It's just about time for the 2016 Olympics taking place in Rio de Janeiro August 5-21. Now, just because athletes get to compete in the Olympics doesn't mean that you can't. We're inviting you to celebrate the Rio 2016 games with your company's very own Office Olympics!
Not only is having your own company's Olympic Games an awesome idea, it's a great way to have a little fun in the office and boost employee morale. You can even take it a step further and hold your own opening ceremony. From pizza parties to mini ceremonies with music and more, the options are endless. We'll leave that to your imagination :)
Below, we've compiled a list of some fun games to get you started on the next best thing, the Olympic Events:
Speed Finger Skating
Goal: To be the fastest typer.
Rules: The speed finger skating game is an individual Office Olympic event which requires two athletes from each team. This event requires the two athletes to compete in a 60 second typing test using a timed typing website (like typingtest.com). This event is a lot more fun when you use a projector to allow athletes to show off their typing skills to the audience. After each team goes, the team with the best typing scores wins.
The Pencil Pusher
Goal: To get the most pencils in the ceiling.
Rules: The Pencil Pusher event requires athletes to lodge as many No. 2 pencils (make them sharp!) into your office ceiling tiles as possible in 30 seconds. It may also be a good idea to wear goggles for this event for safety reasons.
The Corporate Climb
Goal: Get the best time.
Rules: In this Office Olympic event, athletes are required to race backwards up a flight of stairs. The top three times win medals.
Desk Chair Sprint
Goal: To be the fastest team.
Rules: The desk chair sprint requires two athletes from each team. This event will require some tape or chalk and cones to create a "race course". The first athlete will sit in an office chair, while the second athlete will navigate the course of cones and then switch for a total of two laps. For every cone hit, add 5 seconds to the total time. The team with the lowest time, wins.
Goal: Get the most Post-It™ notes stuck on you.
Rules: This is a team event where each team has 60 seconds to stick as many Post-It™ notes stuck on one team member.
Goal: Make the most goals.
Rules: In this individual Office Olympic Event, each team will select two athletes to compete in a five round shoot out. Athletes should take turns shooting a crumpled piece of paper across a table (6ft long is recommended). The goal is created by touching thumbs together and pressing index fingers to the table to make a box or "goal". When the five rounds are up, each athlete's score should be added up for a combined team score.
The Spin Doctor
Goal: To be the first to the finish line.
Rules: This is a team event where one athlete is seated in an office chair while they are spun around for 20 seconds by teammates. At the blow of a whistle, the athlete gets up and runs to the finish line.
Determining the Winner:
After all events are completed, it all comes down to the final scoring. First place in events are worth one point, last place, seven points. The team with the least amount of points wins the Office Olympics!
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