Few managers would rate boosting productivity as an easy task at work. There are ways to do it though. These can involve playing games at work that offer incentives to employees as a reward and encourage teamwork. Most of them are simple to teach to employees and offer a bit if fun as well.

The Building Game

Everyone is assigned teams by drawing a number out of a hat. The teams are given the same number of blocks. Those blocks must be placed together by each team to create a structure. That structure must stand up and be steady when completed. The first team to build the sturdiest structure first wins.

Drawing Game

Again, break the team into two groups and give a drawing to one side of the team. Have them sit to where they can not see one another or the picture they are trying to create. The side without the picture has to draw what the first person is describing correctly working as a team. The first side that gets it done first accurately, wins.

Human Knot

The group stands in a circle facing one another. Everyone should be side by side. If the group is large, have them break them into smaller groups and work together. Each person should reach out the right hand and connect with another person. Then, put out the left hand and grab another random person. The goal of the circle is to dis-connect themselves without releasing hands through communication.


This game requires going outside on a nice day. Hide things in a square space. Break the group up into two groups. Blindfold one group and pair them up randomly. One group without the blindfold gets the directions to find the hidden things. Have the people work together in these couples to find all of the items that are hidden.


Break the group into teams and hand them a puzzle set. They must work as a team to create the puzzle in a time frame as quiet as possible. Pints taken away when one person controls the game. The rules are to “work together.”

Sinking Ship

Place a piece of tape and place it across the middle of the room. Groups the workers into two groups. Each group is on one side of the tape line on the floor. A robe is handed to the group. All members hold the rope at their point of the room. Now, tape a line around the groups feet on each side of the middle tape on the floor. The objective is to keep inside of that “boat” on their side while the other team tried to pull them out of their “boat.” The winners are the team that holds steady and is not pulled out of their “boat.”

All of those games grant the winning team time off for an extra break. It’s incentives that can drive the team to work together. Then, take this same idea and create individual awards for accomplishment of a goal in daily assignments for the job. This can help the employees to work towards goals and enhance productivity.

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