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3 Team-Building Activities to Boost Staff Engagement (Part 3)

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Do you love team-building games? We definitely do! They are an integral part of our motivational workshops. In this blog, we’ll share some of our favourite games to boost staff engagement. Feel free to use them for your next team away day and share them forward!

1. Reach for the Sky

Description

Using the wooden blocks, participants should race to build the highest tower. It is up to them to choose how they use the blocks, but the tower must be freestanding for 10 seconds to count as a contender. Many discussions could follow regarding creative design and how much thought and planning went into the eventual tower.

Alternatively, while one team is completing this task another can be using an agreed checklist to see what good team work is taking place. Positive feedback should be given at the end of a given time and the teams should swap over. A checklist of important team attributes should be brainstormed before starting the task.

Mechanics

  • Distribute the wooden blocks
  • Explain that the team members must race to build the tallest tower
  • Blocks can be used as desired, but only blocks – no tape or glue!
  • Explain that at the end of the 10 minutes the tower must stand for 10 seconds – unsupported!
  • Judge the towers and announce the winner
  • Discuss the importance of planning and organising

Materials

Tumble Tower game

Time

10-15 Minutes

Fusion

Many great inventions and designs have come about after initial failures. Teams may need to change the design of their tower several times before it will stand. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day!


2. Sheep Pen

Description

The team must help a blindfolded team member find their way into a marked out area (sheep pen). The only instructions that can be given are claps. The team must decide a ‘clap code’ prior to starting the task. This is another great chance for the team to work very closely together and explore communication – especially when someone in the team has one sense less than the rest. Try different codes also.

Mechanics

  • Participants should initially take 5 minutes to discuss a communication code
  • Sheep pens should be marked out using ropes (from the Ropes pod) – a simple shape with one open side
  • One member of the team should be blindfolded
  • The blindfolded team member should be spun in a circle 3 times and then await instructions
  • The remainder of the team should use the code to direct the “sheep” into the pen
  • Different team members can have turns at being the sheep
  • Discuss the importance of being very clear when you communicate

Materials

Ropes, blindfolds

Time

30 Minutes

Fusion

Friendships at home and work life play a large part in our success. Building relationships of trust is key to long lasting friendships.


3. Our Oscars Table

Description

Participants are encouraged to bring in something that represents a personal Oscar for them. This could be anything from a medal to a press cutting, but should be something they would like to celebrate. A follow on could involve bringing something to the table that you would like to represent a future Oscar – something to symbolise a dream or future achievement.

Mechanics

  • Set up a table with the Oscar at the centre of it
  • Ask the participants to bring in things that represents a personal Oscar for them – something that shows their achievement
  • This could be a press cutting, a picture, a medal, etc.
  • Take time each day to ask two or three participants to tell everyone else about their personal Oscar
  • Take the task to the next level by asking the participants to bring in something that represents a future dream or achievement
  • Similarly, ask two or three participants a day to tell the rest of the participants about their dreams and aspirations

Materials

Oscar and a table

Time

You decide

Fusion

Sharing our proudest moments can help us to relive a positive memory and help to keep us positive during tough times. Often when companies face challenges, it is a powerful sense of vision that allows people to focus on a more positive future.