There’s no doubting it. Working life is changing. Interacting with co-workers is no longer just a 9-5 thing. Sticking around after hours to play games and engage in other recreational activities has become the new norm.
Playing games at the office wasn’t typical practice a few decades ago, but many companies are now beginning to see the benefits of post-work hangouts. It is not only great for team building, but it can also lead to improved efficiency during working hours.
When it comes to games at the workplace, it is important that you choose the right ones. Something like Cards Against Humanity
could ruffle a few feathers, and that can lead to some awkward moments come Monday morning. Save that one for close friends. Here are 3 fun and appropriate games to play at the workplace:
Apples to Apples
Like Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples is a comparison card game, except more G. Everyone starts off with 7 red cards that have a noun printed on one side. The dealer then flips over a green card that contains an adjective. Each player chooses a red card that they believe best corresponds with the green card and places it face down on the table. The dealer then picks what they think is the best match and rewards the person that green card. The player with the highest number of green cards in the end wins. This game can get pretty hilarious pretty quickly, and is a great way to get to know another side of someone.
is a card game that contains slightly over 100 cards. Each card depicts an invention on one side, and on the other side reads the year that the invention was invented. Players take turns placing down cards in what they hope is chronological order. Once all the cards are placed in a row, they are flipped, and the true order is revealed. It is the perfect game for any history buff, but that doesn’t mean you need to be one to play. In fact, it’s more fun if you’re not. Mistakes can lead to interesting discoveries and create stimulating discussions.
A game counsel has become a hallmark of the modern office. Where there’s a Nintendo, there’s Mario Kart. Why not see who has some old tricks up their sleeves with an evening racing session? Playing video games is a great way to burn off some steam after a long day of work, and a trip down memory lane is sure to be a great bonding experience. Put your gaming skills to the test!
It pays to get to know your co-workers. You’re with them 36+ hours a week, after all. You might have more in common than you think, and what better way to find that out than with some good old fashioned games. Strengthening relationships outside of work can make the work day much more enjoyable.