The numbers are staggering.
- 60% of employees lack the elements required to be highly engaged
- 82% of employees said it’s very important that their organization address the employee engagement problem
- 69% of employees report engagement is a problem in their organization
It is clear that communication in the workplace should be encouraged by all companies, but how? There are many tactics you can use, but here are 3 team building activities that boost communication in the workplace right away.
1. Spark Communication: Team Building Events
If communication in the workplace is poor or just needs a little boost, hands-on team building events provide a platform to jumpstart your efforts and improve results.
Team building events provide fun ways to bond with your team on their own; however, organizations see greater and longer lasting benefits when an event is planned as part of a larger strategy to accomplish specific goals.
Teams looking to boost communication in the workplace learn practical skills through hands-on programs like Pipeline and Chain Reaction. Both sets of activities require real teamwork, inter-team collaboration, negotiation, and competition.
Participants must communicate seamlessly, troubleshoot their designs, and find a perfect balance between uniqueness, functionality, and attention to detail. The techniques you learn can be applied directly to your work.
2. Practice Communication: Applied Improv
Applied Improv is a curriculum designed for soft skills and leadership development. Through participating in improv exercises and games, you develop vital professional skills. This is not about becoming a comedian or just having fun as a team.
You will not learn how to tell jokes or deliver a theatrical performance. This approach puts the principles and techniques of improvisational theater to work in non-theatrical venues.
Improvements to communication in the workplace are the strongest outcomes of Applied Improv programs. Applied Improv focuses on enhancing self awareness, conveying the importance of your message, and learning techniques for developing and maintaining self confidence. You also get better at paying attention and listening to others.
Right now in the world’s top organizations, the tools of improvisation are helping individuals and teams deal with change and complexity.
Dynamic and thorough programs like the TeamProv Workshop teach essential – yet often overlooked – communication and listening skills that will consistently improve the quality of your work.
You can practice throughout the year by starting meetings with exercises like Yes And. . .
Time: 5 minutes
Who/How: Pairs simultaneously
The Basic Idea: Partner the players and ask them to decide who is A and who is B. Ask A to make a statement (“The lunch today was great.”). B is to reply with “Yes, and. . .” and make another, somewhat related statement (“Yes, and we got to eat two desserts!”). A continues with “Yes, and. . .”) (“Yes, and then I had tons of energy from all the sugar.”). The participants should continue this exercise for an allotted period of time. This is not a game that anyone should be trying to win. The goal is to practice communication.
Possible Specific Debrief Questions at the end:
- What are the obstacles to agreement?
- How does it feel to be consistently agreed with and consistently agree?
- What was it like to unconditionally listen so intently to someone? To be listened to?
- Was it easy or difficult to build upon what each other was saying?
- How can this technique be helpful to you in your working with others?
3. Nurture Communication: Office Gamification
Simple, daily activities at work can make you feel more engaged during the workday. Although some forms of technology can be distracting, there many successful bite-sized employee engagement and communication strategies made possible by technology.
Gamification is the process of using gaming elements in non-game situations to boost productivity. Officevibe focuses on daily team building activities that make your team feel motivated and engaged.
The Officevibe platform compliments tools like Yammer, which facilitate communication in the workplace. By focusing on making participation fun for the employee in the first place, gamification encourages good habits that will boost and nurture communication within your team.
Has team building helped you boost communication in the workplace? What activities have worked? Failed? Do you know why?