Team building has been incorporated into the repertoire of many companies in an effort to motivate their employees and promote leadership skills. It also serves to break the ice with new employees and allow faculty to develop a sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Team building can take the form of games or activities hosted both inside and outside of the workplace.
Two Truths and a Lie
A great way to break the ice between people is to play a game called "Two Truths and a Lie." People take turns stating two truths about themselves and one lie. The other players take turns guessing which statement out of the three is false. "Two Truths and a Lie" is a great game for people who've never been around each other; it doesn't require any materials and it can last as many rounds as time allows.
"Helium Stick" is an ice breaker game designed for larger groups or teams. To play "Helium Stick" players must begin in two equal lines facing one another. All team members should then put their index fingers in the middle in a straight line. A long, narrow rod is then lowered onto the line of index fingers. The goal of "Helium Stick" is for the team members to lower the rod all the way to the ground without dropping it, grabbing it, or performing any other action than simply allowing it to rest on the row of index fingers. All team members must touch the rod at all times, and if the rod is dropped or a team member becomes detached from the rod, the process must start over.
The goal of "All Aboard!" is for members of a team to work together and find a way to fit in a small space. The game begins when you mark off an area with tape. All team members must fit inside the marked area before a predetermined time limit expires. If the team is able to fit in the area, change it to make it smaller. The team members must then think of ways to fit inside the smaller space. The game keeps going until the team is not able to fit in the smallest marked area attempted. To make "All Aboard!" more difficult, players can also shorten the time limit of the game or restrict players from speaking to each other. Any sharp accessories being worn by players should be placed elsewhere prior to playing the game so no one gets hurt.
The Great Egg Drop
"The Great Egg Drop" is a team-building activity that encourages critical thinking and working together. The premise of the game is to work as a team to make a package that will protect an egg from breaking when dropped from a height of at least eight feet. Players must work together to decide what materials and designs are most likely to successfully support the egg. "The Great Egg Drop" can also be played with multiple teams to see which package design is most successful.
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