Safety drills are a must for all offices and workplaces, and are meant to teach people to protect themselves and their colleagues in case of an emergency. Nonetheless, these drills need not be always so serious and can be made fun by incorporating games and prizes.
Safety at workplaces is of utmost importance and your employees must be well informed about the safety procedures. Mere sign boards and pamphlets serve no purpose in times of emergencies. To ensure absolute safety of your workforce, training them for the same is crucial.
The traditional safety drills are boring and barely any attendees pay attention to it. Many do not even remember the basic instructions given once they leave the room. Make this an enjoyable activity by including fun safety games in the workplace. Interactive games will keep the crowd engaged and will be a good safety lesson in disguise.
Fun Ideas for Safety Games in the Workplace
Most of your employees will be familiar with role play, so it won’t take much time. Turn this idea into a safety game to learn a few important rules in a fun way. Divide your employees in groups of five or ten. Decide a few emergency scenarios, such as fire, earthquake, theft and so forth. Handout a topic to each team and give them an hour to prepare a skit of about five minutes. The group that comes up with the most apt solution through their skit will be the winning team.
All of us have played treasure hunt at some point or the other. However, making it a fun safety game, is all the more interesting. Create a hypothetical situation of emergency, such as an evacuation. Once again, divide your employees in teams. The eventual goal of each team is evacuation, but there are a few clauses to it. Give each team a clue to begin the game, which will also lead them to the next clue. Each clue will instruct the players with methods of proper evacuation drill. The team to finish it first will be the obvious winner.
A catchy tune is subconsciously remembered by every individual. Even before you know the words, you will be humming that tune. Use this characteristic of music to design a fun safety game. Make teams and give each team a situation of emergency. The teams have to compose a song that sings safety instructions. While the lyrics bring out the importance of safety, the tune will remain with them forever. This indeed is the perfect way to go about teaching the most boring lessons of safety!
Attending a mundane session on safety yields nothing. Every employee will be cribbing about it being a time waster. To teach your employee a valuable lesson, ask them to design their own safety lesson plan. Divide them in teams and ask each one to design their own signs, safety slogans and other study material for safety lessons. This will make them research the intricacies of safety drills and bring about a better understanding of the same. These games are also excellent tools for team building in a workplace.
Slogans, punchlines and tag lines are something that always remain with us. The reason being, they are catchy, short, simple and make a point in minimum words. For this safety game, make each team advertise a safety product such as fire extinguisher, oxygen masks etc., with peppy jungles and attention-getting slogans. This will stretch their imagination and make the safety drill worth attending. The team who makes the best ad (the one that makes everybody laugh) wins the prize!
The interactive and participative nature of these games, makes them worth playing. The other advantage of using such games is that, they bring about team building too. They show a person’s leadership qualities as well. Fun safety games are definitely a must have for organizations which aim to have a safe, amicable and a healthy working environment.