Fun Games for Motivating Employees

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During the course of a workday or the time it takes to complete a project, your employees may experience lulls in their motivation. Low motivation leads to poor performance and decreases company productivity, which may affect your bottom line. Implement fun games for motivating your employees so that you maintain productivity and strengthen the cohesion needed for work completion.


Ask your employees to create comedic sketches in which they role-play characters of their choosing. Sketches are a fun way to demonstrate or relay new company information among co-workers and management. For example, a new policy regarding customer service could be acted out between an employee posing as a customer and another employee demonstrating the policy. The best role-playing sketch is decided by employee votes, and the winner receives a prize.


Use contests to keep employees motivated and engaged at your company. Contests may involve teams or individuals working to achieve a goal. For example, if you own a restaurant, challenge your servers to sell a certain number of one particular entree for the night. The prize for the winner of the contest could be a gift card or cash. Or, if you're a manager at a sales company, you could set sales goals for your employees that also involve cash prizes.

Scavenger Hunt

Creating a scavenger hunt for your employees keeps them motivated and on their toes. A scavenger hunt involves collecting specified items until someone collects all of the items first. For example, if you manage an accounting firm, you could challenge your employees to find two or three types of deductions from each customer throughout the week. The first employee to find each type of deduction wins a free lunch or another type of prize. Restaurant employees could be asked to sell one of each drink item on the menu. The first to do so also wins a prize.


Trivia games motivate your employees to keep their minds sharp and to work together to develop an answer. Your company's trivia game could involve a few categories of 10 or 20 questions each. The team at the end of the trivia game with the most correct answers wins a prize or recognition. Trivia may involve company-specific information, general knowledge or a combination of the two. For example, if your company has just implemented a new sales policy, the trivia game could quiz employees about that policy. Ask your employees to form teams and to write their answers on a notepad. After every round is over, your employees hand over their notepads for judging.


About the Author

Aaron Marquis is a University of Texas graduate with experience writing commercials and press releases for national advertising agencies as well as comedy television treatments/stories for FOX Studios and HBO. Marquis has been writing for over six years.

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