20 Fun Office Games For Employees

20 fun office games for employees

When you have a workload, you might feel stressed and pressured and cannot focus on work. Sometimes you might take a break and move around to reduce work pressure.

Also, there are many staff at the office, and most of the time, employees do not recognize their colleagues from other departments. There is no interaction at all between co-workers or have few interactions even if you are working in the same office.

Organizing fun office games is one of the best remedies to increase interaction among the corporate houses’ staff. It also helps employees to reduce their work pressure and refreshes their minds.

Such games also help to improve the relation among team members, enhance team collaboration and communication, and team building.

Fun office games also teach employees job skills like planning, time management, and leadership skills. The office can organize games to teach employees such skills, which otherwise would have been part of the training. 

You can play many games at the office to reduce work pressure and teach you the skills required in the office. Here I have tried to mention some of the fun games that you can play at your office or during some office events:

Fun Office Games For Employees

Secret Santa

One of the fun office games to play when Christmas is around is Secret Santa. It is one of the most popular games, which is like a gift exchange. This game helps you to know your colleague’s choices and helps you to communicate more with your colleagues.

In this game, you need to randomly assign people to give gifts, and the giver’s identity should be secret. First of all, you need to write each participant’s name on a small piece of paper to play this game. 

Players can even write gifts they want, which ensures everyone gets things they wish for. Or you can even set a price limit for the present so that no one goes over or under budget. 

Now all the payers have to draw a piece of paper and buy the gift for the person whose name they have picked. You can buy a gift related to the person’s interest or personality if you know the person personally.

Now you need to pick a date when you want to do a gift exchange; you should make sure all the participants are available on that day. You can either do a gift exchange on the last day of the office before Christmas or at the Christmas party.

At last, you should guess who your Secret Santa is.

Baby Picture Guessing

Another fun game you can play at the office party is Baby Picture Guessing. In this game, you will learn more about your colleagues, and it works as an icebreaker between colleagues.  

In this game, you need to ask people to bring their baby pictures to the party. Make sure people bring the picture when they are one year old or younger. Also, participants should not show their photos to anyone else. 

It would be better if participants mail their pictures so that even if they forget to bring the picture, you can download it from the mail. You can also print all participant pictures in the same size (preferably large size) on glossy paper.

You can number each picture and place the number on the back of the picture. Now you have to put all the photos on the wall or board so that everyone has a chance to see the images. 

You should also place a card or piece of paper with the name of the people whose picture is on the wall or board. The participants have to guess and write picture numbers beside the name. 

In the end, the one who guessed most pictures wins the game, and you can reward them with some gifts.  

Trivia Night

Trivia Night is a fun game that you can play at the office during lunch break, recreational time, or Friday. Trivia Night is a popular game known as Pub Quiz, Quiz Night, or Bar Trivia. This game helps test employees’ general knowledge, their concentration power and lighten employees’ moods.

In this game, you need to select the theme you want for the quick. For example, if you choose themes like TV, you need to ask questions related to TV. 

When you select a theme, people interested in or know the theme can participate in the quiz. 

To make the game more fun and break the ice between employees in the office, you can select a theme like an office where you ask questions related to your workplace. The Office theme can improve the relation among team members and can identify any issues in the office. 

Once you decide the theme, you need to create teams; usually, team members can be 2-8 people. 

After deciding the team, you need to create a question; it is better to generate questions based on the round. You can have 3-5 rounds, and each round can have 5-7 questions. You should also ask some additional questions for the tiebreaker. 

To keep your crowd entertaining, you can keep updating the score to the crowd when a team gives the correct answer. 

The team that gives most of the answers correctly wins the game and is awarded some gifts. 

Two Truth And One Lie

Two Truth And One Lie is a short game that you can play when you are bored at work. It is an ice breaker game that helps act as a team-building activity. This game is suitable if you have some new employees in the workplace. 

