

Objective: Scavenger Hunt helps you to evaluate your team’s problem solving and decision-making skills.

Activity 3: A truth and a lieA truth and a lie

Time: 0.5 to 1 hour

Number of participants: Any number

Tools Needed:
Pen and paper to each participant

Running the Activity: Participants will have to introduce themselves and write three statements – two truths and one lie. After all, participants have finished writing their statements, the statements will be read in a random order. After each statement, each participant will be asked whether the statement is a truth or a lie. The one that makes the right guess gets the point. In the end, the participant with the highest score wins.

Objective: Two truth and a lie is an icebreaker game that allows coworkers to get to know each other through fun interactions.

Activity 4: Office Makeover

Office Makeover

Time:
Depends on each person

Number of participants:
All

Tools needed: A lot of creative objects

Running the Activity: Allow participants to work in teams for the office makeover. People often get bored with the things around them in the office, so how about giving them the opportunity to give their workplace a quick creative makeover themselves. Ask each team to create a list of creative objects for their work and don’t ask them to go for a big budget. Keep your office makeover pocket-friendly. Include small objects like indoor plants, wall art, personal photographs, or anything that’s creative and brings positivity.

Objective: Office Makeover is all about creativity and teamwork. Through this activity – the team will become stronger, the work environment will be better suited, and there will be a positive aura around the office.

Activity 5: Team birthday line up

Team birthday line up

Time: 10 – 15 minutes

Number of participants: 8 to 10 in a team

Tools needed: None

Running the Activity: The participants will be asked to fall in line side by side and arrange themselves in the order of their birthdays considering only the month and the date. Now, here’s the twist – the team members are not allowed to talk to each other. That means they will have to use the sign language to determine each other’s birthday. To make this activity a bit more fun, you can give teams a cozy platform. And if anyone falls, the team will have to start the whole process again.

Objective: This activity will help in problem solving, communication and cooperation in the workplace.

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Activity 6: Mannequin challenge. Freeze it!

Mannequin challenge. Freeze it!

Time: Depends on each team

Number of participants: 6 – 7 members in each team

Tools needed: Creative props and cameras/smartphones

Running the Activity:

Mannequin challenge is one of the most popular online trends and it fits well into this list because it allows you to involve everyone and be creative. So what you have to do is divide everyone into groups of 6-7 participants. After that, ask each team to make a Mannequin styled video in a storytelling way and post it on your company’s social media with #Mannequinchallenge or #Freezeit. To make this activity successful, you will have to set some rules like the duration of the video, the kind of props that can be used for the, who does what, what background music to pick, and so on.

Objective: Communication, creativity, and teamwork are the three objectives of this game.

Activity 7: Penny for your thoughts
Penny for your thoughts

Time: 30 minutes

Number of Participants: All

Tools needed: Coins and a jar

Running the Activity:

You have to collect coins with the listed year that should not be dated older than the youngest team member and collect it in a jar. Then, each participant has to pick a coin and share something memorable that happened to them based on the listed year.

Objective: This will help to have an insight into each other lives and team members can open up. To help teams feel comfortable with each other, penny for thoughts is an ice breaker game.

Activity 8: Social activities

Social activities

Time: Depends on your choice

Number of Participants: All

Tools needed: None

Running the Activity:

Break the office routine with some unusual social activity that will require the involvement of every employee. Consider ideas like playing board games, conducting a talent show or setting an alternative dress day.

Objective: This activity allows people to get more involved with each other and arouse their interest to come to the office every day.

Activity 9: What’s my name?What’s my name?

Time: 25 – 30 minutes

Number of participants: Team of 6-7 members

Tools needed: Labels or name tags

Running the Activity:

Put funny labels or name tags (like a doctor, athlete, nerd, homeless etc) on each participant’s back. The participants will see each other’s tags and for a certain amount of time ask questions to each other according to the tags. Each participant has to figure out what the label is on them on the basis of the questions that other participants are asking them. The one who figures out exits and the one that remains still the end loses the game.

