Work doesn’t have to becoming in for 9am, getting stuck into your work all day until you leave at 5pm and that’s it! At the end of the day, you spend the majority of your day at work with the same people day in and day out. Even though you see the same people everyday, unless you always chat, I reckon you don’t know too much about them – only the basics – and, as an employer, it’s good to get to know your employees.
Why not break the ice and get to know your employees better with a few fun quiz questions for work? Doing fun activities with your employees boosts morale and productivity within the office, and brightens their mood by allowing them to break from their computer screens. Therefore, we have come up with a few ideas of activities you can do in the office that won’t take a lot of time out of the day but will be effective, some of which are good ways to get to know your employees and others are just for a bit of fun.
Employee Who’s Who
Employee who’s who isn’t like the original who’s who; this game is purely based on how well you know your employees and they know their fellow colleagues. Within this game, each member of staff will write a fun, random or quirky fact about themselves such as “they fainted at a Take That concert at the sight of Gary Barlow.”Initiate a quiz master who will have the facts and the names these facts belong to. They will be given the task of reading out the facts and the rest of the employees need to write down who they think that fact will be about.
The aim of the game is to match as many of the facts to the right colleagues in order to win. This game is a good way to get everyone laughing and finding out new information about their fellow work colleagues.
All you need for this game is:
- A quiz master
- Fun facts about colleagues
Games like this one are a great way to boost morale within the office as it gets everyone away from their screens and concentrating on something fun, therefore, when they do return back to their desks they will have woken up and be refreshed for the rest of the day.
The Great British Office Bake Off
With The Great British Bake Off capturing the nation and bringing out all of our inner bakers, why not bring that to the office? This challenge can run for however long you want and can include baking cakes, biscuits, breads, pastries and more.
The way this game is done is to set a theme for the week just like they do on Bake off and everyone has got to bake their goods at home and bring them into work for everyone to try. After all employees have tried the treats, they will decide who they feel was the winner of that round. This will go towards the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the week.
The aim of the game is to score people:, 1st place receives three points, 2nd place receives two points, and 3rd place receives one point. At the end of the competition, add up the scores and announce the winner of office bake off.
This competition is a little bit of fun and gets employees away from their desks to enjoy a few sweet treats. It is also a good way to find out who can bake the best cakes for the next office birthday.
Workplace Fantasy Football League
This game will create a bit of competitiveness within the office. Even if you are not into football you can still take part. This game will run for the length of the season therefore starting in August and ends around May.
The aim of the game is to create a football team using players within the English Premier League; therefore, when they play in real life, however their performance, your team will gain points. The team with the most points at the end of the season wins.
Office olympics can be done playing any games such as paper aeroplane throwing, hula hooping,darts, and more. It is just a set of games to play in rounds where you will collect points like the office bake off. The office olympics could be done within a day or over a few days or weeks depending on how much time you want to use in each day. The best formula, perhaps, is one game per week hosted by a different employee, lasting around 30 minutes.
Office olympics is a great way to get people away from their desks and allows them to let loose and have a bit of fun. This will help when they get back to doing work because they will be refreshed.
It is also a great way to boost morale within the workplace as people can get tired after a few hours sat at a computer screen; plus it gets everyone on their feet moving around, socialising and having fun. This mini-break will make work more enjoyable.
Other Office Quirks
If your company is generally too busy to play games then there are other ways in which you can get to know people within your office space. Depending on the size of your company, you could take your employees out for a meal once every half a year. This gathering will be something for them to look forward to and allow colleagues to have a proper catch up and discuss other things apart from work.
Bringing treats into the office will always brighten up your employee’s day whether it’s a packets of biscuits to go with their tea or coffee or if you have gone all out and brought in breakfast treats such as croissants and chocolate twists. These treats will get people moving around the office to go and grab a quick bite to eat, plus the food will keep them energised.
Purchasing a games console for a breakout room will allow colleagues to play games against each other whilst on their lunch breaks. This camaraderie will get your employees having fun and socialising with one another.
Creating a fun office quiz, or playing office games is a great way to boost morale and productivity within the workplace. They allow employees to take a break from their workload and enjoy doing something different and fun as it breaks the day up and is something to look forward to. Keeping up morale within an office is essential. Making work fun will get employees to enjoy coming to work which will reduce stress and create less of a staff turnover.
Another great way to reduce staff turnover is to get to know each employees personalities, from here you can determine what they need in order to stay happy and productive within the office. By clicking below you can download our quick and easy eBook going through the different personalities and what they need within the office.