As it is said, all work with no play makes one dull. If you thought this only applies to kids in school, you are wrong. As a business manager, you need to find ways to improve the productivity of your employees. One way to achieve that is by encouraging your employee to play games, either to relax after tough projects, for onboarding, team building or just bringing a lighter note to the work environment. Some of the games you can implement include:

Team building games

  1. Personality test. These games are interactive and at the same time they help determine the different personality traits among team members.
  2. Ideas as building blocks. This exercise appreciates the thoughts of each member of the team and enhances teamwork.
  3. Truth and lie game. The game helps team members to know about each other.
  4. Use what you have. This assesses and nurtures problem-solving skills.
  5. Puzzle games. They harness creativity.

Employee engagement games

  1. Observation. While employees identify changes made by their colleagues, they harness their attentiveness to details while also relaxing.
  2. Best cake for the company. The cake making enhances teamwork since teams compete to make the best cake.
  3. Amazing race across town. It's a great way of creating excitement and boosting employees morale as they criss-cross the city to win the race and possibly get a prize.
  4. Treasure Hunt. As the employees look for the hidden treasure, they release work stress and have fun.
  5. Tagging games. As they find out who is stronger, the employees also enjoy the fun.

Internal networking games

  1. Name a colleague. The name of a colleague is written on a hat and passed to the other employees to write something about the employee.
  2. Pairing. This encourages team members to know each other after pairing them up in a fun way.
  3. Beach ball. The game involves writing questions on a beach ball and throwing it randomly to the employees. The employee who catches the ball answers the question and then throws it again.
  4. Life highlights. The game involves sharing their lives best moments. It helps in employees to know each other's passion and personality.
  5. Zoom. The employees are required to memorize a picture and then explain it to the rest. It encourages collaboration and communication.

Problem-solving games

  1. Trivia questions. The employees answer a set of questions.
  2. Untangle. While the employees work to untangle themselves they learn important skills in problem solving, communication and teamwork.
  3. Virtual games. The games involve running a virtual organization.
  4. Picture pieces. The puzzle game encourages problem-solving.
  5. Sneak peak. The team observes a sculpture and explains how they can make an identical piece. Employees learn problem solving and attention to details.

Office party games

  1. Balloon Break. The game entails employees breaking balloons between their chests without touching. The winning pair is the one that breaks more balloons.
  2. Desk thief. Comprises stealing items from each colleague's desk and then exhibiting them at the office party for the employees to identify the owner of the item.
  3. Famous line game. It entails writing famous quotes on paper and shuffling them. The employees are supposed to guess the person who said the words.
  4. Death by winking. This game creates a crime scene investigation. It engages employees during the office party.
  5. Laughing game. Just as its name suggests, in this game the players are eliminated based on when they laughed.