Objective: The team will develop a sense of how to treat each other’s job role and will learn how they see each other.

Activity 10: Balloon questions
Balloon questions

Time: 1 hour

Number of participants: All

Tools needed: Balloons, paper, pens, and pencils

Running the Activity:

Each participant will be given a balloon and a paper strip. They would write a question on the slip, place it in their balloon, blow it and tie it up. Everyone will do the same and hit their balloons into the air. After a few seconds, everyone will grab one balloon and sit in a circle. In their respective balloons, there would be a question. Each participant will have to pop the balloon and answer the question that is written on their slip.

Objective: Balloon questions allows teams to learn more about other each other in a fun and interactive way.

Activity 11: Sneak A Peek Game

Sneak A Peek Game

Time: 25 minutes

Number of participants: Team of 4 or more members

Tools needed: Lego’s, Popsicle sticks, or something similar

Running the Activity:

Give each team some building supplies so that they can start duplicating what you’ve already created. Be sure to keep the original sculpture in a place that is at an equal distance from all the teams. Ask each team to send a team member to look at the original sculpture at the same time and they return back to their respective teams to describe it to their team in 25 seconds. After 25 seconds, as each team to send another member of their group to “sneak a peek”. Continue this pattern until one of the teams successfully duplicates the original sculpture.

Objective: The key objective of this game is to help teams learn to solve problems together.

Activity 12: The Great Egg Drop

The Great Egg Drop

Time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Number of participants: Team of 4 or more members

Tools needed: Assorted office supplies

Running the Activity:

Give each team an uncooked egg and put all the office supplies in a pile. Give everyone 15-30 minutes to use the given supplies and build a contraption around the egg that will keep the egg from dropping or breaking. Need ideas for supplies? Consider supplies like tape, pencils, straws, plastic utensils, packing material, newspapers, rubber bands, etc. when the time is up, ask the teams to drop their egg contraption off the building and see which egg survives.

Objective: The game focuses on highlighting the importance of team and teamwork.

Activity 13: Photo Finish

Photo Finish

Time: 20 minutes

Number of participants: 4- 20 participants

Tools needed: Assorted office supplies

Running the Activity:  

Create a finish line using chalk, masking tape or rope. Ask all the participants to reach the finish line at the same time for the photo finish moment. To make this game successful, the participants will have to coordinate with each other. For added difficulty level, you can ask the participants to walk or run across the finish line in photo finish style.

Objective: Photo finish is an amazing game for boosting communication and coordination in teams.

Activity 14: The Perfect Square

The Perfect Square

Time: 30 minutes

Number of participants: 5-20 participants

Tools needed: Rope and blindfold

Running the Activity:

Have all the participants stand in a circle holding a piece of the rope. After that, instruct them to put on the blindfold and set the rope on the floor. Have everyone take a walk away from the circle, come back and try to form a square with the rope without removing their blindfolds. If you want to raise the difficulty level of the game, instruct all the participants to stay silent throughout the game.

Objective: The game focuses on strong communication and leadership skills. It builds trust across the team and shows how team members can guide each other to succeed.

Activity 15: Create your own team building activity

Create your own team building activity

Time: Depends on your choice (try to keep it short)

Number of participants: Depends on your choice (try to include everyone)

Tools needed: Depends on your choice (include creative objects that are easily available)

Running the Activity:

Creating a game is one thing and hosting it is a different one. Be sure that you do the two things perfectly and give your teams a fun and learning experience.

Objective: Create a game that teaches your employees all the aspects that are necessary for their success – trust, unity, communication, problem-solving, and more.

Over to You

Remember what Eileen Caddy once said – “Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.”.

The games and exercises we’ve listed in this post are not only good for team building but they also help you ensure a healthy, productive working environment. This is an environment where teams are more than work machines and employees are more than a business investment for the employer.

These activities are not only good for building a healthy workforce but also create a good working environment. Which activity would you play with your team?

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