Team Building Game – Guess How Many Jelly Beans

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I worked for a company that never had any team building events. When 5pm struck, everyone went home. It was the culture. No fun and no games.

I worked for another company and they loved team building events. We would go to TopGolf, which is a place that has gamified practicing your drives. We went bowling. We would go out to eat once a quarter as a team. It was great. The culture was much more close knit and people would stay later to finish up their work.

It was an interesting dichotomy between both places.

I would suggest building in team building into your culture if you want to encourage people to get to know each other, build trust, be happier at work, and go the extra mile. If you go the extra mile as a company your employees will go the extra mile for you.

Jelly Beans Team Building Game

Start by gathering everyone in the room. Unveil the game and the rules.

Each employee gets to guess how many jelly beans are in the jar. This is just like any other Jelly Bean game, but it’s what you do after that builds a stronger team culture.

Here is what you can do to tie everything back into not only having more fun, but encouraging people to talk with each other. Hopefully improving communication within the company.

So, the first guess is paid by the company. It costs $1 to guess.

Every guess after the first guess the employee should pay out of his/her own pocket. Create a simple shared spreadsheet that will allow the team leader to document each guess. If you want to make sure there is no cheating, you can have team leader put number of jelly beans in envelope, seal it and only open it after the deadline for guesses has passed.

The prize can be a $50 giftcard to a local restaurant of their choice.

There will also be a charity tied to the game. The team will pick 3 approved charities and the winner of the jelly beans guessing game will pick one of the approved charities.

The prize and the charity donation is the incentive for employee to participate. The charity donation is to create goodwill around the team.

You can run this game for a month. I would send out a message once a week and a link to the spreadsheet with everyone guesses. This will get people looking at who is guessing what and start to bid around other people’s guesses. The idea is to get as many people involved as you can so it becomes a talking point around the office.

The final step is to have a celebration around the game. Gather everyone in a room and announce the winner. This step is key because you want to encourage people to talk and share the experience. It’s this part of the game that will do the most good to building a stronger team culture.

Virtual Version (Companies where the employees work from home)

Set-up a jelly been jar and take a picture of it and send to everyone. Run the contest very much the same. You can create a PayPal account or another online account to collect money from each person. You can also collect money before you announce winner. The main difference is everyone will gather on an online video conference call to announce the winner and have the winner pick the charity.

Modifications

If you would prefer not to collect money, especially if you are a virtual team, you can create jelly bean jar and keep track of guesses. Limit one guess per day per employee. Then the winning employee gets a free lunch.

Review Questions:

  1. How did people respond to the game? (Did they like the game? Did they participate?)
  2. What could be improved about the game when you run it again?
  3. Do you think it helped the team build stronger relationships?
  4. What were the benefits that you noticed to running this game?

If you want a leg up on your competition then here is a cool article for guessing how many jelly beans on are in jar.

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