Playing fun games at a staff meeting seems to be a frivolous idea when there's serious work to be done. However, a convincing body of research has consistently supported the maxim that a happy workforce is a productive workforce. Games can serve a number of purposes including team-building and morale boosting, and they can also help to create a contented workplace with good staff relations.
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Tell the group to imagine that they have won £1 million on the National Lottery. Ask them to outline what their dream holiday would be and to write down as much detail about it as they can within five minutes. Each staff member hands his sheet of paper to the person on his left. Each individual reads out the holiday dream of her colleague. After each holiday description, the team discusses the surprises in the holiday choice. As well as being fun, this game gives insights into the likes and dislikes of fellow team members.
Divide the staff group into two teams, A and B. Start the game by getting team A to choose, in secret, the name of a celebrity. You can leave the subject open, or limit it in advance, selecting a category such as actors, sportsmen or women, or singers. Team B then has 20 questions they can ask to try and identify the mystery celebrity. Play several rounds with the teams swapping roles. This game helps to improve teamwork as people work together to find the name of the celebrity.
Personal story game
This game works well to help a new or recently formed team to improve their cohesion and effectiveness. Split the group into pairs. Each individual briefly interviews his partner to find out something unique or unusual she's done in her life. The reunites and reports. This helps people to get to know each other -- and appreciate one another's individuality.
Give each staff member two opaque plastic bags and two rubber bands. Instruct then to put their feet in the bags and secure them around their ankles with the elastic bands. Give all the participants pencils and paper and ask them to draw their shoes in as much detail as possible. Emphasise that the object of the game is not to be a brilliant artist but to show how much you can remember about your own shoes. This game tests powers of observation and memory, but it's also great fun and an excellent way to get a team into a relaxed and productive frame of mind.
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