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Always Time for a Little Fun: Boosting Morale with Games and Activities

Posted on 05/22/14 in Fun Gifts
All work and no play does little to boost team morale. Hard workers deserve opportunities to relax, connect, and enjoy some lighthearted fun with one another. Some of the most successful companies in the world (Google, for one) have games and recreation areas provided for employees, who need a break every now and then. Play keeps the mind active and keeps the blood flowing, preventing workers from getting bored and unproductive.

A monthly or weekly game night, or even an afternoon devoted to games, is a great way to develop camaraderie and a spirit of healthy competition in the office, while keeping employees happy and performing well. Jenga and ping-pong are great for the office, and horseshoes or bocce ball are perfect for weekend retreats. A spin-and-win prize wheel is a perfect way to reward the winners, too!

Some popular games and fun activities to add to the work environment include:

  • Video games. Consoles like the Nintendo Wii or the Xbox Kinect are both popular for their interactive styles. They require the player to move and be active while playing the game. Other traditional game systems are also great options, like the Playstation.
  • Board games. Some board games can be quick - no longer than 30 minutes for a break session. Some games, like Monopoly, might take days or weeks to finish, depending on how much time is spent playing the game, but these long-standing games can be fun too.
  • Trivia games are always fun, and some companies or businesses will put together teams to participate in the local trivia competitions at bars or restaurants. This is a great way to bring employees together and allow them to interact outside of the office.
  • Jenga, checkers, chess, or dice games are great games of strategy and luck, which in many cases echoes the operations of the business itself. Chess in particular has been used by many to teach skills in strategy and planning, while at the same time being entertaining.
  • Ping-pong, miniature basketball hoops, and even Nerf guns have been used as lighthearted and more active ways to keep employee spirits up. A ping-pong table can also be used as a conference table during normal office hours if necessary, or vice versa.

Whichever game or activity you choose for your office, make sure it will keep employees happy and productive. That way, they will want to come to work every day.

Author: Robert Stillman CEO

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