Breaking out of the monotonous cycle of work is important for various reasons. Working continuously without a break could lead to many physical as well as mental health problems. It is crucial to take a break in between, to keep the creative juices flowing and not be stuck in a routine for a longer duration.
Having fun together as a team will also help in getting to know each other better and have less unnecessary awkward moments. A work place where one can have fun, be stress free without compromising on the output will yield higher results as compared to one where there is no fun and only work. It also serves as an employee engagement strategy which boosts your company culture.
Mentioned below are 10 such team building activities which would help your employees to relax and have a good time together. These fun Friday activities and games are focused on just having fun with the team and not thinking about work or deadlines for a few hours!
If we have learnt something from the celebrities, it is definitely a game of Heads Up! Pick a category and hold the deck to your forehead, guess the word as your fellow teammates states the clues. Instead of playing it digitally, the participants can have placards with the topics or categories written. This would ensure a 100% participation along with encouraging the people to use the witty and creative side of their brains.
5 seconds rule!
Just like the name suggests, within 5 seconds a person has to answer the question. These questions can be as fun or as tricky as you wish. The questions can be framed according to categories ranging from personal to professional. The only condition is you have to answer within 5 seconds! Let your brains do the fast thinking and the quick talking.
Who doesn’t love singing to their heart’s content? When done in front of their colleagues, it’ll become 10x more interesting and embarrassing. This simple singing game will enable your co-workers to get more comfortable with each other and help break the ice. Sing your favorite songs and make it a day/night to remember.
Dress up Diana!
Remember those fancy dress competitions in our schools? How our mothers used to dress us up for the day as national figures or sometimes as a tree! Take that competition to your work place and have everyone dress up on a theme. Be it a Halloween dress up party or maybe a FRIENDS themed party!? You can take it up a notch by also decorating the surroundings and have a theme-based table as well.
One of the many team building games that makes you use each and every part of your brain which you didn’t know even existed! You can customize the game according to your workplace by adding levels to it. The range of the fall can be as low as a chair or as high as a storey, it is for you to decide. This game will build team spirit and inculcate problem-solving skills simultaneously.
What better way to spend some quality time with your team than by watching a movie together. Add to that some popcorn, soft drinks, take-aways and you are all set to have a movie night or evening. Movies themselves provide a range of entertainment from action, thrillers to rom-coms and sit-coms. Enjoy a light evening with your colleagues and forget those deadlines for a couple of hours!
Three truths and a lie
This game has aged like fine wine. This good old game can be played in a group or within a small circle as well, with each person saying four statements. These will consist of three truths and one lie. The rest of the party has to guess which one is the lie amongst the four. This game is the best icebreaker and team building exercise.
Good conversations happen over a cup of coffee, similarly, great conversations happen over a plate full of delicious food! Another great way to initiate conversation among peers is by having a potluck, wherein, everybody will bring their favorite food and have a gala time with a full table. This is a good way to celebrate any and every big or small achievement made by the institution.
Guess the song
This modernized Antakshari version is perfect for having a chill weekend party with your team members. The people can be divided into two groups and have the rest guess the songs from their tunes. All the Bollywood geeks would love to flaunt their knowledge from the 80s and 90s!
This age-old game from our school times is perfect to giggle away our worries! Be it a phrase or a 15-20 letter word, anything and everything can be passed down from a row of participants and the end result, a lot of laughter! This game will make sure it has the participants and the on-lookers laughing till their stomachs hurt.
Fun activities while working from home
But since we’re all stuck at our homes because of the pandemic, it will be a mistake to not include a few games that can be played virtually. Following are 5 fun Friday games online to enjoy with your employees at the comfort of your homes.
- Virtual Bingo
- Playing Cards
- Never Have I Ever
Since literally everything has come online now, why not a-game-as-old-as-time? Bingo is a sure shot way to keep your staff engaged during a Zoom call! Virtual Bingo is something which can be played by groups of people together and what does the winner get? A pizza party, a Zomato delivery from their favorite restaurant? Be Creative!
Surprise your employees with your good or not-so-god artwork and let them guess what it is that you’re drawing. This game will definitely unwind the brains and help your employees interact with each other better.
As if embarrassing yourselves with your melodious singing in Karaoke and beautiful drawings in Pictionary wasn’t enough, play Charades to also showcase your inner actor! Let it be any movie from your generation or one generation above, the only aim is to enjoy at the comforts of our homes.
Bored of playing Solitaire and online Rummy? Play card games with your colleagues and/or employees. Playing Cards have many options to choose from. You can create a room while on a Zoom call and have fun at your ‘new workplace’.
Never have I ever
Since we’re talking about games which can be played from the comforts of our homes, this game cannot be left out. Pick a glass of any drink and spill some secrets in front of your employees. Let the quirkiness begin with this fun game which we’re sure will end up in getting to know more about your employees and staff.
These fun activities might seem a lot but at the end of the day, these will pose as a great ice-breaker. This added luxury of conducting fun Friday activities for the employees will definitely provide a weekly or bi-weekly relief to the employees from their regular jobs. This can be a great way to spark remote team engagement and also paves way for your team to engage with each other. It further will enhance the productivity of the people.
Having a fun workplace with good food and wine? Everybody’s in!
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