While most companies spend most of their energies and precious resources on keeping clients happy, they shouldn’t neglect one crucial factor to their business success, and that is their employees, their most important asset. To create an atmosphere of inclusiveness and promote a corporate culture that breeds on collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity, team building activities can be part of the strategy.
These exercises can be an effective motivational factor for increased productivity and can be a great way to break any communication barrier. These activities, however, don’t always require complex preparations and don’t always have to take place outside the office.
A 15-minute team activity can be done in the workplace before or after a meeting or whenever it feels like a good time for employees to bond and get all fired up for the remaining day’s stretch. Here are some fun games and team activities to try in the office:
Two Truth and a Lie
Activity 1: Two Truths and a Lie
When to do it: If there’s a new guy in the office or if you just want employees to get to know each other better, this activity can be a great ice breaker. This can be nice way to start conversations, encouraging better communication among co-workers.
Props to prepare: None. It’s that easy.
Finding the difference in the other team
Activity 2: Finding the difference in the other team
When to do it: This game is best played when there’s an apparent lack of energy in the team, if employees seems stressed out and drained. This is a great exercise to keep them energized and more focused, as this requires a great deal of concentration.
Props to prepare: None. Just your team’s participation.
Bridge of strength
Activity 3: A Bridge of Strength
When to do it: If you need to inspire teamwork and creativity and encourage your team to work together in solving a problem.
Props to prepare: This activity requires one cardboard box (about 15-in. square) with an open top, mini marshmallows, toothpicks, and paperclips.
Activity 4: Bonding Belt
When to do it: Bonding Belt can be played in the office to keep workers all fired up before or after the staff meeting. This game can easily spark conversations and inspire conversations.
Props to prepare: A large, clear space, a timer, and some rope or band (or any similar item)
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