If you are singing “It’s Friday, Friday, Gotta get down on Friday” in Rebecca Black’s not-so-amicable voice while on your way to the office, then there’s another reason to cheer. It’s not just any Friday today, it’s International Fun At Work Day. Hurray! It is a legit commemorative day and no, we did not just make that up. So what’s all the hullabaloo about? Well, as the name suggests, it’s that time of the year when you try to make amends with your brutish boss and your ever-gossiping colleagues and simply have fun. The idea is to keep all the work aside, albeit for an hour or so and celebrate this day with maximum joy. This is also a great day to build team spirit and rapport. Hence, we bring you five epic games that you can play with your colleagues on this much awaited day.
It’s a pretty basic game that involves a group of people divided into two teams or more. A member of each team comes forward to draw (on the whiteboard) a word. This word could be anything, from banana, apples to help, stable, fatigue, and the list could go on. The team has to guess this word within an agreed upon time period or else they lose. The other way to play this is guess as many words as possible obviously within a given time. You could use a random word generator for this.
Similar to Pictionary or dumb charades, you have to guess the given word. But here is the twist – you have to enact each letter of the word. You cannot draw or say (duh!) the letter out loud. You have to use your body to form letters. This is a must-try game, especially if you haven't play it before.
You would really, completely enjoy mafia if you have a large group of people to play it with. Let’s say you have a group of 13 people in your living room. Roles must be assigned to each person in secret or draw chits. There will be 3 mafia, 1 detective, 1 doctor, 1 narrator, and 8 civilians. Everyone must sure that they are all kept under wraps.The game itself is divided into two phases: Day and Night. During the night, everyone keeps his or her eyes closed until the narrator awakens each role beginning with the mafia, then the doctor, then the detective. But who are each of these roles and what do they do?
The narrator is a moderator who doesn't really participate in the game. He asks questions to each role – Whom do you want to kill? – for the mafia, Whom do you wanna save? – for the doctor and Whom do you wanna know about? – for the Detective. During the day time, it’s all about accusing each other of being the mafia. The civilians must nominate a person they want to kill. Only when the majority is convinced the person is the mafia, that person is killed. He isn't allowed to reveal his identity nor speak thereafter. In the second phase of the night cycle, the narrator awakens the doctor who has the save a person. The narrator then awakens the mafia and pops him the question. The same is done for the detective. The game repeats itself and ends when either all of the civilians or mafia are dead.
Truth and lies
This one is really interesting. Gather in a circle with everyone facing the center. Each player has to note down two truths and one lie (preferably stuff pertaining to the workplace) about himself and pool it in with the rest of the chits. Pick up a random chit of paper and choose someone to reveal the three pieces of information. Allow rest of the group to confer what is true and what is a lie. This is a great team-building exercise.
Name the staff
A fairly simple game where all you need is a pen and a piece of paper. Write your name piece of paper and put in a hat. Choose a chit randomly and describe the employee to his fellow colleagues using just words. To make it more interesting, stick to limited words.
Have fun and don’t forget to share it with your friends!