A certain big event is happening in Brazil that we cannot actually mention due to sponsorship/trademark rules. However, if you happen to know what we are talking about (and EVERYONE in the world should know about it), then we thought you might want to create your own office fun to get into the spirit. The American spirit. The American spirit of competition and winning.
Here are some fun office games that you can play. But first, make sure everyone picks a country and dresses up; dressing up is half the fun!
Finger Skating is an individual event. Two athletes from each team will compete in a sixty-second typing competition. To do this, find a free timed typing website (like this). Of course using a projector attached to each computer, make sure everyone can watch them type to put the pressure on them! Each competitor has one minute to earn a typing score for both their speed and accuracy. Once all the teams are finished competing, rank them based on their scores.
Rubber Band Archery
Archery is an individual event with two players from each team competing. Provide a pile of rubber bands and draw a target on a whiteboard (or tap a target to the wall). Mark a line on the floor about 12 feet away from the target. Competitors have 60 seconds to grab rubber bands from the pile and shoot them at the target, one at a time. Count the number of times the athlete hits the target. The total number of hits becomes the team’s score for the event. Or, if you want to get fancy, you can have different point for each area of the target.
Collating is a doubles event. Each team is presented with a stack of unfolded numbered pages that have been mixed up. They must rearrange the pages in proper order and staple it. First team wins, with disqualification if pages are out of order. Penalties given for a sloppy job.
Desk Chair Sprint
For this event, create a race course with chalk or tape. Have a section in which they must spin the chair multiple times and use cones (or boxes) throughout the course as obstacles. You will need one office chair with wheels that swivel.
The Desk Chair Sprint is a two person event. One teammate sits in the chair while the other maneuvers the course; then they switch. They each need to complete one lap around the race course, and they are timed for the two laps. For every cone hit by the chair wheel, there will be 2 seconds added to the time.
If you want to raise the stakes, give participants a mug of water in their hand. Team with the most water in their cup at the end gets 5 seconds taken off their time.
The Staple Pull
Participants are given a staple remover and a piece of card stock with 25 embedded staples. Points are awarded to the participant who pulls out the most staples without damaging the card stock
Paper Airplane “Javelin”
Each participant must make a paper airplane. They then have to “javelin” throw it. Furthest airplane wins.
What would an office event like this be without awards? Everyone can be proud of their effort, but there will always be winners and losers.
What other office events have you played? Share in the comments. Bonus points if you share a link to a video of your office competing!
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