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How to Create a Jeopardy Game for the Workplace

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Creating a workplace Jeopardy game is a great team-building exercise that will challenge and inspire all of the participants. Jeopardy at work is inexpensive, and can be enjoyed by everyone in the company, from the CEO to the receptionist. Additionally, workplace Jeopardy can increase company morale as well as productivity. Follow these steps to create your own game for the gang at the office.

Gather Jeopardy clues. Ask employees from each department to suggest clues that will be approved by the human resources director, who will also be the host. The clues should have answers that cannot be disputed, and relate to the company. The clues should vary in difficulty for the different rounds of Jeopardy. Choose prizes before continuing to the next step. An ideal prize would be to make the winner employee of the month. A consolation prize could be an extended lunch with the boss.

Gather the players. Jeopardy requires three players. Have each department nominate a player, and the directors vote on the winners. The runner-up should be made score keeper. All of the department directors will act as judges if an answer is disputed.

Use poster board to create three workplace Jeopardy boards. The first for Jeopardy, the second for Double Jeopardy and the last for Final Jeopardy. Make a grid on the board with five rows across and six rows down. Write the categories into the top row. Use Velcro and poster board to mark the point level. The points for Jeopardy should start at 100 and end at 500. Double Jeopardy points should range from 500 to 1,000. Don't forget to make room for Daily Doubles. Write the answers on the board so that they are covered by the point boards, and it is time to play Workplace Jeopardy.

Start round one. Have the host introduce the contestants and explain their accomplishments with the company. The contestant with the most longevity at the company should be the first to pick the category and point value. If you can afford to install buzzers into the contestants' podiums, do it. The first contestant to shout out his name will be the first one able to answer. If not, simply have the contestants shout their name first to be able to get the first clue. The score keeper must tally the points as the contestants accumulate them.

Play Double Jeopardy. This portion of the game is played the same way as round one, but has the option of Daily Doubles. If a contestant picks a Daily Double, he will be able to wager any amount of points on his answer. He will also be the only contestant able to answer the question. At the end of this round, the contestant with the lowest points will not be able to move on to Final Jeopardy.

Play Final Jeopardy. Remember that this round consists of one clue. This clue should be the most difficult. The category should be predetermined by the host. Both contestants have 30 seconds to write their wager and answer on their marker board. A good way to measure 30 seconds, is to have the audience hum the Jeopardy television show theme song. At the end of this round, the person with the most points will be declared a winner and be presented with a grand prize.


All answers to clues must be given in the form of a question. Pick clues that have concrete answers. "The number of rooms in this hotel" is a great clue, the answer would be "What is 265?" Make Workplace Jeopardy a tradition. Allow the winner to come back for the next game as the champion, while the other contestants attempt to take his title.


Heather Monroe has been writing for Demand Studios since March, 2009. Heather enjoys blogging about California's beautiful Inland Empire and its rich history. She has also published her own line of greeting cards and tee-shirts. Although she got a bit of a late start, Heather is pursuing a degree in Journalism.

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