28 Captivating Corporate Team Building Games

Corporate Team Building Games

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” Or so they say. But they also say that team conflict can be more toxic to a work environment than low pay or long commutes. It’s no wonder team building is such a hot topic.

We’ve written previously about team outing ideas like treetops courses and trampoline parks, and how to build a team building activity that doesn’t earn sighs office-wide. Now, we’re getting down to the nitty gritty with 28 truly enjoyable team building games for the modern office. Ready to play? Away we go…

Corporate Team Building Games

PowerPoint Improv

Ideal Group Size: 10+

Budget: $

Setting: Indoors

Equipment Required: Projector and screen or large TV monitor

Prep Time: Several hours

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Physical component: None

If you think your heart races leading up to a presentation you’ve prepared for all week, imagine the feeling of being thrown into one you know nothing about! In this challenge, participants are tasked with pitching a compelling narrative using a (humor-packed) slide deck they’ve never seen. As each slide is unveiled, the participant must attempt to explain it while keeping a straight face.

Let’s Make a (Desk Drawer) Deal

Ideal Group Size: 10-50

Budget: $$

Setting: Indoors

Equipment Required: Prizes

Prep Time: 2 hours + prize sourcing

Time Required: 1 hour

Physical component: Minor

The game show that took the country by storm in the 1960s is about to take over your office. A couple of weeks in advance, block your team’s calendars with a “special meeting.” Then without warning, announce the start of Let’s Make a Deal: Office Edition. Offer prizes to the first person to locate an obscure oddball item in their desk drawer and turn it into a designated location. Prepare for some serious sprinting.

Corporate Team Building Games

Giant Board Game Tournament

Ideal Group Size: 20-50

Budget: $$$

Setting: Large indoor or outdoor area

Equipment Required: Giant board games

Prep Time: 0 (assuming professional setup)

Time Required: 2-8 hours

Physical Component: Minor

Think a board game tournament sounds fun? Imagine scaling it up a notch or ten. Giant board games make any game tourney a (giant) hit in no time.

Recycling Bin Egg Drop

Ideal Group Size: 5+

Budget: $

Setting: Indoor assembly + outdoor testing

Equipment Required: Eggs and various containers and supplies

Prep Time: Supply gathering

Time Required: 1-3 hours

Physical Component: None

There’s a reason the egg drop has been a fan favorite of the Boy Scouts for decades. The challenge (to create a contraption that keeps raw eggs from cracking when dropped from a rooftop) adapts perfectly to a team setting. Provide access to any materials participants can find in your office recycling. Then let your colleagues work in teams before testing their creations from your rooftop.

Corporate Team Building Games

Sunken Balloon

Ideal Group Size: Any

Budget: $

Setting: Indoors

Equipment Required: Large plastic tubs, latex balloons, bricks, paperclips, string, glue, and/or other various sinking supplies.

Prep Time: 1-2 hours

Time Required: 30 minutes

Physical Component: Minimal

The ingredients are simple: a container of water and an inflated balloon. But the task isn’t easy: make the balloon sink using only the materials provided to them. The first team to get the balloon to sink on its own without popping wins.

Blind Artist

Ideal Group Size: 10-25

Budget: $

Setting: Indoors

Equipment Required: Paper, pens, and pre-printed drawings/images

Prep Time: 1 hour

Time Required: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Physical Component: None

Similar to telephone Pictionary, Blind Artist gives each member of a pair of participants a card with a drawing on it. Facing back-to-back, the partner must describe the drawing to their partner, who in turn must draw the image on a piece of paper. Blindfolded. The results are displayed with their original clue for all to see (and mock).

Celebrity

Ideal Group Size: 15-30

Budget: $

Setting: Indoors or Outdoors

Equipment Required: Strips of paper and pens

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Time Required: 1 hour

Physical Component: Moderate

In the classic game of Celebrity, participants write down the name of a celebrity and enter it into a fishbowl. One by one, contestants draw a name from the fishbowl and describe the celeb. Two teams try to guess who each is. In the following rounds, the celebrity is described using charades and nothing but a single word.

Corporate Team Building Games

Human Foosball

Ideal Group Size: 12-30 (Play in groups of 12-15)

Budget: $$$$

Setting: Parking lot or Field

Equipment Required: Inflatable Foosball Set

Prep Time: 0

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Physical Component: High

You’ve never seen Foosball like this. Our mega-sized inflatable foosball set turns any field or parking lot into an instant, life-sized fun fest. Perfect for offices of around 15-30, the game is like soccer if you never had to move from your position.

