Games for better productivity

1. Try and build it

This is a great game that develops creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills. Divide employees into teams and give them equal amounts of a certain material, like pens, pencils, sticky notes, marshmallows, etc. Now come up with what they have to construct. Let’s say: which team can build the tallest and steadiest tower or which team can do it the fastest.

2. Minefield

Another classic team-building game that develops communication and trust is the minefield. This game is perfect for the office because you can use everything as an obstacle.

So arrange an obstacle course and divide employees into teams. Employees take turns walking the “minefield” while blindfolded, and their teammates have to guide them. To make the game more interesting and complicated, require employees to only use certain words or clues to make it challenging or content-area specific.

3. It’s a Mystery

Many people enjoy a good mystery, right? So why not create one that must be solved cooperatively? Give each employee a numbered clue. In order to solve the mystery — say, the case of the missing chocolate bar — employees must work together to solve the clues in order. The “case” might require them to move from one area of the room to the next, uncovering more clues.

This game is great to develop problem-solving skills and improve communication.

4. Ten Ways to Kill a New Idea

Never kill an idea ever again! All you need is a poster and a marker. Make a list of negative words and phrases that kill ideas and place them in the conference room. Anyone who uses the idea-killer word or phrase during the meeting must put a quarter in the “negative-jar”.

When there’s enough money in the jar, you can take the team lunch or anything else you decide on. Secondly, employees learn to offer ideas in a positive way.

5. Mission Statement

The purpose of this game is to create focus and group buy-in. Materials needed: pens, paper, and any team requests.

Each person finishes the sentence, “My vision of a team that works is …” The entire team now creates one statement or visual that represents the total of these vision statements.

The desired outcome of the game: the team finds the commonality of purpose and is more willing to cooperate.

6. Drop the ball

You will need two balls (golf or tennis ball will do the job), straws and tape.

Split into two groups. Each group receives 12 straws and 18 inches of masking tape. They have 10 minutes to build a “ball-catcher”, that will catch the ball from about ten feet. Each group selects a ‘ball dropper’ — that person stands on a chair, holds a ball at eye level. That group places its container on the floor under where it thinks the ball will land. Each group gets three attempts. The group that gets a ball to go in and stays in its container wins.

Not only this game is entertaining, but it also gives employees some physical exercise.

7. Airplane caper

Brighten up a tough day! Make a lot of paper airplanes, then form two teams on opposite sides of the room. Begin throwing the airplanes to the other side. The goal is not to let any airplane land on the floor.

You get physical activity and laughter at the same time!

8. Hit the Mark

Tired of sitting in a chair? Get up and shake that body! Here’s a game to relieve stress and demonstrate the power of team encouragement. All you need is a piece of paper, marker and tape.

Tape a piece of paper high up on the wall. Split into two teams. A player has to run across the office and jump as high as possible, placing a mark on the paper. The next player of the opponent team has to place the mark even higher. Employees are prohibited to use any kind of booster, like a chair or help from the team. Participants can only do it through encouragement. The game finishes when the team is convinced that they can not place the mark higher anymore.

9. Hula Hoop Fortune

Here’s an awesome way to stimulate creativity. Everybody should take a piece of paper and a pen. Now imagine that you have just inherited a warehouse full of hula hoops. You’ve got 30 seconds to write down what you would do with them and share the ideas when they complete.

Now, return to the real problem you’re trying to solve. This game breaks up the tension and blocked thinking, so it is supposed to help you solve the problem when you’re stuck.

10. Five truths and a lie

Split into teams. The speaker should prepare a certain number of statements (depending on how long they want to play the game) and read aloud five at a time. Four out those statements are true and one is false. The goal of the game is to find the false statement. The team that finds the false statement or finds it faster – wins.

Play this game to relieve stress, and develop the speed of thinking.

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