Here’s your excuse to buy that rotating triple barrel precision shot Nerf blaster you’ve been eyeing in the toy section. Play, such as firing foam darts, is a valuable office team building activity that can actually increase productivity by providing employee fun. And yes, I’m serious about this. I never joke about fun.
The Power of Play
As children we are encouraged to play to strengthen our creativity, build problem solving skills and improve communication. Once we grow up however, we’re expected to stop playing and focus on “work”. Work tends to involve using creativity and communication to solve problems, so why does play suddenly become unimportant once our ages pass the range listed on toy packaging? Scientists like Stuart Brown have been studying the correlation between play and success at the National Institute for Play. Psychologists have begun encouraging adults to harness the power of play so that we can continue to reap the benefits of it.
Office Team Building Nerf Battle: A How-To
Meanwhile, foam violence has been sweeping across the offices of America with widespread popularity. Online retailers like ThinkGeek have even developed sections of their websites for the sport of Office Warfare. Rather than stage a potential HR headache-causing battle between staff, we love Dude Perfect’s use of a challenge course and competitive play in this YouTube example-
While Dude Perfect’s intensive setup is awesome, don’t feel you need such a big production for some great office team building.
- Try scrawling target designs on Post Its and stick them around the office.
- Once someone hits a target, they collect it as a trophy.
- At the end of the event you can tally up the scores by counting the collected Post Its.
For an ongoing team building game, stick targets up unannounced. Staff can race to be the first to notice and shoot the new target.