Employee Appreciation Games

You might know in your heart that you appreciate your staff, but unless you show it every now and then, no one else will. Employees who feel appreciated have a better attitude at work. Employee appreciation games can show your appreciation for your staff and spark new life in what could be a routine day. Don’t think of the games as time wasters. If done right, they could improve employee morale and output.

Online Trivia

Develop an online trivia game that employees can play at their desks, according to SocialPoint. The trivia game could be about your company, which would have the added benefit of giving workers a better understanding of the business. One option is to give a large prize at the end to whoever has the most points. Other options are to have rounds and give a prize for the winner of each round, or give a small prize to whoever gets the first correct answer each time.

"Minute to Win It"

Take your cue from the NBC television show “Minute to Win It,” which features 60-second games that sound easy but really aren’t. Sometimes the show features office games – perfect for your employee appreciation game days. “Office Maximus” involves knocking over three reams of paper by bouncing a rubber band ball from a distance of 16 feet. In “Office Tennis,” two people use clipboards as racquets and volley a crumpled piece of paper toward its final wastebasket destination. There's a wide variety of game options to choose from, according to SignUpGenius.

Beautiful Baby

While not necessarily designed for the office, guess the baby face game has proved to be fun for adults, and some transfer well. In the game “Guess the Baby Photo," employees bring in a photo from when they were 12 months or younger and post it on a bulletin board. Employees try to guess which photo goes with which staff member, writing their answers down on paper. The person with the most correct answers wins.

Work Songs

A variation of another popular baby shower game, “The Baby Song List Game” can be changed to feature songs about work. Employees are given a time limit to come up with as many titles of songs they know with a work theme. Some examples could be, “Take This Job And Shove It" by Johnny Paychek, “Back On The Chain Gang,” by the Pretenders and “She Works Hard For The Money” by Donna Summer. Give one point for each song, and an additional point for each correct artist.