Over the years, we have observed the shift of business organizations from competitive workplaces to collaborative and cooperative environments. And this change requires organizations to undertake team-building games – such as short, competitive or problem-solving activities etc. – as a general part of their business operation.
Team-building games have a significant objective:
To develop or enhance the knowledge and skills of your employees.
Here is a variety of games your employees will enjoy and why they work.
Break your team down into six, or ten groups of four, or maybe five, give everyone a box containing toothpicks, a bag of marshmallows, and a few magnets. Now ask every team to construct a suspension bridge, probably over a few tables, or even chairs, in a limited time-span, such as within 20 minutes.
You may even reward the group constructing the best bridge. However, do not forget to actively participate in the game in order to boost the confidence of your employees.
- Identification of individuals as ‘command’ or ‘positivity’ (able to make decisions and take control) or ‘strategic’ (able to recognize patterns and plan accordingly) etc.
- Identification of individuals with the qualities or skills of a leader, or a manager, such as a team-member who is very empathetic, or ensures that everyone is on board etc.
- Development of leadership skills, strategic skills, communication skills, decision-making skills, planning etc.
- Development of trust, or a better psychological safety.
Plan a team-building game that needs space, something that is competitive, yet fun such as ‘‘room escapes’’.
The objective behind the game is that you are required to lock your team in a room, or any other suitable location. Now, your team has a limited time to escape the locked location, such as a couple of hours. Put a few hints, a few tools, and let your team work everything out.
You may even divide your team in a few groups of 5, or 7, in order to increase cooperation, or communication.
Additionally, your team is only racing against time, or a clock, so there is no bitterness among the members.
- Development of critical thinking, communication skills, productivity skills and a spirit of team work.
- Enhanced ability to handle pressure and stress situations.
- A better mental resilience.
- Increased creativity and positive reinforcement.
Laser tag, a recreational team-building game, involves a lot of moving, or even running, in order to avoid being tagged with laser, or being shot, or trying to eliminate a rival.
Not only will this activity make your employees happy, or excited, but will improve their overall well-being and mood, boost their self-esteem, and will enable them to focus better inside the workplace.
- Development of quick problem-solving skills;
- Improved communication skills;
- Ability to function under pressure;
- Building of mutual trust.
By achieving tasks in various team-building games, not just an individual, but the morale, or the spirit of the whole team is raised, making them more productive and confident in themselves. However, they are required to be planned, or organized properly, as well as strategically, in order to make them impactful.