The 2024 Olympics are around the corner, and while you may not be heading to Paris, you can still bring the Olympic Games to your workplace with these fun office Olympics ideas! Office Olympics are a fantastic way to bring your team together, boost morale, and promote a healthy work-life balance.

Why Organize Summer Office Olympic Games?

Summer is the perfect time to host office Olympics. The warm weather and longer days make it easier to plan outdoor activities, and the more relaxed time of the season can help improve team dynamics. Organizing summer office Olympic games can help boost employee morale and create a positive, inclusive work environment that encourages collaboration and a positive team spirit.

Office Olympics Ideas

Quickfire Olympics

If you’re looking for some exciting and engaging office Olympics games ideas, here are a few that are perfect for the summer season:

  1. Quickfire Olympics: Unleash your team’s Olympic spirit with Quickfire Olympics! Through a series of timed challenges and games, participants engage in friendly competition, fostering collaboration and camaraderie. From brain-teasing trivia to high-energy physical challenges, the Quickfire Olympics keep participants on their toes, testing their agility, problem-solving skills, and quick thinking. With the help of innovative technology and a skilled facilitator, teams will connect, communicate, and conquer challenges, creating a memorable experience for in-person or online teams.
  2. Outrageous Games: This action-packed event brings together teams from various organizations to compete in thrilling challenges designed to foster teamwork and unleash the spirit of adventure. From exhilarating obstacle courses and mind-bending puzzles to epic water balloon fights and creative boat-building competitions, the Outrageous Summer Games offer an electrifying atmosphere where participants can break free from their daily routines and create lasting memories.
  3. In It to Win It: Inspired by the television game show, teams are challenged to complete a series of entertaining and high-energy challenges within a specified time frame. With a focus on fostering effective communication, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills, this interactive experience brings teams closer together as they work towards a common goal. Check out our Virtual In It to Win It for virtual office Olympic games.
  4. Corporate Survivor: This unique event challenges teams to navigate a series of thrilling and immersive challenges that test their problem-solving, communication, and adaptability skills. By simulating the intensity and dynamics of a survival scenario, participants are encouraged to work collaboratively, think creatively, and make strategic decisions under pressure. Through a combination of physical and mental challenges, it strengthens team cohesion, fosters leadership skills, and promotes a resilient and resourceful mindset. Participants emerge from this exhilarating experience with a deeper understanding of their teammates’ strengths, enhanced communication abilities, and a renewed sense of unity within their organization.
  5. DIY Office Olympics: Start by selecting a date and rallying your colleagues’ enthusiasm for the event. Next, brainstorm a variety of games and challenges that can be easily set up in your office space. Consider activities that require minimal equipment and space, such as desk chair races, paper airplane distance contests, or even a modified version of ping pong using office supplies. Divide your colleagues into teams and ask them to create a team name and color and encourage them to dress in their team color for the day. Set up a point system to track individual and team performance throughout the games. At the end of the day, celebrate the winners with fun prizes or certificates. 

energizer in training Summer 2024 office Olympic games

Additional Games for Office Olympics

In addition to physical challenges, you can also organize mental and creative challenges to promote teamwork and problem-solving skills. Here are some ideas for summer office Olympics games:

  1. Scavenger Hunt: Organize a scavenger hunt around the office or in a nearby park. Create clues and puzzles that require employees to work together to solve.
  2. Office Trivia: Create a set of trivia questions about the company and its history. Divide employees into teams and see who can answer the most questions correctly. With thought-provoking questions and friendly competition, Corporate Quiz Bowl offers a dynamic opportunity for participants to demonstrate their knowledge and work together seamlessly with their teammates. 
  3. Office Olympics Team Spirit Contest: Have employees decorate their office spaces and dress according to their team colors and offer prices to those with the most creative team names and office decorations that reflect the most team spirit. 

Tips for a Successful Summer Office Olympics

Once you’ve got a game plan in place, we’ve got some tips and tricks for making sure your Office Olympics goes off without a hitch!

Location, Location, Location

Location is key! Make sure you find a good space to hold your Office Olympics. While it’s absolutely possible to run this kind of event in your office, it’s important to make sure there’s no electronics or other fragile, important equipment in the room you choose. Consider clearing the furniture out of a conference room for an afternoon. If you have access to outdoor space like a nearby park or lawn, you can also host outside!

Be Mindful of the Weather!

In our hometown of Boston, the weather can change at the drop of a hat. If you’re choosing to hold your Office Olympics outside, try to check the weather ahead of time, and make sure you have a backup location in case it starts to rain. Also make sure that if it is bright and sunny out, that everyone’s applying sunscreen! A sunburn is not one of the things you want people to take away from a fun team day.

Play Some Tunes

Everything is more fun with music! Find some energetic music to liven up your event and get your team moving. No need to worry about a complicated A/V system, you can even run music from a laptop. However, if your event is taking place outside, it might be in your best interests to find some speakers to plug a phone or mp3 player into.

Dress Down

If your workplace observes strict office attire, consider giving your employees permission to dress down for the day. Even if your Office Olympics only takes the afternoon, it will help make the day fun and special for everyone involved. Let everyone who’s participating know they can dress for comfort, so you won’t have to worry about anyone getting hurt trying to run in high heels!

Make Some Medals

DIY Olympic medals are easy to make! All you need are some recycled bottle caps or jar lids, glitter, and glue. Just coat the lids with a liberal amount of glue, and dip them in gold, silver or bronze glitter. Find the full tutorial for these prizes here. You can also buy medals from your local party store or give away some other kind of prize to the winners. If you’re going the monetary route, we recommend $5-, $10-, and $20-dollar gift cards as prizes to the winners.

Have Fun!

This might seem obvious, but it’s important to remember the motivation behind an Office Olympics. While the competition can be motivating and exciting, don’t let competitiveness take over to the point where people aren’t having fun anymore. Keeping the prizes relatively low stakes can help with this. Higher ticket prizes, while nice for the winner, can cause a lot of resentment among colleagues. Make sure everyone is having fun by encouraging friendly support when possible.

Let the 2024 Office Olympics Begin!

Office Olympics Games offer a great opportunity to promote teamwork, boost employee engagement, and create a positive workplace culture. With a various range of physical, mental, and creative challenges, you can be sure to cater to different interests and strengths within your team. By setting clear goals, providing resources, and ensuring a safe and inclusive environment, you’ll create an unforgettable experience that brings your team closer together. Embrace the spirit of the summer season and start planning your office Olympics games for a fun-filled and engaging adventure that will leave a lasting impact on your team.

With 25+ years of experience in corporate events and a wide range of events suited to any need, we have the knowledge and resources necessary to help teams more closely connect.

Get in touch with us today to start building your 2024 office Olympic Games!

Anissa Petrone

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