The 10 (Ten) Fun Office Games to Keep Your Team Connected

Sometimes it's the simplest games that have the most amazing results.

July 6, 2022
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Companies spend lots of money on off-site corporate events, like week-long team building or bonding retreats. And while these activities can be helpful in many ways, a cost-effective way to draw a team together is through office games.

Sometimes it's the simplest games that have the most amazing results. While office games are often seen as counter-productive, that's not the case. Offices can sometimes beteeming with competition and natural tension. So, a mix of fun, collaboration and creativity can help you build stronger bonds with your colleagues -  the kind of bonds that make great teams.

This article will explore fun office games to improve collaboration and team spirit.

How do I make the office fun for employees?

First, ensure that it's an environment that people enjoy. You can do this by providing adequate lighting and plenty of space for people to move around. Fresh flowers or plants around the office also make it feel less like a sterile workplace and more homely. 

Second, consider creating a volunteer program where employees can work together on projects for charity organizations or causes they're passionate about. These activities will allow employees an opportunity to bond over shared interests while also helping out others at the same time.

Third, create opportunities for employees to meet outside of meetings, such as having a game room or a lounge area with fun things they can do during their breaks or lunch hours. There can also be designated days for fun office games. 

These will help them bond as a team and create stronger connections with each other outside of work hours as well. 

How do office games help with morale and engagement?

Office games help with morale and engagement because they allow employees to bond, have fun, and get to know each other. When your team works in an office together, there's not a lot of opportunity for casual interaction. 

The workday is full of emails, meetings, and conference calls—and not much else. But when you add a little friendly competition into the mix, it can help keep things fresh and exciting at work. That's why we think office games are so important!

They help foster teamwork and camaraderie by getting employees out of their comfort zones and encouraging them to interact with each other in new ways. They can even serve as icebreakers that build meaningful relationships.

When you play an office game with your coworkers, you need to think creatively about how to win, making it easier for everyone involved to see their colleagues' strengths and weaknesses. 

It also builds trust between teammates by showing them how they can rely on each other when necessary.  

And finally, office games are just plain fun! They provide opportunities for laughter and playfulness that might not exist otherwise in such an environment as an office space where people spend most of the time working.

Ready to keep your team connected? Here are ten office games to get you started:

10 fun office games that help boost employee engagement

1. Escape Room

The concept behind escape games is simple: Team members are locked in a room and have to figure out how to get out. They’ll have clues and prompts and have to rely on each other. 

It's a great way to develop problem-solving skills and build trust among team members.

2. Taboo

Taboo is another classic game requiring participants to get their teammates to guess words by describing them without using certain words or phrases on a list provided by the leader (or moderator). 

This game is great for building teamwork skills because it makes players think on their feet and communicate clearly with one another. 

If you're trying to come up with new ideas for ways to connect with your co-workers, this game is for you.

3. Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt usually involves an objective like finding specific items or solving puzzles, then taking pictures of those items or solving puzzles while completing the goal. 

The aim is to prove that you completed it correctly before moving on to the next clue/item/puzzle. This continues until the end goal is reached or time runs out! 

This is a fun team-building activity because it gets everyone involved differently: some may solve puzzles while others work on collecting items; some may draw pictures while others take photos.

4. Celebrity Guess Who?

This is another game you might have played with your friends as a kid, but it works equally well in the office setting. 

You'll need some photos of famous people for this one, but you can find them online if you don't want to print them. Each person gets a picture of their celebrity and has five seconds to describe them to their partner without saying the name. And the partner will try to guess. 

If nobody guesses correctly by the end of five minutes, the next round begins with new celebrities until somebody gets one right!

5. Pictionary

Another classic game for groups of any size is Pictionary. It is a fun way to connect with your colleagues more personally than you might otherwise get to know them. 

The goal is to draw pictures that match words on cards, but it's not as easy as it sounds! 

Teams work together to create funny drawings representing each word on their cards. Then they show the other groups the artwork to try and guess what they’re trying to depict. 

This game will help your team bond over funny moments while strengthening communication skills that will enable them to work better together.

6. The Egg Drop

It's one of the most popular games in the world, and it's easy to see why. The rules are simple: Teams must build a device that can protect an egg from breaking when dropped from a height of 3 feet.

It’s even more fun when teams add some inventive twists. 

For example, teams can have materials to use or not use. There can also be rules that make it more challenging, like "use only one piece of tape" or "no glue allowed."

This is an excellent game for colleagues because it requires teamwork, brainstorming and creative thinking. As they work on designs, they will learn more about each other’s strengths and weaknesses, leading to stronger working relationships within the group.

7. Charades

Charades is a fun and easy game that anyone can play and enjoy. 

The goal of the game is to guess what other team members are trying to convey through gestures or facial expressions. 

It's a good icebreaker for new teams who need to get acquainted and can be played anywhere.

8. Broken Telephone

Participants gather together in a circle or a line, and the starting player whispers a phrase or short sentence to the next person to their left. The 'whispering' continues with each person telling the next person what they heard. And it continues until the message has gone the whole length of the 'telephone line'.

The last participant then announces what they believe the previous person told them. And the inaccuracy of the phrase is traced back. The person who distorted the phrase leaves the game while the rest of the team continues till there are 2 participants left.

Broken Telephone encourages accurate communication and requires focus. It can go from intense to funny in minutes and is a great way to have fun while sharpening listening skills.

9. Drawing in the Dark

Drawing in the dark is a variation of the Pictionary game. This game is a great way to build trust among the teammates.

Divide team members into several groups of 2's. Each group of partners then sit back to back while drawing what their partner is telling them.

One person has an (unknown) object. The other is given a notepad and a pencil.

The person with the object then starts to describe the item without saying what it is. While the person with a notepad draws the object based solely on the partner's description.

Eventually, they'll review the outcome, and the duo with the most accurate drawing gets a score.

10. Trivia Night

To begin, decide what kind of questions employees may be interested in or familiar with. Making it themed can suffice as holiday/Christmas games or just team-building games for the office.

You can divide office members into teams, with each team having the opportunity to answer a question correctly.

Several rounds can serve as the elimination rounds until two teams are left. Then, there's a finale to pick the winner. The last team standing can call eliminated people for help to make it more fun.

11. Bonus - Contests

When out of ideas, you can’t go wrong with contests. They can be as simple as having a best-dressed contest day or a more thought-out event like a Halloween outfit contest. 

You can use the Halloween Costume Contest Flow to source the best pictures from your team and find a winner.  

Another fun contest to spice up the Christmas season at work is the ugly sweater contest. And the Ugly Sweater Contest Flow can help determine the ugliest sweaters for the team!

Conclusion

Office games are a great way to bring team members together to have fun at work. But not all games are created equal.  Some games will help you build trust, improve communication and strengthen relationships, while others may make you feel like you’re back in high school. So, while this list isn’t extensive of office party games, it’s a great place to start if you’re looking to shake things up at your office. 

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