About the Corporate Playbook

Fun Office Games for Any Occasion: Icebreakers, Energizers, and More


          Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid, but our Playworks’ Playbook isn’t just for kids! Many of our games are fun for all ages, so we compiled them into the Playworks Corporate Playbook with some grown-up modifications to suit any office.

          Why are office games important? It is hard for kids to focus at school, and adults struggle with this same problem at work. Over 90% of educators at our schools agree that Playworks increases cooperation between students, the ability to focus in class, the use of conflict resolution strategies, and feelings of inclusion. The same concepts are applicable at the corporate level, as employees are more likely to be fully engaged at work if they are having fun. Investing a little time on fun activities can significantly improve office morale and contribute to future company success.

          Our Corporate Playbook offers games for every occasion: icebreakers for getting to know your coworkers, Minute Moves & Energizers to liven up meetings, indoor cooperative games for your next office break, and outdoor cooperative games for the next time your team needs some fresh air. Whether these games are used as 10 minute breaks in the day, or are organized into an office game-day a few times per year, it is a fun and easy way to excite the office. Simple rewards like competing for food incentives are always good motivators. Who wouldn’t want to have fun or earn free food at the office?

This blog highlights one game per week and offers insightful suggestions on how to best incorporate these games into an office setting. Have fun with these games and make sure to share with your friends!

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Relay Lock Race

Relay Lock Race

Outdoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: None

How to Play:

  • In pairs, stand back-to-back and interlock both arms.
  • Without letting go, both people must make their way to the designated marker and back as fast as possible.
  • To turn into a team relay race, once the first pair gets back to the line, the next pair on the team must go in the same manner.

Trust your partner to master the sideways walk in this cooperative game. This is great for an office break while also strengthening teamwork and trust.

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Playground Story of the Week

A positive playground story from Coach Andres

Playworks has the power to bring out the best in every kid! Fun and safe play can positively impact each student’s development, no matter his or her background. The following story shows how inclusive play at recess was able to significantly boost the confidence of a quiet student.


          A student who I will call David is 5th grade student with a certain disability that causes him to be very quiet. He rarely speaks to anyone or says more than 3 words to anybody besides his guardian. So naturally, it is difficult for him to play games with others during recess. Early in the school year his guardian asked if I could try to get him involved with other students during recess time and play any kind of game. Every day during recess for the next 3 weeks I would ask David to join the game being played at the time; these games range from four square to tag to basketball. His response would be either a simple “No” or he would stay quiet and walk away from me. Finally after 3 weeks, he agreed to play a game of basketball with me and other students. It was easy to tell that he was having a great time and getting along with all the other students. Ever since that day, on his own, he talked to more students during recess and even occasionally asked me to play basketball with him. He still has his quiet days where he doesn’t want to talk or play with anyone, but there are more days he is very outgoing.

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Three-legged Race

tThree-legged Race

Outdoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: String/tape/other binding material

How to Play:

  • Pair up and tie your adjacent legs together with string, tape, or any sufficient material laying around the office.
  • Hobble to a designated marker and back as fast as possible.
  • To turn into a team relay race, once the first pair gets back to the line, the next pair on the team must go in the same manner.

Being attached by the leg is sure to establish a stronger bond with your partner in this game. Cooperate and coordinate your movements for the best results. Who knew walking could be this difficult!

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Tuesday’s Taste of the Corporate Playbook: Bookworm

Bookworm

Outdoor Cooperative Game

Length of Activity: 5 minutes

Required materials: 1 Book/notepad for each team

How to Play:

  • Form teams and line up with a designated marker across the field.
  • One at a time, race to a marker and back while balancing a book on your heads (without using hands to touch the book).
  • Whenever the book falls, you must freeze and place the book back on your head before continuing.
  • The first team with all its members back in line wins.

See who has the best balance in the office with this fun relay race. This game puts more emphasis on balance than speed, so choose your teams wisley! This cooperative game perfect for a fun and easy office break.

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Playground Story of the Week

A positive playground story from Coach Michael

Playworks provides various after school leagues to give students additional opportunities for safe and inclusive play, focusing on just one sport. These leagues teach skills for each specific sport, while also teaching important team-building and developmental skills. The following story demonstrates how these leagues are truly important for helping students new to the game gain confidence in trying new things.


          One of the coolest things about Playworks Leagues is seeing the growth from the first game to the last. Girls’ Basketball especially was a great time this year. One particular girl who I will call Samantha, was very shy and felt intimidated for the first two games. It was hard even to get a smile out of her. It seemed she lacked confidence in herself, making it difficult for her to move around, call for the ball, or take shots to the hoop.

          It wasn’t until the third practice/game when she really started to shine. Something ignited in her and she became much more comfortable being a part of the team. From that point on, she was moving up and down the court, making herself open for passes, and even shooting the ball when she got the chance. I could see she was trying her best, getting rid of any uncertainties, worries, or nervousness. It felt like I had a completely new player on the team! It was awesome to witness such success in someone who started out feeling so unsure of herself.

          For the rest of the season, she ended up being one of the best players on the team. She was making plays and was always there for her teammates. The turn around from week one to the final week was huge, and I was happy to be a part of it. This is why Playworks Leagues are so important: she is now more outgoing, all around happier, and I am sure she will continue to shine as the years go by.

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