It helps employees to know about each other and open up among the team. 

This game does not require any equipment; all you need is a pen and paper to write down each participant’s score. You can host the game at any place, indoors or outdoor. 

Two Truth and One Lie needs to have a minimum of five participants to a maximum of 12 people.  

All the players need to sit in a circle, and each participates must state three statements about themselves. Among the three statements, two statements must be true, and one should be false. The statement can be anything related to their interest, hobbies, life experience, anything that is unique. 

When one participant shares their statement, others have to guess which two statements are true and false. You should keep updating the score of participants who guessed correctly. 

At the end of the game, the one who scores the most wins the game. 

Find 10 Things Common

Find 10 Things Common is a short game that works as an ice breaker among team members. It is an excellent way of team building and to know about each other in the team. 

If your company has many departments and there is limited communication among members in the department, it is a great way to know all the organization members’. 

In this game, you need to divide team members into different groups of 5-6. Now the group has to list ten things in common and compare them with the group member. 

Make sure that participants do not list anything related to work. Once the listing of ten things is done, team members need to share their list with other group members and find common things. Now the team needs to create their common things and share them with other groups.

This creates an environment of conversation and laughter and creates a fun environment. 

Cooking Off

Cooking off or cooking challenges is a fun way to improve team relations and collaboration in the organization. Cooking off is a great way to build relations, bring people closer, and enhance employees’ leadership skills. 

You can host cooking off in several ways like can be judged based on time, skill, presentation, and, most importantly, taste. 

You can also organize the challenge based on a theme like Halloween, Christmas, thanksgiving, and more cook-off challenges. 

To make the challenge more fun, you can have a challenge between managers vs. subordinates, manager vs. managers, marketing department vs. the HR department, and more. 

In this challenge, you can assign a team to cook specific food and judge the food based on various aspects. 

When the participants are done cooking, non-participants employees should taste the food and rate their cooking skills. 

The Egg Drop

The Egg Drop is a fun and creative office game that you can play in your office. This game improves problem-solving skills among team members and enhances teamwork and time management skills among employees. 

It is a short game that you can play when you are bored at your workplace. You can either play this game in a group or can play individually. The game needs a minimum of 4 people or more, and the game takes 15 to 30 minutes. 

In this game, all you need is eggs and office supplies like a pen, pencil, straw, tissue paper, cloth tape, and more. 

Now you need to create a group of 3-5 members and give each team one egg. Along with the egg, you should also provide cloth tapes, straw, tissues, and other office material to all the groups. 

The team needs to make a structure from the given supplies, and they have 15 minutes to build it. If more than one group succeeds in making a structure and protecting the eggs, then the one who made the structure with the least material is the winner. 

At the end of 15 minutes, each team has to drop its structure. The group that prevents their egg from cracking when they drop structure wins the game. You can reward the winning team for motivating the team.

You need to make sure that teams are far from each other while making structure so that no one can copy each other.

Charades

Charades- fun office games
Charades

Charades is a fun team-building game that you can play with your team when you are bored. This game improves leadership skills among team members, enhances team non-verbal communication skills, improves employees’ concentration power, and more. 

It also helps to develop employees’ role-playing skills and encourages employees’ collaboration skills. 

All you need is a watch, pen, paper to write the score, and a basket or container to keep the piece of paper to play this game.

First of all, you need to select themes like food items, movies, music, or even choose the office theme. 

Once you decide your theme, teams need to write names or phrases related to the theme. The team should not write phrases more than seven-word, and at least three members in the team should know the word or phrase. 

Each team member from both groups should turn wise, pick the slip, and act in front of their team. The team who can guess more wins the game. 

Never Have I Ever

Never Have I Ever is a fun game that you can play in your office when you are bored. This game helps break the ice among employees; it is most effective if there is a lack of communication among the department employees. 

The game is easy to play and requires the least amount of material. In this game, you will need a list of questions and cups and some drinks and a clue card that has written “I have” and “I have not.” 

