Our free unique team building activity tool promotes FUN in the workplace. Leaders can improve employee satisfaction and retention through these creative team building ideas.
Sometimes it can be a fine line that a leader must walk. On one hand you want your people to enjoy their work, but you are also concerned that people are producing their work at a maximum level.
"FUN in the workplace needs to be clearly defined by management."
The key to helping your team define what Fun means is to provide your team some insight as to what FUN can and should be.
FUN in the Workplace can be defined as:
Working as part of a team environment where people are challenged, they learn new skills, they grow, they seek opportunity and advancement, they take risks, they ask forgiveness - not always permission.
People with these traits make an organization grow - these people succeed more often than they fail - and they ultimately reap the rewards and recognition of one who consistently achieves strong results.
Team members having fun stay motivated with the knowledge that they are the exception to the common rule of human behavior. They’ve taken ownership of their mood and disposition.
Ultimately, they are having FUN because they make a difference and a valuable contribution to their team - they simply do not allow themselves to settle for the status quo.
These employees would rather work hard and experience "full engagement" - because being engaged is what makes the job worth doing.
Working hard, getting results and experiencing the rewards that come with success and achievement – THAT’S FUN!
Good luck, and have fun as you teach your team important lessons using a unique team building activity. Here's a couple of ideas worth your consideration.
Purpose of this activity: To add fun and energy to a team meeting. To assist with product knowledge retention.
Explanation: Leaders should check in and inspect the product knowledge of their employees on a regular basis. This unique team building activity is a fun way to review and inspect the level of product knowledge for your team.
Create some sort of object that can be quickly passed from one employee to the other. Objects might include a ball or stuffed animal. This object is your HOT POTATO.
Gather your team in a circle and explain to them that the object of the game to NOT get caught with the Hot Potato. Whoever gets caught with the Hot Potato after 2 minutes of play, will be asked to complete a task no one else wants.
This task should be something simple like doing the lunchroom dishes or something similar in nature. (Keep in mind, the idea here is not to make it a negative, but simply to provide some motivation to NOT get caught with the Hot Potato)
With your team members in a circle, set your stop watch for two minutes and inform your team that you’ll be asking product knowledge questions. As soon as one person answers a question correctly, he or she can quickly toss the Hot Potato to another employee. It’s now that employee’s turn to answer the next question.
As the 2 minute time period approaches, you read your questions quickly so the person answering the question has time to answer. If you run out of time in the middle of a question, allow the person to answer the question. If she answers correctly, she does not have to keep the Hot Potato, but if she answers incorrectly she is the Hot Potato winner!
You can be flexible in determining how many rounds you choose to play. You can use this unique team building activity to engage your employees and infuse a little bit of fun into an otherwise mundane activity.
Purpose of this activity: To provide a fun and entertaining way to engage your employees and effective reward and recognize top performers.
Explanation: Whenever you have an opportunity to reward and recognize your employees, you can easily elevate the level of energy and excitement by making your presentation into a competitive exercise such as this unique team building activity.
Identify your top two performers for any certain task or area of performance.
"Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it."
Recognize each individual for their performance. Be specific in your praise and give clear examples of what each employee has done to be deserving of your recognition.
Explain that both top performers have won an opportunity to win a larger prize. It can be something as simple as movie tickets, lottery tickets or a bottle of wine.
Bring out two hoola hoops. Have each team member try out the hoola hoop. Give them a minute or so to practive and prepare them self. Keep in mind, most people haven’t used a hoola hoop since they were in grade school.
Watch the team observe these top performers as they practice their hoola hoops. The fun has already started!
Instruct each top performer to get ready, get set, GO! The person who can hoola hoop the longest will win the Prize.
This simple activity is a sure-fire winner for injecting FUN within the team.
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"I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and is prepared to play a good game."- Tom Landry