If you look around, many of today's workplaces have their employees do fun activities, which might seem frivolous at first glance.
But the truth is, team-building exercises are extremely important for the workplace. Not only can they get your workers excited, but they can also help develop crucial skills for the workplace, such as communication and problem-solving skills. By building trust, you're investing in your business!
Now, you might be wondering which team-building activities are most effective for helping team members realize their potential. Here are some leadership games and activities that are fun!
1. Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are great for both big and small groups when it comes to problem-solving skills! Plus, they're very flexible, as you can create them in any space you have, whether it's just your office or the park outside.
If you're able to, we'd recommend having your scavenger hunt outside. Not only will you have more room, but your group members will be able to get some fresh air and sunshine!
Scavenger hunts achieve 2 things when it comes to team-building: not only does it help with communication skills, but it also helps your workplace develop team leaders. Should the groups become divided on where to find the next clue, effective leaders will be able to split the group to complete the task efficiently.
In the end, not just 1 person wins the scavenger hunt. It's an all-or-nothing game, so it'll encourage your employees to work together to all succeed!
2. Drive Around
Drive Around is a game that really helps people hone their communication skills!
In this game, teams will consist of 2 people. One person will be blindfolded while the other has to guide them around the room with no physical cues, just words. You can make things more exciting by posing "dangerous" scenarios, such as guiding a person through the minefield or a volcano spewing lava.
This activity is another one that achieves several things at once.
For the person who has to guide the blindfolded person, they have to show good leadership qualities to get the person where they need to be. This might involve experimenting with different leadership styles to find the one that works for them.
As for the person who's blindfolded, they need to practice active listening. If they miss any important details, it can spell "death" in the game. They also have to trust that the person guiding them is giving them accurate information, which can result in not just newfound trust, but also respect.
3. Great Plates
Unfortunately, toxic workplaces are all too common nowadays. Around 29% of employees say they've left their jobs due to workplace conflict and 41% aren't confident that management would take harassment complaints seriously.
If breaking the chain of toxicity is an aim of yours, then Great Plates can be an excellent way to turn things around.
To play this game, each person puts a paper plate on their back. Then, they walk around and write positive things on other people's plates!
In the end, each person will have a plate full of wonderful things that people think of them. They might even realize their own strengths that they never knew before, all because their coworkers have shown that they recognize what makes them great!
Chances are, your workers will save these plates. Whenever they're feeling down, they can feel confident again by looking at all the things their coworkers like and admire about them.
4. Employee Trivia Games
When it comes to employee management training sessions, trivia is included most of the time. This is because almost everyone enjoys it and it can bring out some fun competitiveness.
Employee trivia games are easy to put together and they can help your workers learn about one another. All you have to do is put together some questions on a platform like Survey Monkey and then you're basically set for trivia night!
Some questions you can include are:
- Who's left-handed?
- Who's a single child?
- Who's never been out of the state before?
- Who is a master of piano playing?
By having personal questions such as the above, it can help your employees seem more human to one another, and not just cogs in a big machine.
5. Assessment Tests
Here's the simple truth: everyone loves to hear and learn about themselves. This is why surveys and assessment tests are so popular!
One that workplaces love to do is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Based on the answers people give, the test will then generate a 4-letter result:
- Extraversion (E) or introversion (I)
- Sensing (S) or intuition (N)
- Thinking (T) or feeling (F)
- Judging (J) or perceiving (P)
The result you get shows not just how your personality is like, but also what your communication style is. Everyone will be fascinated by their results and will be more than happy to talk about them. Once everyone's shared their MBTI results, they can then discover who's exactly like them and who's the exact opposite.
Taking assessment tests and discussing them can give your employees some perspective and appreciation of one another.
Try These Games to Further Your Workers' Problem-Solving Skills and More
If you've been wanting to further your employees' problem-solving skills and other qualities, then you should try the above activities. But what if you don't know how to set these games up or you just don't want to go through the trouble?
In that case, consider working with TLP! We're a vendor that can lead you through these creative problem-solving games so all your workplace can participate, including the managers.
If you'd like someone to provide the means to develop leadership and teamwork, then get in touch with us now. We'll take care of everything so all you have to do is do the activities!