In this game, you need to ask questions to your team members from the question list. And team members have to answer the question by showing the clues card. 

The question is asked in a circle; each member is given a chance to answer the question. The person who answers “I Have” has to drink and gives the reason for saying “I have.” The one who says more “I have” wins the game.

The Hot Seat

The Hot Seat is a fun way to learn new things and get closer to teammates at the same time. It helps to increase leadership skills and knowledge among team members. 

You can organize this game during lunch break or at some office party to break the ice among different departments’ employees.

In this game, one person needs to get into the hot seat, and one by one, each team member needs to ask questions. You can ask questions related to anything from general knowledge to personal questions. 

However, you need to make sure teammates are not asking too personal questions, which might create tension in the game. 

In this game, the one who answers most of the questions wins the game.

Would You Rather

Would You Rather is a fun and short game you can play when you are bored. It works as an icebreaker for new employees and helps you to know your team members better. 

This game improves communication skills and encourages employees to put their points of view freely. 

The game requires a minimum of 3 people to a maximum of 10 people to make it exciting and fun. 

You don’t require anything except a list of questions you would like to ask to play this game. Also, make sure teammates ask an interesting question, and that puts teammates in a dilemma. Try not to ask too basic questions like “Choose between time and money.”

You can play the game within 10 minutes; hence you can play it whenever you are bored at work to refresh your mind.  

Office Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt is known as Treasure Hunt, a fun game that you can play at your office when you are bored or at an office party. The best part of this game is you can play this game in the office or the cafeteria, or outside the office. 

This game improves problem-solving skills, encourages employees to collaborate with their team members, and improves their time management skills. 

To play this game, you need a minimum of three people to unlimited players. You can play the game individually or in a group. If you play the game in a group, you can create a group of three to five people. 

The game requires a minimum of 30 minutes to a maximum of any time you allocate. 

The game is straightforward to play; all you need to do is hide some specific items in different places. The participants need to search and gather all the hidden objects. The team that collects more items wins more points and is the winner of the game. 

You can even separate the points based on the difficulty level of the game. Items that are easy to find score low points and difficult items to find score more points. 

No Smiling

One of the best ways to lighten the mood of employees is to reduce employees’ tension and stress. The game works as an ice breaker among new employees and lightens the mood of employees. 

You need a minimum of three-four people to play this game, and there is no limit for maximum. 

This game does not require any type of equipment, and you can play the game anywhere; no ample space is needed.  

The game’s rule is straightforward; as the name says, all you have to do is not smile. All the players need to sit in a circle, and you need to assign one volunteer. The volunteer’s job will be to monitor employees and see who smiled and who is the winner.

To make the game more fun, the volunteer can say some jokes and try to make participants laugh.

In this game, the one who didn’t smile at all or the one who smiled at last wins. 

PowerPoint Karaoke

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PowerPoint Karaoke

PowerPoint Karaoke is also known as Battle Deck, which helps to lighten the mood of employees. It also helps to improve employees’ presentation skills and creates a fun environment. 

In this game, you will need a pre-prepared presentation slide that participants have not seen before. 

The total number of participants for the game is 3 to 10. Each participant is given some presentation slides, and they have three minutes to present the slide.

The one who presents the slide in a better way and gets more votes wins the game. Voting can be done either by raising hands or by cheering for the person. Participants are judged based on their confidence, their flow of presenting the slides, and audience response.

When employees present the presentation, they cannot skip any slides and cannot view them in advance. 

Laser Tag

Laser Tag- fun office games
Laser Tag

Laser Tag is a fun team-building office game that you can play during the weekend with your colleagues. 

This game helps to improve employees’ communication and collaboration. It also helps to improve the planning ability and team-building capability of employees. 

You do not require any equipment; all the required equipment will be provided to you in the Laser Tag arena. You cannot play the game in the office; you have to go to the Laser Tag arena. 