Dewey Decimal System

Ideal Group Size: Less than 40

Budget: $

Setting: Meeting room

Equipment Required: None

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Time Required: 5-15 minutes

Physical Component: Moderate

Looking for a five-minute team building game for the start of your next meeting? Give sorting a chance. Have your colleagues sort themselves according to unfamiliar criteria, like a city of birth from East to West, or middle name from A to Z. You’ll learn something new about each other while getting on your feet for a few minutes.

Dunking of the Divisions

Ideal Group Size: Any

Budget: $$$

Setting: Outdoors

Equipment Required: Dunk Tank

Prep Time: 0 (Professional Setup)

Time Required: 15 minutes

Physical Component: None for onlookers; moderate for participants.

Want to put some fuel on those lighthearted interoffice team rivalries? Attach a unique incentive to their next sales goal: dunking the opposing division’s lead in the company parking lot. Both sides will get a laugh, and all will enjoy stepping outside for the day.

Celebrity for a Day

Ideal Group Size: Any

Budget: $

Setting: Office

Equipment Required: None

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Time Required: Full Day (with business as usual)

Physical Component: None

For this team building game, assign five of your colleagues a famous business person or celebrity to channel for the day. Without using a costume or accent, give them the task of going through their day as the designated star. At the end of the day, have the office guess who was channeling whom.

Action Movie Alarmist

Ideal Group Size: 10-20

Budget: $

Setting: Office

Equipment Required: String. Lots of string.

Prep Time: 3-4 hours

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Physical Component: High

We’ve all seen the action movie star, navigating their way through the red lasers at the museum they’re about to rob. Set up a simulation using red yard strung around the office. Participants must get to their desks, lunchroom, or meeting without “tripping” the wires. How will you know? Jingle bells, of course.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Ideal Group Size: Any

Budget: $$$

Setting: Office or Restaurant

Equipment Required: None

Prep Time: 0 (Professional Staffing)

Time Required: 1-3 hours

Physical Component: None

The murder mystery dinner has a new home: lunch! Hire a team of pros to deliver some drama to your lunch hour. Our professional event planners can help you find a knockout caterer and a team of well-received actors to turn your day at the office into a day at the theatre.

Tied Up Puzzle Patrol

Ideal Group Size: Any (even numbers)

Budget: $

Setting: Inside

Equipment Required: Puzzles, handkerchiefs

Prep Time: Supply procurement

Time Required: 1 hour

Physical Component: Minor

Who says puzzles can’t elicit a laugh? Bind pairs of (willing) contestants at the wrists, then task each pair with collaborating to assemble matching puzzles. The first pair to complete their puzzle wins (and likely gets a valuable lesson in communication along the way.)

Corporate Team Building Games

Human Billiards

Ideal Group Size: X-X

Budget: $$$$

Setting: Field or parking lot

Equipment Required: Inflatable Billiards Set

Prep Time: 0 (Professional Setup)

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Physical Component: High

It’s pool time! No, not the swimming pool. An no, not the billiards table collecting dust at the local pub. We’re talking life-sized, sun-soaked billiards that will have jaws dropping and laughs flying. Our giant human billiards set requires 30’ x 17’ of space and can be delivered nationwide.

The Sprinting Architects

Ideal Group Size: Any

Budget: $$

Setting: Indoors

Equipment Required: Legos

Prep Time: 2-3 hours

Time Required: 30 minutes – 1 hour

Physical Component: Moderate

Get ready to communicate! In this hands-on game, pairs of contestants are given two separate tasks. The “runner” is tasked with viewing a pre-assembled Lego contraption and relaying each detail to a “builder” who must replicate the creation without a single glimpse. The first pair to accurately replicate the contraption wins.

Corporate Team Building Games

“Yes, and…”

Ideal Group Size: 10-20

Budget: $

Setting: Indoors

Equipment Required: None

Prep Time: None

Time Required: 20 – 30 minutes

Physical Component: None

It’s the secret refrain of any good improv group, and it’s a fabulous lesson in working together as a team. It’s called “Yes, and…” and it’s the verbal baton that two collaborating storytellers pass between one another. For this team building exercise, position a team of colleagues at the front of the room and give them a starting topic. Each gets just one sentence before passing the story to the next participant who must take over using the words, “yes and…”

Corporate Team Building Games

The Breakroom Book

Ideal Group Size: Any

Budget: $

Setting: Breakroom

Equipment Required: Large journal, sketchbook, or notebook

Prep Time: 15 minutes per day

Time Required: 5 minutes per day

Physical Component: None

Just because the day isn’t designated as a “team building day” doesn’t mean you can’t build camaraderie. The “breakroom book” is a journal placed in a common area and updated each day with a new question for employees to answer on their own time. Colleagues get to see their coworkers’ responses and learn something they didn’t know.

