"Not another dumb company team-building game," says the displeased employee. Ouch. When this thought crosses your employees' minds, you can pretty much throw the benefits of team bonding games out the window.

Team-building activities and games are supposed to be not only educational but also enjoyable. They help the team learn about each other — how each person thinks, works, solves problems, and has fun. Whether you want to do some new hire orientation icebreakers or just bond your team closer together, there are inventive ways to do this.

To encourage your team to learn about one another without hearing a chorus of groans, below are 13 team-building games your team will want to play over and over again. While many of these games can be tailored as virtual team icebreakers, if you're looking for more inspiration, check out our list of online team-building activities.

We've broken our favorite activities down into three categories, including:

  1. Quick team-building games
  2. Outdoor team-building games
  3. Icebreaker games

Our first set of games are perfect for when you need a fast win. Check out this list of quick team building games: 

13 Awesome Team Building Games 2

This next set of games have an added bonus — they’ll get you and your team outside! Here are a few excellent outdoor team building games: 

13 Awesome Team Building Games 3

Our last set of games are perfect for teams who need a bit of help warming up. These games are guaranteed to help break the ice: 

13 Awesome Team Building Games 4How Wrike fosters team collaboration

Team-building activities help colleagues bond socially — team collaboration software ensures they can work together seamlessly. Wrike brings teams together no matter where they're located with powerful collaboration tools such as:

  • Customizable dashboards to visualize team workload
  • Handy @mentions to cut down on lengthy email chains
  • Real-time proofing and approvals 
  • Version control, so you always have the right files

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