Games for Team Meetings

Updated March 23, 2017

Introducing goal-oriented games during team meetings can increase productivity and help your team succeed. Games offer an opportunity to learn new concepts, receive information and practice critical skills while having fun, according to "Meeting Excellence" by Glenn Parker and Robert Hoffman.

Selecting Games for Team Meetings

Select games to meet your specific objectives. For example, choose an icebreaker to introduce team members and build trust, select a simulation game to examine new procedures, or pick a brainstorming game to practice problem solving.

In addition to achieving objectives, consider cost when choosing games for team meetings. To stay within your allocated budget, consider what materials you might need for any given game. Some games cost very little. A verbal icebreaker may cost nothing, for example, or a simple brainstorming game may require only pen and paper. But, if you want a high-tech simulation game developed expressly for your company, that will cost substantially more.

Knowing your audience is key when selecting games for team meetings. Assess team members' personality types and learning styles. Try to avoid games you think might alienate one or more members of your team. Whenever possible, select two similar games and allow your team members to choose the game they prefer. This gives your employees a sense of control and will increase participation.

A steady stream of technology-savvy people continue to inundate the workforce. These employees are used to acquiring instantaneous information as they need it and are less likely to tolerate the traditional classroom method of disseminating data, according to "Serious Gains from Serious Games: Solving Business Problems with Custom Games" by Enspire Learning. Incorporate technology-driven games to grab and keep this group's attention.

Implementing Games for Team Meetings

Incorporate games at your team meetings thoughtfully to ensure a successful outcome. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, structure is the key to an effective meeting. A productive meeting hinges on several factors, including prompt start and end times, clear objectives and group participation.

Schedule enough time to play the game and avoid needlessly prolonging your meeting. For example, most games for team meetings require a minimum of 10 minutes, while more complex games require more time. Books containing game ideas, such as "Trainer's Warehouse Book of Games" by Elaine Biech, often include a time estimate for each game.

Set objectives for your games just as you do for your meetings. Utilise games for team meetings to build trust and promote teamwork, increase morale and foster company loyalty, develop and test strategies in a safe environment, and energise your meetings. To increase the likelihood of enthusiastic participation, communicate the purpose of the games to attendees.

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