Teams That Play Together, Stay Together: 5 of Our Favorite Team Building Games

Taylor Ghamling - VIP + Customer Service

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Team building should be all about creating an opportunity for your group to come together and learn about each other – but we believe it should be fun, too, and that’s why we love team building games.

‘Playing together’ ultimately leads to a newfound appreciation and understanding of colleagues that translates into better office dynamics and overall higher morale.

Need some ideas? Here are five of our favorite team building games – and for some, you won’t even have to leave the office!

Icebreakers

Most of us dread the traditional icebreaker: a random question that, when asked, can cause awkwardness and anxiety. But when done right, an icebreaker has the power to bring people together by creating a safe space to share and learn about others. We’ve revamped this classic activity with thoughtful, fun, and engaging questions meant to make your team feel relaxed and comfortable.

Justworks' team members enjoying the melee.
With a few team building games, your coworkers will be having a great time in the office.

How does it work? 

The great thing about icebreakers is that they involve little to no planning and no material! You could bring your team into your office this afternoon and have a great time coming together. Here are three of our favorite icebreakers to get your team sharing something insightful without the pressure!

  • Who is the better businessman or businesswoman, and why? Timberlake or Justin Bieber? Emily Bronte or Jane Austen? Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?
  • If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?
  • You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it? Sushi? Scotch Tape?

And since we know your team will love it, we’ve put together this list of 100 icebreakers.

Charades & Pictionary

Bring back these classics but with a custom twist! By changing up the generic phrases and clues to ones that are specific to your company and culture, you’ll have a fun and simple way to engage colleagues and boost team morale.

How does it work?

All you need to do is write a few phrases down on pieces of paper, break-up into teams and wait for the laughs to roll in. These games are perfect when your team is in need of a 15-20 minute break to release some stress!

Egg Drop

We’re going back to middle school with this classic game. There’s nothing like a little friendly and creative competition to get your team members communicating, problem-solving, and working together. 

The marshmallow game.
We love dividing your team into smaller groups for a friendly competition.

How does it work?

Employees break up into small teams to create a contraption out of limited material within a short amount of time that will prevent an egg from breaking from a five foot (or higher, if you want to be extra challenging!) drop.

Get Inspired Through Storytelling

Are you and your coworkers movie or TV show buffs? Is it Harry Potter, Pitch Perfect, or Game of Thrones?

How does it work?

As a team chose a story that inspires and motivates – then, you’ll create a game based on that movie or TV show!

We chose Pitch Perfect because who doesn’t love to break out into song every now and again?! How can you turn this into a group activity, you ask?

Sing together of course! Scary, we know, but group karaoke is always awesome for laughs and bonding. The camaraderie your team will feel after belting out Journey or Cher will be worth it!

Custom Scavenger Hunts

Maybe it’s time to take your team building games out of the office. Come on a team building adventure with us!

Our scavenger hunts are high energy, fast-paced, and full of friendly competition. Whether your goal is to improve team communication, work on problem-solving or build leadership skills, we will design a custom experience that promotes your team’s specific goals while having a ton of fun, too! 

A team works to complete a clue on our custom team building scavenger hunt at the Met.

How does it work?

You can expect to be hustling around the museum’s galleries in search of crazy clues. The goal is to get everyone involved in the conversation and make fast-paced decisions in order to complete as many tasks in a specific amount of time as possible. Each team will need a timekeeper, photographer, list master, and models who aren’t afraid to get a little silly. The proof is in the pictures and remember — the funnier the better!

Check out how our custom made scavenger hunt helped WIX.com improve their office communication skills

What will your team take away from these games?

Team building should not be taken lightly! It’s the key to drastically improve your employee engagement rate, develop trust, calm conflicts, reduce stress, and boost workplace morale. These five team building games will not only engage your team and encourage better teamwork in the office but build on the following skills: communication, creativity, problem-solving, leadership, and project management.

What are you waiting for? Start playing!

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