A company or team’s success weighs heavily on the willingness of managers to help employees improve their problem solving abilities.Team building activities targeting focus areas like communication and collaboration, adaptability, or strengthening decision-making techniques help.Another aspect to keep in mind when engaging in problem solving games and activities: There are no winners or losers.
Some people see problems as roadblocks, others see them as opportunities!
Problem solving activities are a great way to get to know how members of your team work, both individually and together.
From blindfolds to raw eggs, these problem solving team building activities will have your team solving problems faster than Scooby and the gang.
Helps with: Adaptability Why adaptability is important for problem solving: Adaptability is highly associated with cognitive diversity, which helps teams solve problems faster, according to the Harvard Business Review.
Helps with: Communication What You’ll Need: Instructions: 1.
Place the items (boxes, chairs, water bottles, bags, etc.) around the room so there's no clear path from one end of the room to the other. Divide your team into pairs and blindfold one person on the team. The other must verbally guide that person from one end of the room to the other, avoiding the "mines." 4.The doors are locked, and knocking down the doors or breaking the windows is not an option. Select an overseer who isn't on a team to build a random structure using Lego building blocks within 10 minutes. The other teams must replicate the structure exactly (including size and color) within 15 minutes.Give your team 30 minutes to decide on 10 items in the office they need for survival and rank them in order of importance. However, only one member from each group may look at the original structure.Working on communication skills while your team is together will help them better solve problems when they’re apart.What You’ll Need: Here's the setting: Your team has been stranded in the office.They must also have an Agile mindset and be open to different structures, planning, and processes.Problems usually arise when we least expect them, so there's no better way to prepare than embrace agility and flexibility.It’s important to teach your team strategies to help them quickly overcome obstacles in the way of achieving project goals.Problem solving skills are the most commonly lacking soft skill among recent college graduates, according to a 2016 report.The goal of the game is to have everyone agree on the 10 items and their ranking in 30 minutes. They must figure out how to communicate the size, color, and shape of the original structure to their team. If this is too easy, add a rule that the member who can see the original structure can't touch the new structure.Helps with: Collaboration What You’ll Need: Instructions: The goal of this exercise is to solve the clues, find the key, and escape a locked room within the time allotted. Gather the team into the empty room and "lock" the door.