5 Simple & Fun Office Based Team Building Activities

03 March  |  Listicles

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Team building activities are exercises that help improve office morale and add a dose of fun to every workday. They are a fun way to keep employees motivated. A company’s most valued assets are its employees and making sure they are in the optimum frame of mind whenever they walk into their cubicles is of paramount importance. Team building activities help improve communication, develop problem solving skills and provide fertile ground for creativity. Read on for some team building activity ideas that add a zing to your work life and can be conducted in the office itself.

  1. 2 Truths 1 Lie

A simple game that helps co-workers get to know each other better, 2 Truths 1 Lie is an interactive game that requires 20 to 30 minutes. Get every team member to list down 2 truths and 1 believable lie and then allow a few minutes of open conversation. Each member reveals the three statements without mentioning which one the lie is and the group votes or guesses on which one the lie is. This short game offers everyone a small glimpse into each other’s personalities and is a perfect ice breaker.

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  1. Picture Pieces

Picture Pieces is a problem solving puzzle game that required around 30 minutes. The game facilitator or leader chooses a popular picture ideally with a message relevant to the team and cuts it into smaller pieces which are handed to the groups formed from the team members. The groups holding each individual piece are instructed to create a duplicate that is 5 times larger. After that is done, the enlarged piece is placed on a table to complete a giant version of the original picture. The aim of the game is to involve groups in an activity and then demonstrate how their efforts find a place in the larger picture. This activity encourages inter departmental co-operation.

  1. Blind Drawing

Blind Drawing is game that focuses on the importance of language and communication and is great for smaller teams. Divide the team into groups of 2 and have each person sit with his or her back facing the other group member’s back. One member has a picture and the other must replicate it. Direct descriptions of the picture are not allowed, and the person with the picture has to try and communicate indirectly what the picture is about. This activity teaches group members how important communication is, as the same fact can be translated in several ways. Comparing the original picture with the blind drawing often leads to a lot of laughs too!

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  1. What’s on your Desk?

What’s on your Desk is a game where participants can use their imagination, and is perfect for marketing and design roles. Ask each member to bring an object from their desk and present it as a new product with a logo, name, slogan and marketing plan, all this in a set amount of time. When groups instead of individuals are made to pitch the ‘product’ this activity becomes an exercise in teamwork and brainstorming too. Ideal for medium sized teams, this activity should not take more than half an hour.

  1. Office Makeover

An activity that brings out creativity and can also provide a long lasting visual reminder, a simple office makeover helps members get to know each other and create a unique space that is a collective signature of the team. An activity that involves interaction, teamwork and creativity, a mini makeover can be done with a minimal budget, a few plants, bric-a-brac and posters and a bit of rearranging of furniture. The activity is a short one and can be accomplished in 30 to 60 minutes.

Infuse energy in a mundane workday with a short yet fun activity every day, and you are sure to see a corresponding improvement in efficiency and productivity in your team’s performance. Quick innovative and engaging, these events offer more than entertainment.

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