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Build Employee Engagement With These 5 Office Games

Of course we at FireFly love playing games.  We take every opportunity to play-test new challenges we offer on events.  Games are more than fun, they are a valuable engagement tool.  According to a Linkedin study, 46% of workplace professionals report that having a good friend at work is important to their overall happiness.  Now, we’re not saying all your coworkers need to be BFFs, but engaging in friendly activities like office games can actually increase creativity and retention.  When choosing a game to introduce to your office consider staff personalities, afforded time, and resources so that you can pick something best suited to your office.  Here’s five ideas to get you started.

1. Office Games DIY: Mad Libs

Feel free to keep things simple with this idea.  In a common area have staff list random verbs, nouns and adjectives that you feed into an office Mad Lib.  At the end of the day or week, type it up and display it in the break room.  Staff will get a chuckle and will want to offer different suggestions the next time.  These are great entry level office games for employees who may not want to commit to something more involved. 

2.  You Think You Know Me conversation cards

We backed this conversational card game on Kickstarter because we loved how it gave players the chance to strengthen connections beyond what’s on their Twitter feed while still being fun and playful. Players draw a card with a prompt like “I know you wish you could write an episode of:____”.  They pick another player to read it to and guess how that person would answer for themselves.  The questions are meant to lead to conversations and a stronger awareness of those around us.  Consider playing a round or two during your weekly team meetings.  

3. Office D&D campaign

Not for the faint of heart, but perfect for small offices that aren’t afraid to geek out.  Dungeons and Dragons is a great game for coworkers to play. It requires cooperation, planning, creative problem solving and conflict resolution.  If you haven’t played or seen it on Stranger Things, Dungeons and Dragons involves a storyteller called a Dungeon Master. The storyteller describes situations the players, portraying a group of heroes, find themselves in.  Players choose how to respond to each situation. In fact, they employ strategy and roll dice to determine how successful their plan is.  If you don’t have the confidence or know-how to act as Dungeon Master, you can hire an experienced game master to run a singular adventure or ongoing storyline for your office game.  

4. Forbidden Desert (and other collaborative board games)

Collaborative board games are having a huge rise in popularity recently.  In these games players work together to accomplish a goal and beat the game.  My favorite of these is Forbidden Desert.  In this game players are each given a role that allows them one special ability.  This causes each player to be essential for their unique talent. Most of all, we think this is a nice allegory for the work place.

5. Sneaky Cards

Finally in what may be my favorite holiday stocking stuffer game ever, Sneaky Cards consist of a series of challenges meant to be stealthily completed.  The challenges are evergreen so when one is completed the card is handed to the target who can then attempt it.  This makes it great to play at the office because it doesn’t require everyone to focus on it at the same time.  In fact, the game works better when left to the periphery of memory so that players can be more sneaky!  

Whatever games work best for your team we hope you take the time and allow yourselves to have fun with them.  We spend too much time at work to be bored!

office team building nerf battle

Office Team Building Idea: Stage a Nerf Battle!

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.

For help getting your play on at your office, sales meeting or conference give us a call at 877.267.1939 or email james@fireflyteamevents.com.