It can sometimes be difficult to break ice between co-workers who don’t know each other well. This can happen e.g. when people work mostly within their own teams. What to come up with as program for the team building day then? Team building exercises and and ice-breaker games are popular in company recreation days, especially if the participants have a hard time relaxing. We’ve put together five team building games to this article so you can easily find a way to introduce employees to each other in a fun and relaxed way. Break the ice with the following team building ideas!
1 Friend speed dating
Sometimes it’s a great idea to introduce colleagues to each other through speed dating. As in standard speed dating, the participants of friend speed dating switch discussion partners every few minutes. This can be done by sitting around the tables like in the movies, or if you wish, you can even organize this speed dating by standing outdoors: Organize two circles where the inner circle of persons look outward and the outer circle inward. When the discussion partner changes, only one circle moves a step forward.
Team building speed dating is a good way to get participants to get to know each other on a bit, so that the threshold for starting a discussion later during the workplace health promotion day and also later at the office is lower.
2 We have in common
The goal of this corporate party game is to find things within teams that all the participants have in common. Divide the participants into several groups of the same size, the minimum number is two groups. Teams are given the task of finding a predetermined number of similarities between the members of their group, and the faster the team that completes the task wins.
These common things can really be anything, from the same home town to the same favorite food, or from past travel destinations to subscribing to Netflix, or to the fact that all members think that Titanic was an absolutely awesome movie. Afterwards it is fun to show all the common things that the groups have found (and at the same time to check the answers). Very special notions can be given bonus points!
Tip: You can set a rule where things like clothing or appearance are left outside of the game. In this case, the participants will have to genuinely think and discuss with each other instead of looking at each other and checking e.g. if nobody wears glasses or pumps.
3 Preference Line
This team activity is a good thing to do in a place where there is room across the space have a row where all participants can fit.
A physical or imaginary line is required for this team building activity. The game instructor shouts out one choice at a time, prepared beforehand. These choices are mainly related to preferences, such as movies or books, board games or console games, cats or dogs, partying or evening at home, tea or coffee. The ends of the line represent extremes, for example, a person who only likes tea, but not coffee, is placed on the end of the line that represents tea. The participants’ task is to organize themselves in a line in the right order so that everyone can find the place that matches their preference in the topic.
Tip: You can add fun to your game by adding insider jokes to as the options. If the participants have something job related in common, things that are familiar to practically everyone, it can be fun to use them in the game! For example, liking the food of the lunch restaurant, coffee vs cocoa from the coffee machine at work, which after work place or lunch restaurant is better, etc. These fun themes can bring out a lot of laughs, and a bonus a sense of belonging to the participants.
4 Find the similar
This employee recreation day activity is looking again for like-minded colleagues. In turn, the game director tells one preference pair, in a very similar way as in the preference line game. This time the participants, however, start looking for individuals who agree with the argument: for example, that all of them like coffee more. In the next round, the formed groups continue looking for like-minded people who agree with the next statement as well. This means that like-minded groups will be smaller every time, and in the end some can even be on a team of one person, which is not a problem.
Tip: We recommend that you consider using preferences that are light and at an insignificant level, so that you do not create a pointless dispute, such as a favorite political party, or so that a team member that is left alone does not feel like an outsider.
5 Never have I ever
This oldie but goldie works great for teambuilding when you need light program to your company party that loosens up the participants. This game works well wherever you are, and you can start a game even during another activity, such as the sauna. You may want to attach a drinking dimension to the game if all the participants want to, but it’s in no way necessary for the success of the game.
In the game, each person presents a case that he/she has never done. The aim is to find claims where at least one of the other players has done what the person said he/she never did. If no one has done the thing, the player gets a minus point, but if someone else has done it, the player gets a plus point.
Tip: “I have sometime” is “I have never” game’s little cousin, and it can often be even funnier and easier to play, because players don’t have to think long about what they’ve never done in their lives. Instead of negative claims, the game uses claims that the players have done. If all players have done the thing in question, the player will get a minus point, but if even one other hasn’t done the same, he’ll get a plus point.