Creating a strong team dynamic is one of the most important aspects of departmental cohesion in the workplace. One of the major reasons why employees are unable to produce optimal results is the fact that they do not see themselves as a single piece of a larger puzzle. Instead, they view themselves as individuals and work within that mindset, which is detrimental to the overall performance of the team.
You can improve staff morale and attitudes towards teamwork through team building games. It may be strange to for you to see games being offered as a suggestion to improve the workflow in a company, however, the medium has created stronger teams in the past. This is because not only do office games promote communication, but they also create a sense of fun. Comradery is built through shared positive and negative experiences and bringing people together for some friendly fun and competition is great for contributing to this. Below are two of the games you can try playing in the office to foster team building.
The point of strings is to foster both communication and friendly competition. The aim of the game is for employees to challenge each other in fun ways with the aim of winning a prize.
The rules of the game are simple, and it can be either within the office during a work day or on staff outings. It is advisable to get an idea of how many persons are interested in playing as a small purchase is necessary and you may not want to overspend. Divide the number of persons willing to play by three. Round up to the nearest number divisible by three. So, if 20 persons are willing to play for example, dividing that by three gives 6.66, which can be rounded up to seven. Now, you need to purchase or otherwise obtain seven strings in three colors. For example, you need seven blue strings, seven white strings, and seven red strings. Ensure to also purchase a small prize for the winner.
Give each player one string covertly so none of the other employees see. In this example, one string ends up being left over but that is no problem. Players should not reveal their string color to anyone.
Employees must now challenge each other in view of a witness. The challenges can be anything they choose such as a push up contest or a soda drinking speed contest. Once the challenge is accepted and completed. The loser must turn over his/her string to the winner. If a player has multiple strings, he/she can choose which to turn over. The first player to gain all three colors is the winner.
This is a fun game for bonding, which can also be played in or out of office. Gather the names of interested employees. Each employee needs to be covertly assigned a task to “kill” or eliminate another employee from the game such as “get John to take part in a photo.” Upon eliminating someone, the eliminated player must pass on his/her task to the player who has done the elimination so the game can continue. So, if Jane eliminates Jason and Jason was supposed to eliminate Steven, Jason must covertly pass on the task details necessary to eliminate Steven from the game. Jane is now responsible for eliminating Steven. The game ends when there is one player left standing.
Both these games are great for creating a fun atmosphere for employees to bond through a shared fun experience, which can lead to better communication. The best part about these two games is that they don’t technically need to be finished in a single day.