Corporate Team Building Games

Frisbee Golf

Ideal Group Size: 8-30

Budget: $$

Setting: Field

Equipment Required: Frisbee golf set, open space

Prep Time: 1-2 hours for setup

Time Required: 1-5 hours

Physical Component: High

It’s golf, but more active. Frisbee golf combines the “holes” of golf with the flinging fun of frisbee. Singles, doubles, or teams take to the great outdoors to enjoy the sun and a bit of competition.

Two Truths and a Lie

Ideal Group Size: Less than 20

Budget: $

Setting: Meeting or other pre-planned event

Equipment Required: None

Prep Time: 0

Time Required: 10-30 minutes

Physical Component: None

Think you knew everything there was to know about your colleagues? This game will test it. Each participant writes down two little-known facts about themselves, along with one made-up tidbit. Colleagues must guess which is real and which is fake.

Find the Pattern

Ideal Group Size: 6-12, split into two teams

Budget: $

Setting: Indoors

Equipment Required: Any miscellaneous items

Prep Time: 1-2 hours

Time Required: 15-30 minutes

Physical Component: None

What do these things have in common? That’s the question at hand in “Find the Pattern.” As the organizer, gather a slew of items from around the office and sort them in an unusual, non-obvious way. Perhaps its lining them up in order of company headquarters West to East. Two teams compete to solve the riddle first and win the game.

Corporate Team Building Games

Hungry Hungry (Lifesize) Hippo

Ideal Group Size: 4-20 (Play in groups of 4)

Budget: $$$$

Setting: Field or Parking Lot

Equipment Required: Hippo Chow Down inflatable

Prep Time: 0 (Professional Setup)

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Physical Component: High

You hungry? These hippos are. Our Hippo Chow Down inflatable brings the childhood favorite to life. Four participants enter the inflatable, lunging at play balls to gather as many as possible before time runs out.

Reverse Charades

Ideal Group Size: Any

Budget: $

Setting: Indoors or Outdoors

Equipment Required: None

Prep Time: None

Time Required: 15 minutes – 1 hour

Physical Component: Moderate

The miming game we all know and (sometimes) love has been flipped on its head in this hilarious activity. Only one colleague is tasked with identifying the clue as acted out by everyone else in the room.

Darts for a Cause

Ideal Group Size: X-X

Budget: $$$

Setting: Indoor area free of obstruction

Equipment Required: Electronic Darts Set

Prep Time: 0 (Professional Setup)

Time Required: 1-3 hours

Physical Component: Moderate

Everybody loves a good game of darts. Throw in a good cause and you’ve got a recipe for a grand ole’ time. Offer employees a break from work for the afternoon in exchange for a modest donation to a designated charitable cause. The ultimate winner receives a trophy and a charitable donation made in their name.

Jacob’s Ladder Balance-Off

Ideal Group Size: 20-30 (Play in Pairs)

Budget: $$$

Setting: Field or Parking Lot

Equipment Required: Inflatable Jacob’s Ladder

Prep Time: 0 (Professional Assembly)

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Physical Component: High

Bring the classic theme park challenge to your office! Our Inflatable Jacob’s Ladder pits two willing contestants against one another in a battle of physical strength and balance. Create a bracket of champions who play one another until the ultimate balancing act is discovered.

The Impossible Assignment

Ideal Group Size: Any

Budget: $-$$

Setting: Office

Equipment Required: Varies with challenge

Prep Time: 1-2 hours

Time Required: 1 hour

Physical Component: None-Moderate

We’ve all been given an assignment we thought was “impossible” from time to time. In this game, it really is. Almost. Task participants with something foreign to the modern worker, such as booking a ride to a nearby coffee shop without using a smartphone, phone book, or computer. The first to complete the task wins. That childhood friend whose landline they’ve never forgotten is about to come in quite handy.

Laser Tag

Ideal Group Size: Up to 20

Budget: $$$

Setting: Outdoors

Equipment Required: Laser tag set

Prep Time: 0 (Professional setup)

Time Required: 1-2 hours

Physical Component: High

Laser tag, outside? Yep. Our 20-gun Laser tag set comes with 8 bunkers and is staffed by a real live game coach. You pick your outdoor location, we’ll bring the gear, and your colleagues will return home even more unified.

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