If you organize corporate parties or are another overworked Human Resource Executive, this article is for you.
Today’s office work culture demands engagement and fun. It’s not just a policy requirement, but also imperative to keep employees motivated.
What drives employees to come to work, results in higher output and revenue. So in a way, to cause this domino effect, corporate events are really important.
But, you can’t have the same event every week or month. It requires creativity each time and we are here to help you with that.
Here’s a long list of office event ideas so you never have to think for hours to organize one.
1. Escape Room
There’s something about solving puzzles and mysteries together that brings people close.
Putting your employees together in a fun yet stressful situation together makes it a wonderful activity.
And don’t think that you must go for an escape room nearby. You can even go for virtual escape rooms.
2. Scavenger Hunt
This event can be as simple as hiding a pair of scissors and asking your employees to retrieve it.
Or you can spice it up by hiding gift cards with clues.
3. Cooking class
Get in touch with the nearest bakery or hotel management institute. Ask them if they’re available to give a cooking class.
This way, the employees get to learn a new skill. And those who aren’t too interested get to eat delicious outcomes of the class.
4. Movie Screening Office Event Ideas
Ask your employees what they do to unwind after long hours of work. I’m sure many will say that they watch movies or some series.
So, why not bring it to them? Here’s a list of movies that most people will like.
5. Notebook/card-making Workshop
Here’s a workshop idea where you won’t need to hire an external resource person.
Learn notebook/card-making online and provide employees with a fun creative experience.
Another great idea here would be to turn waste papers into notebooks. Offices generate a lot of paper waste in the form of one-sided printouts, so this would be a great way to flip it!
6. Food Festival
You’d be surprised to know how simple it is to recreate a mini-food festival with the help of local vendors.
Small vendors, home bakers, and caterers are in abundance here. You can create a wonderful buffet-style or live-cooking food festival for your employees to enjoy.
9. Silent Disco
Got a co-working space or an office with too many rules against loud music?
Worry not, you can still give employees a disco experience on office grounds.
You just need lots of headphones tuned into a common channel so people enjoy the same music together.
8. Family Office Event Ideas
Work-life balance is something every employee desires.
And a big part of that “life” is family. So dedicate a day to bringing the two together.
Create an event to which the whole family is invited. It could be a simple buffet or an award show.
It could also be as simple as “bring-you-family” to office day.
9. New Cuisine Day
Want to spice up a regular company dinner?
Here’s a simple way, choose a cuisine!
For example, your could be having “Ethiopian Day” or “Lebanese Day” and taking your employees out to feast on that cuisine.
The best office event ideas come from what we used to enjoy as a child.
So, here’s another one of those. Pack sandwiches and juices and take your employees out in the sun.
Enjoy a good picnic with no work conversations.
11. Office Olympics
Friendly competition never hurts. So, have this event with fun games like basketball matches, racing, shooting, or any other sports facility in the vicinity.
12. Award Show
This is one of those office event ideas that shoots two birds with one stone. It is a way to appreciate your employees and have a fun event all at once.
We recommend hiring an emcee to make the event engaging.
13. Decorate The Office Day
Here’s a crafty way to engage your employees inside the office premises.
You will need to go shopping for craft supplies. Chart paper, scissors, staples, glue, magazines, origami, and markers must be there.
Then, give your employees the creative freedom to decorate the office in any way they’d like.
Go for temporary decor especially if it’s a rented space.
14. Talent Show Open Mic
Let the employees have the center stage and showcase whatever talent they may hold.
It can be anything, from dancing to poetry. You let them be what they would’ve been if they weren’t in the corporate world.
15. Go for Tastings
Don’t want to go for a regular old meal.
Worry not! Find which part of your city offers any of these tastings:
And anything else that’s out of the box!
16. Group Workout
In the corporate world, fitness is the first thing with which people struggle.
So, give your employees a group workout experience.
We highly recommend a Zumba session because that’s something most people will enjoy.
17. Murder Mystery
Sign up for the nearest murder mystery game!
And fret not, there are digital versions to this too. You can even purchase a murder mystery game.
18. Swap Department
This is one of the more low-effort office event ideas. It requires you to swap one or more team members from each department.
For example, a person from the HR team goes to the finance team for a few hours and vice versa.
This will help your employees understand the struggles of other departments while also getting to know them better.
19. Bring Your Pet To The Office Day
Seeing your pet’s sad reaction every time you leave for work isn’t a great site.
So, let’s change that. This event will require your employees to bring their furry friends to the office (as long as they’re friendly pets).
Those who don’t have pets, still have a good time playing with others’ pets.
20. Volunteering Office Event Ideas
This event can have multiple causes behind it. You can partner up with NGOs nearby for any of the following:
- Feeding the underprivileged
- Cleanliness drive
- Clothes distribution drive
- Service at an old age home
21. Haunted Place Tour
This one will make the adventurous ones in the office really excited.
Take them to a haunted spot in the city or the suburbs followed by a team dinner.
22. Amusement Park
Take them for fun rides at the nearest amusement park. You may want to contact the amusement park in advance in case they offer special discounts for large groups.
23. Theatre Performances
When the other office event ideas start seeming a little too repetitive, look here.
Theatre performances aren’t something people go for usually, especially in India. So, this will make for a refreshing experience.
24. Speed Dating
If your office has a large crowd, this event would be fun to execute. You need to arrange the chairs parallelly.
Make random pairs sit in front of one another and one row gets to move to the left chair every two minutes.
This may or may not bloom into a new office romance. But, those two minutes of conversation will definitely help people get to know each other better.
25. Educational Office Event Ideas
Hire a professional in the niche to host a masterclass and teach your employees a new skill.
̛It can also be a life skill or communication skill to break the monotony of working all the time.