You need two players in minimum to a maximum of 40 players. 

If you have a big group, you can divide into two teams; the team needs to play against each other. In this game, one team needs to tag the opposite team with a paintball gun. The team that hits the most wins the game. 

This game improves employees in a decision-making capacity and also enhances employees’ leadership skills.

Body of Word

Body of word is a fun game that you can play at your office party or certain office events. This game improves employees’ leadership skills and teaches employees to work in teams. 

It teaches employees how to plan, collaborate, and work in a team. The game also helps to improve employees’ creativity and cooperation among employees.

You need a minimum of 4 people to a maximum of 24 people in the group. You can create a team of 4 to 8 people, and the team members have to select their leaders themselves.

In this game, you need to think of the word having a letter less than the team members. The team needs to write the word on a card. Now each team needs to pick the words randomly. In this game, the team that guesses the word faster wins the game. 

All Abroad

All Abroad is a fun office game that encourages employees to improve collaboration and leadership skills. This game boosts communication skills and increases trust among employees.  

All you need is a rope or mat to make a circle. You can play the game either inside the office if the office has some space or play it outside the office. 

The game requires a minimum of 8 people in a team if you have a small space and a maximum of 15 people in a group if you have a large area.   

In this game, the team has to fit themselves in the mat or the circle. After each round, the carpet or circle will get smaller, and the team has to fit themselves. 

The game continues until the team will no longer fit in the mat and the team who can fit until last wins. 

Lights, Camera, Action

Lights, Camera, Action is a fun game that you can play at your office party or some events at the office. This game teaches you about time management and boosts your creativity at the same time.

You will need equipment such as a camera, a computer having video editing software, camera tripods, and a projector or TV to play this game. 

To play this game, first of all, you will need 10- 30 participants. Divide the total participant into a small group of 4-6 people.

Now you need to write different themes on a small piece of paper and ask them to pick one cheat that contains the theme. 

Once all the team selects their theme, you can allocate the time for the team to present their short movie. You need to give a minimum of 1 hour for teams to create a film.

Finally, all the office staff can gather in the hall and watch the movie made by each team. 

The judges will decide the winner based on team creativity, acting, camera work, and editing skill.

Capture The Flag

Capture the flag is a traditional fun game that you can play outside your office in some office events. This game helps to enhance employees’ communication and planning skills. It also helps to develop employees’ leadership quality, collaboration skills. 

In this game, all you need is two or more flags and adequate space for employees to play.  

Minimum of 8 people and the maximum can be based on the number of teams for the game. Each team will have 4-5 people.

The game has very simple rules; here, all you have to do is find other teams’ flags and keep them in your territory. You should try to protect the flag and make sure that no team members get tagged. 

If you go to your opposite team territory and get tagged, you will be kept in jail. You can get out of jail only when your team member who is not tagged will tag you. 

The team who can capture their opposite team flag and keep their whole team members in jail will win the game. 

Googly Eyes

Googly eyes are a fun game that you can play inside your office when you are bored. This game helps to lighten the mood and release the stress of employees. It’s a short game that you can play at your lunchtime or during recreational time. 

You will need a pair of goggles, a board or paper, and a marker to draw to play this game. You need to make sure that the goggles are over the prescription glasses of employees. 

In the game, you will need a minimum of 4 participants. The rules of the game rule are really simple, each player has to draw some random picture, and other participants have to guess what the other player is drawing by wearing goggles. 

The player who guesses more drawing wins the game.

Conclusion

To conclude, it is always good to organize games and events in the organization once or twice a month. Whether you play the game to train employees some skill or lighten employees’ moods, such events are necessary. 

Organizing games frequently enhance employees’ productivity, creates a positive work environment, and boosts employees’ morale.

Here I have tried to mention some of the fun office games for employees. I would like to know your favorite office games that you play at your office; please do not forget to mention them in the comment section below.

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