Thanks to these office party games, office parties can now be enjoyable events.
Office games are like regular games, only toned down for work. This means they’re perfect for bringing your team together and breaking a little ice.
Important tips when choosing office party games
- Make sure they appeal to everyone. i.e, don’t choose team games only for team players and exclude introverts.
- Always start with an icebreaker, so even the most reluctant will play. Also make sure the game that follows flows naturally from it. That way, people will still join in.
- Avoid gift exchange game or white elephants, which both take too long to complete. They’re not very engaging either.
Belly Balloon Break
This office party game’s played against the clock.
Balloons can only be popped, by being squeezed together between the players’ chests. No touching is allowed. Pair everyone up.
The pair with the most balloons wins.
Steal one item from each person’s desk, then display them at your party.
Now everyone must work out which item belongs to who. Great way to brighten people’s spirits.
Couples Who Am I
Write out the names of each half of famous couples or pairings, on its own Post-It note.
- Stick a Post-it to each person’s back. Now circulating the room, they search for their other half, asking only ‘Yes/no’ questions about who they are.
Write out a list of quotes from well-known movies, e.g. “To infinity and beyond" (Toy Story).
Cut up the list and shuffle in a bowl. A player then pulls out a slip, reads it out and everyone guesses. Whoever guesses the most wins.
- To up the stakes, award extra points to those who can name the character and actor/actress who said the line.
Write down a different ingredient for a burger onto its own Post-It note (or piece of paper). Then tape each note to the back of each player.
Players must now assemble themselves in the order the burger was made.
- Add a competitive vibe, by having two teams play against each other. The first one to finish wins. Make sure you have plenty of space.
Death by Winking
Every player gets a piece of paper — but one gets the paper with ‘M’ on it (for murderer), another for ‘D’ (detective). The rest are marked with ‘V’ (victim).
The detective must find the murderer, who starts “killing" by giving their target a subtle wink. Victims should die, as soon as you’re winked at.
The game ends, when the murderer is found. The fastest detective wins the entire game.
Need a few games for your next office Christmas party?
Guess Whose Job
Got a work story you’re dying to share? This office party game’s for you. It’s also a fun way for people to learn about your job.
Each person writes out two job-related facts on to slips of paper.
Shuffle the papers, with everyone taking two. Players take it in turn to read theirs, leaving everyone to guess their owners. The funnier the stories, the better.
Have everyone stand in a circle. Each player takes it in turns to say “Ha ha", “Ho ho" or “Hee hee".
Anyone who starts laughing is knocked out. Keep the game going, until one person’s left.
Give everyone a minute to write down two true personal facts – and one that isn’t (the lie).
Each person takes it in turn to read out their statement. As they do so, the rest of the team votes on which one they think is the lie. The person with the least number of votes for their lie wins.
If your team is large, break into smaller groups. Have the winners of each compete in a winner’s final.
Name that Song
Plan in advance, by deciding which type of music to use, e.g. by decade or genre. Supply the music and music player to play.
Play the first five seconds of your song. Anyone who knows what it is shouts out the name. The FIRST right answer is the winner.
- Award extra points if the person can sing the next line, and knows who the singer is and year of release.
The player with the most correct answers wins.
Guess Which Movie
Cut up a list of several well-known movie titles. Shuffle the pieces in a bowl.
Pair everyone, then choose the first pair to start.
This pair pulls a paper from the bowl and acts out a scene of the movie written on it.
- Make sure they do so silently; no words or sounds allowed. Everyone else has to guess the movie.
The winner then takes their turn, with their partner. And so on. The game ends when all the pairs are done.
The Statue Game
Make sure to explain the rules, before people begin.
- One person is chosen to be the statue
- At a certain point during the party, this person turns into a statue, in the middle of whatever they were doing
- As people start noticing, they too become statues
- The last person to notice becomes the next statue.
Great fun, especially when people turn into statues in the middle of talking.
Create a bingo card of 25 squares, the center of each containing a statement. Each player gets a card and works the room, asking others for info.
The first player to complete an entire row of squares – either across, diagonal or down – wins.
- Statements could include: has lived in another country, has done karaoke, speaks a second language.
Office Photo Hunt Game
A team building game, everyone will work in pairs to hunt down items provided on a list. Make sure each pair has a digital camera.
Decide in advance which items they’ll look for – and whether your pairs will be hunting inside your workplace or off-site.
- Set a distance limit too. If outside, how far away? If inside, how many floors up or down?
Then set a time limit and send everyone off. The fastest team to complete the whole list is the winner.
The goal of this office party game’s for players to do the opposite of what you ask them.
- For example, you say “walk", then they should stand still
- Or, you say “crouch", and everyone should stand up
Anyone doing what you do ask them to do (i.e. not the opposite action) is out. Last player wins.