Team building is essential for uniting employees and introducing team-building exercises are a great way of improving communication, morale, motivation, productivity and job satisfaction.
These fun team-building games can be used by any business, big or small, to promote better teamwork in the workplace.
1. Game Of Possibilities
Time: 5 – 6 minutes
Number of participants: One or multiple small groups
Tools needed: Random objects
Rules: Give an object to one person in each group. One at a time, someone has to go up in front of the group and demonstrate a use for that object, without speaking. The rest of the team must guess what the player is demonstrating.
Objective: Encourage creativity and individual innovation.
Time: 5 – 6 minutes
Number of participants: Two or more people
Tools needed: None
Rules: Person A shares something negative with person B – the subject can be personal or work-related. Person A then discusses the same experience again, but this time focusing only on the positive aspects. Person B helps explore the positive side of this situation.
Objective: Discover how to reframe negative experiences into learning experiences together.
3. Scavenger Hunt
Time: 60 minutes
Number of participants: two or more small groups
Tools needed: Pen and paper
Rules: Teams of two or more employees are given a list of tasks to complete within the 60-minute timeframe. Tasks can include:
Drawing a one-minute portrait of a member of your team
Preparing quick and easy meal from a list of ingredients in the office kitchen
A team member that speaks another language teaching the rest of the team a song in that language
Objective: Strengthen employees’ problem-solving and relationship-building skills.
4. The Mine Field
Time: 15 – 30 minutes
Number of participants: 4 – 10 people
Tools needed: Various handheld objects and several blindfolds
Rules: In an open space, place objects like cones, balls, bottles sporadically around. Have everyone pair-up and make one person from each pair put on the blindfold. The other person must lead their teammate from one side of the space to the other without stepping on the objects. The blindfolded person cannot speak.
Objective: Build trust and communication among employees.
5. This Is Better Than That
Time: 15 – 20 minutes
Number of participants: No limit
Tools needed: Four or more objects
Rules: Pick for or more objects that are different ( or the same objects that look different). Split all your participants into even teams. Describe a scenario where each team has to solve a problem using only those objects. This can by anything from ‘you’re stranded on a desert island’ to ‘you’re saving the world from King Kong’. Have each team rank the objects based on their usefulness in that specific scenario, along with their reasoning.