Four more benefits of games for team building

Games are educational

Most team building games are new to participants - we haven’t done this sort of thing before. In order to complete the challenges and puzzles, we have to experiment, or at least try new things. Then we get results and feedback, and from this we learn. When we succeed, we’ve learned something new, and feel good about ourselves. When things don’t work out, we learn to adapt - another key skill.

Games make us more creative

The adaptive behaviors we adopt in learning a new game help stimulate the creative (right) sides of our brains, even while we engage in analysis (left-brain) and investigation. This creative stimulus often carries over into problem-solving in the office, in situations where we must (WARNING:  over-used cliche alert) “think outside the box.”

Games make us more socially interactive

In order to accomplish the challenges set out for us in a team building game, we need to work with others - talk, cooperate, find ways to work together. Games provide opportunities for communication and cooperation in a non-threatening environment. Our willingness to become just a little more open and vulnerable with our teammates translates well into improved openness and communication in the work setting.

Games allow for role-shifts

Games allow people to try out shifts in status relationships. The boss in the office might not be the best person to lead the Search Party or interact with “secret agents.” The team’s success might depend on allowing new people to take leadership roles that they might not be used to taking - or that others may not be used to seeing them take. Hmmm. Interesting, isn’t it?

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