Office Scavenger Hunt Ideas

by Elisabeth Natter - Updated July 26, 2018
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If you are in charge of organizing the next round of workplace games for your company, perhaps an office scavenger hunt is in order. Scavenger hunt ideas for work environments can be focused on building teamwork, learning new skills or just having fun. Interactive and problem-solving games not only provide a fun break from regular daily activities but add relational glue that keeps personnel working well together. Design your games to be completed quickly as a break from the routine or plan a whole day of activities according to your preference and available time.

Get to Know You

Although played by individuals, this game encourages employee interaction, perhaps with workers from various departments. Within a designated amount of time, players must obtain the signature of a fellow employee who can answer "yes" to one question on their list. Questions should be formatted simply, such as, "Can you play an instrument" or "Do you own a blue car?" Players must gather a different name for each question with no repeats. The player with the most signatures wins.

New Hire Hunt

Make the on-boarding of a new hire a fun event, not just the typical first day filled with boring paperwork. A new employee can complete the necessary training goals and paperwork duties as part of an office scavenger hunt designed to have them visit the various departments in your company. A required task may be to review the employee handbook and tell a staff member about three key policies. Meeting the staff may be another task where they are required to introduce themselves and find three people who have traveled overseas.

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Office Scavenger Hunt

In this team building scavenger hunt, players work together to collect office items based on a set of requirements. You can use something straightforward like matching items with the letters of the alphabet or create simple riddles that describe items. Team members gather objects within a specified period, and the team with the most items wins. You may need to guard the supply closet to ensure that only one item is removed at a time to keep things fair. Establish in advance that an item may not be used twice or allow for parts of an object to be counted as separate items. For example, an office chair (letter C) can't be used again as a seat (letter S). However, it may be acceptable to use a pencil (letter P) twice when allowing for its eraser (letter E).

GPS Treasure Hunt

If you want to get out of the office for a day, try a GPS based scavenger hunt that requires participants to solve clues and navigate their way to a hidden treasure. This requires more prep time but serves as a great team-building experience as players must combine their skills and knowledge to solve the clues and complete tasks. You can keep the hunt simple and require teams to solve only basic clues that move them from point-to-point, or you can include more complex tasks. For example, "take a picture of your entire group in front of a park statue" or "buy an item from a small local business and turn in the dated receipt." Be sure to celebrate a fun day with food when the treasure hunt ends.

Bragging Rights and Rewards

No matter which type of workplace game you choose, present some type of award or tangible prize to the winning team. This can be as simple as a trophy or gift cards to a local establishment. A more elaborate expenditure such as a paid lunch at a local restaurant for the winners also creates an additional opportunity for team building. Bragging rights themselves serve to unite team members within an office and establish positive working relationships among individuals.

About the Author

Elisabeth Natter is a business owner and professional writer. She has done public relations work for several nonprofit organizations and currently creates content for clients of her suburban Philadelphia communications and IT solutions company. Her writing is often focused on small business issues and best practices for organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Temple University.

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