Staff meetings can be a real bore, especially if the staff thinks they are a waste of time. Fun activities help to motivate staff and boost morale. It is much easier to be creative and willing to resolve conflicts when you enjoy coming to work. Well-thought-out activities at staff meetings improve the work environment and create a positive work culture, which will hopefully yield a more productive staff.
During a staff meeting, write comical songs based on workplace problems, motivational expressions or a project on which you are working. The employer can provide music to popular songs and each group will sing in the tune of their choice. The challenge of creating and cooperating with one another can improve self-esteem and employee relations. This type of activity stretches the limits of your comfort zone and may possibly help you to become a more valuable employee.
Truth and Lie
As a team-building activity, work in small groups or the entire staff can work together. Each person spins a yarn about some aspect of his life, such as a vacation, a college experience or a youthful indiscretion. Part of the story will be true and part will be a lie. His coworkers will determine which part of the story is the lie. Employees get to know more about their colleagues and understand one another on a more personal level.
Making Human Words
As a way to improve communication and cooperation, give each person a letter of the alphabet when he enters the meeting. Allow five minutes, or any time allotment you choose, for a group to come together to form a five to seven letter word. Each employee must go around the room and find other people with letters that can form a word when they stand together. Vote on the most humorous word formed and award simple prizes, such as candy bars or key chains.
This memory activity gives employees a way to remember key information. Create facts to remember and develop humorous ways to remember them, such as license plate numbers, the definitions of words or a specific company policy. An example of a mnemonic device for remembering the license number BMH270 is “Bring My Honda to Seven Oaks.” Pairs or groups can devise funny mnemonic devices for the same or different facts; afterwards, read them to the group for a humorous diversion. Transfer the skills you learn to more important pieces of information across the organizational spectrum.
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