Now, this is a game we’ve played a lot in school. You can make it even more fun in the office by including a lucrative prize.
27. Orchard Office Event Ideas
Bring your employees closer to nature with this. Take them to a farm or an orchard.
Do look at the activities they offer. Simple activities like fruit picking and even experiencing farm life would make for a great office event.
28. Spiritual Office Event Ideas
Ask the employees to come in comfortable stretchy clothes. Then, organize a group yoga session!
29. Spa day
If it’s a small team going for the office event, you could take them on this relaxing retreat. Let them have a spa experience.
Recreate a casino experience with card games and roulette.
31. Live Music
Invite an indie band to perform at your event. Make it the star of the show alongside great food.
32. Mixology Class
This is the most fun workshop idea out of all the ones we’ve put on the list.
Through this, not only will the employees learn how to make delicious cocktails but also get to taste the end product.
33. Standup Comedy
If there’s anything that’s going to make you forget the work blues, it’s a good comedy act.
And there are many up-and-coming comedians who would love a gig.
34. Sushi Making Class
This globally loved dish has one too many variants. It also requires skillful preparation. Your employees will learn the art and also taste this delicacy once it’s done.
35. Plantation Drive
You could be having an office outing and helping the earth with this idea. You may collaborate with an NGO to ease the process.
Else, you need lots of saplings and an empty plot of land. Peepal and neem make for excellent plants for such plantation drives.
36. Fashion Show
Ask your employees to turn up in their fanciest prettiest clothes. Then, the ones who flaunt it the best in the ramp walk, take home goodies.
Here’s a fun idea your employees won’t be expecting. For this, you’ll need a trained hypnotherapist to provide a surreal experience.
And fret not. Contrary to popular belief, it is not dangerous at all. It is in fact, a meditative state that most people feel relaxed after.
38. Chess Tournament
If the people in the office aren’t fans of going out or exercising, here’s an indoor sport you can pick.
This challenging game event is easy to execute and definitely a good break from work.
39. Rescue Animals
If bringing pets to the office isn’t an option, why not go to the pets directly?
But these pets won’t be the well-groomed ones but the ones who need you the most.
Get your employees to work at the nearest animal shelter. We’re sure those shelters would love an extra set of helping hands.
40. Funny awards
Most offices have award shows as events. But, we are proposing an award ceremony with a twist.
Try these funny awards instead:
- Chatterbox of the office
- Office Romeo
- Grammer Nazi
- Office Ambani
41. Painting Office Event Ideas
Yes, painting activities are common across offices. But, we take it up a notch with this idea.
Get your employees to paint on walls instead. You can go for spray paint or temporary wall paints, whichever is possible.
Host a photo contest in the office. You can have a photo booth that’s well-branded with your company logo and colors.
One who takes the most creative photos or gets the most social media traction wins!
43. Tattoo Event
No, this event doesn’t need to leave lifelong marks on your employees. Instead, you can have temporary tattoo artists or even henna artists over.
44. Caricature Event
This fun event idea would require a professional caricaturist to teach an easy-to-apply skill.
For a small team, you could also get personalized caricatures for your employees to take home.
Do you remember the fun races from your childhood?
- Hoola hoop pass race
- Egg and spoon race
- Relay race
- Three-legged race
- Balloon race
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t include them in your office events.
Giveaway trips and retreats at the lowest prices. You could do the same with appliances and gadgets as per the budget.
47. 12D movie
Here’s one of the more experiential office event ideas. Give them a 12D movie experience where they can experience movies in a whole new way.
48. Price Is Right
If auctioning is not an option, make your employees guess the prices of items you’re offering.
Those who guess it right get to take that item home.
49. Wheel of Fortune
Design a fun office fortune wheel that everybody gets a spin at. With a few hits and misses, do include attractive incentives like gadgets or even paid leaves.
Choose a pleasant day for this activity and take your colleagues out on a city tour on bicycles. If possible, go for electric bikes to reduce the strain on your employees, making it a more enjoyable experience.
51. Innovative Office Event Ideas
This is a simple activity where you ask each employee to save a falling egg in the most innovative way. Remember that they can only use office supplies and what’s available near them.
The most creative way wins!
52. Truth and Dare
This one’s a classic from our teenage days, isn’t it? Have a good old-fashioned round of truth and dare.
53. Walking Trail
There are lots of natural trails, biodiversity parks, and reserves around the city. You could organize a walk here.
Alternatively, you could have a guided tour of one of the monuments.
54. Advertisement Activity
In this fun activity, everyone gets to put their marketing hats on. Ask them to design an ad for your company or a fictional product. Make them come up with catchy slogans and jingles if not a full-fledged act.
55. Charity Sale
Now, time to put on the sales boots. Get your employees to sell bakery goods or handmade items with a profit margin.
Donate the profits made to an NGO or charity.
56. Themed Costume Day
Why should we only leave the costumes for Halloween?
Pick a theme like Disney or Bollywood and get everyone to show up in that costume.
The best costume takes home a prize, rest get to take memorable pictures.
This is one of those office ideas where everyone subtly gets to show off their cooking skills and culture.
Everyone must bring their favorite dish to the office and everyone gets to share.
58. Airbnb Frat Party
Bring back the good old college days with this office event idea. Book a comfortable property and have a house party.
If we think of office event ideas for winter, this comes to our minds first. It gets even better if you have marshmallows and hot chocolate to go with it.
You can also turn it into a camping event if you have the setup and are in the right location.
We all have quirky traits. Ask the employees to act out these traits of other employees and make the rest guess who it is.
And with that, we come to the end of this long list of office event ideas.
If you ever run out, we will give you more. Additionally, if you have something in mind, do comment below.
We also have a guide to help you manage virtual events for your office. So do head there next! It might help you organize your virtual office events better.
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