After the school summer holidays, this is possibly the first week that all of your team or department have been together for some time… As the song goes, it’s time to Get Back On It…
A staff briefing is bound to be needed, and staff are likely to be a little our of practice at working as a cohesive unit… The ideal solution to making things fun is a short icebreaker at the start of the meeting.
There are few individuals that opening enjoy ‘performing’ so it is important to choose short activities that staff will find fun and not be threatened by.
Icebreaking team building activities can be used by any business, large or small, to promote better teamwork in the workplace, and as most business owners and managers know, great teamwork is one of the key factors associated with company success.
Here are a couple of ideas for quick, fun icebreaking activities designed to improve communication and kick start the month.. without scaring the team:
Two Truths and a Fib
Start out by giving every team member a piece of paper to secretly write down two truths about themselves and one lie. No one should reveal to anyone what what they have written down!
Once each person has completed this step, each team member (large groups may need to split into teams) in turn should read out their three statements and give a little detail to convince the rest of the team(s) that they are all true.
The rest of the team(s) can then ask a maximum of three questions about each of the statements before agreeing which statement they, as a team think is the ‘lie’.
This game helps to encourage better communication in the office, and gets co-workers to know each other better.
This is a fun approach to demonstrating the importance of accurate information between team members.
All you need is a flip pad, a marker pen and some pieces of paper with everyday items drawn on them (some examples might be, a kite, a mug, a teapot etc; avoid anything like a clock, a calculator or other items that have words or numbers on make them known).
Two people should stand facing away from each other; one with a piece of paper with an item written on it (ie a kite) and the other facing a flip chart and holding a marker pen.
The idea of the game is that one person describes what they are seeing and the other persons tries to draw it using only what they hear as guidance.
This activity really brings home the importance of accurate and reasoned explanation i.e. if your seeing a ‘kite’ your likely to start by saying “draw a diamond”; is this a diamond jewel or a diamond shape? How big should the diamond be on the sheet of paper?
This activity can have some really funny outcomes; but it emphasises how important it is for a team to work together carefully, and accurately, in order to get the right end result.