Motivated and content employees make for a happy and productive company. A fact that most companies have come to realize. Employees are assets; assets that need to be valued and appreciated, especially in this period of high attrition, since better opportunities are always beckoning them. Employee motivation games help the organization come together and function as a team. It encourages teamwork and promotes camaraderie. Games weave the concept of teamwork into the delicate fabric of diverse and a large number of differently conditioned people. Following is a list of a few games for employees, one can choose as per need.
Fun Games for Employees
Here are some fun activities for employees that will promote teamwork, improve communication and build trust. Encourage your employees to come up more game ideas that they would like to take part in.
Everyone loves to solve puzzles. This game can be played with any number of people broken down in groups. Give each team a puzzle; it could be a word puzzle, or fitting things to make a larger image puzzle. Set a time deadline (they are quite used to deadlines!) to make the game more interesting and fun.
To play this game, first set up four to five teams; each team consisting of two individuals. Each player of a team will hold an office clipboard in their hands and will attempt to bounce a crumbled piece of paper in between them. The object of the game is to bounce the paper ball in between the players, using the clipboard to land it in a trash can which is set some distance away. The team that completes this task in the minimum time, wins.
This game is played by an individual. A candle and a match stick is all that is required for this game. Each member will take turns to light a match (use only one match for one person) and light the candle, blow it (candle) out, and again light the candle, and keep going on until the match stick burns out. The person who lights the candle maximum number of times with the same match stick, wins.
This is a simple game, but loaded with lots of fun and learning. Make as many as teams you want. Blindfold all, except one. Mark a route with a destination, and place obstacles using chairs, tables, even lamps all along the way. All the blindfolded members will have to find their way individually, using the verbal instructions given by the one who is not blindfolded. The team that gets all its members across the obstacles to the destination in the shortest duration of time, wins. This is a great game for sharpening one's communication skills.
Talk all the Way
This game will be lots of fun for all your talkative employees and an ice-breaker for the introvert ones. Pair a talker and a quiet person together. In this game, both have to talk to each other, simultaneously. The team that talks for the longest time without too many breaks, wins.
The Penne Pick Up
This game can be played between two individuals. Give both the contestants, a piece of uncooked spaghetti and six pieces of penne pasta. The contestants have to hold the spaghetti in their mouth and attempt to "pick up" the penne pasta with the other end of spaghetti. The use of hands is strictly prohibited and the person who is able to pick up all the pasta the fastest is the winner.
Motivational games must encourage teamwork and healthy competition among the employees. There are many instances, where the outcome of the games gets carried forward to office work; this should be completely discouraged. Any ill-feeling fostered will defeat the idea behind playing these games. While games for employees must direct towards some form of learning like motivation and team building, a few games must be simply played for the sake of having fun!