Use These Teamwork Games to Refocus Employees After Layoffs
Downsizing and layoffs happen. Sometimes it is unavoidable. When it does teamwork games can help refocus and energize your core employees. Find out how here!
Layoffs are understandably devastating to the employees who find themselves out of work, but they can also be demoralizing to those who are left behind.
After a company lays off workers, the remaining employees might be nervous that the same fate will befall them. This anxiety can lead to productivity issues, a decline in collaboration, and flagging morale.
Teamwork games may be just what your company needs to rally the troops and help employees refocus.
Team Building Activities Get A Bad Rap
Say “team building” to any office worker, and they’re likely to respond by rolling their eyes.
Sometimes supervisors who want their team to bond (or worse, who has been told by a higher-up to implement bonding exercises) turn to Google for ideas. This leads to silly activities like trust falls, enforced sharing of personal topics, or even dangerous events like rock climbing or bungee jumping.
…and Rightfully So, In Some Cases
The problem? These activities violate employees’ personal space, dignity, or sense of safety. It’s one thing to push people out of their comfort zone, but it’s another thing altogether to embarrass them or put them at risk.
Another issue is that team days sometimes infringe on workers’ free time. Most junior- and mid-level employees don’t want to visit a ropes course on Saturday or spend Thursday night at a casino event.
It may seem counterproductive, but holding team building activities during office hours is actually smart. This gives employees a break from the day-to-day routine. If they don’t enjoy the activities, then at least they’re being paid; if they do have fun, so much the better.
What Kind of Teamwork Games Work Best?
It’s important to level the playing field, if you’ll pardon the cliché (and the pun).
Any kind of athletic competition will alienate those who aren’t active by nature, not to mention any disabled employees. Karaoke, role-playing, and other performance-type activities are a nightmare for introverts.
Enter game-show style team building.
Popular television game shows, like Minute to Win It, Family Feud, and Wheel of Fortune — adapted for the workplace — are an ideal option for teamwork activities.
These types of games are much more egalitarian in nature. Anyone can play Family Feud or Wheel of Fortune, and anyone can win. They also lend themselves to collaboration, wherein gregarious team members can be spokespeople for the group, while shy folks can hang back but still contribute.
Best of All, They’re Fun
Who hasn’t dreamed of being on a game show, calling out the correct answer or beating the clock?
Working together to guess the puzzle or complete the challenge is exciting and enjoyable, even for people of diverse backgrounds. And since it’s all for fun, there’s absolutely no pressure.
There are many benefits to playing games as a team: fostering collaboration, encouraging creative problem-solving, and boosting trust among a group of employees. Perhaps most important of all? Having some laughs together can help your workers blow off some steam, which exactly what’s needed after layoffs.
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