Corporate team building games can be a blast! It’s pretty amazing how a simple game can bring your team together, help them connect and get to know each other beyond their job profiles and help employees improve their ability to work as a team. And what better way to break the ice than with tumbling blocks, right?
Last week the Ninestack team got together to play this popular corporate team building game of all time: Corporate Jenga. Corporate Jenga is the perfect team building game for businesses and teams of all sizes.
How is it played?
You might have come across some awfully funny videos of unknowing kids pulling the wrong pieces and collapsing massive Jenga towers on themselves. Corporate Jenga is actually a lot like that. But in addition to the fun of not letting the tower fall over, each time a block is pulled, you get to see your employees play, laugh and learn together. And as neuroscience dictates, laughter triggers the release of endorphins which are the brain chemicals associated with social bonds.
All the employees were divided into three groups and each group was handed a set of around 15 colour coded Jenga blocks. To start off the game, all three groups had to stack their blocks to form a tower. The organising team would then call out certain labels that the team had to remove in order. The corresponding coloured block had to then be carefully removed from its place and shifted to the top of the stack without toppling the structure. The game ends with only a single tower standing.
What did they learn?
The differently labelled wooden blocks were a representation of the different roles, functions and job scopes of each of the employees. Building a structure from the different coloured blocks served to highlight how every sector of the organisation, every team member has to work well together in order to achieve collective goals.
This activity also serves as a brilliant metaphor for how it’s crucial for the various sectors of the organisation to support each other, and how removing or leaving out certain elements can cause things to fall apart.
If you’re not convinced or don’t want to buy the game, here’s a list of alternative corporate building games that we’ve partaken in at our organisation in the past.
What are you waiting for? Go and organize your team’s first icebreaker session today!