Transcript: Episode 197 – Building Thriving Teams through Games and Play (with Alexandra Suchman)
June 16, 2024
Transcript: Episode 198 – Mitigating Risk with Employee Handbooks (with Ken Siepman)
July 1, 2024

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Structured games at work can help you build teams and give people an opportunity to get to know one another. Games can promote team bonding, team building, and team development – which are three different goals! Bonding focuses on creating better relationships and shared moments between colleagues. Building allows space for individual and collective learning through interactive reflection. Development prioritizes how to apply new knowledge and change.

Playing games at work fosters strong relationships, releases stress, creates trust, and promotes productivity. They can help teammates feel more comfortable with one another and with leadership. Many people are resistant to the idea of games and play at work, though, often because they’ve experienced awkward team building activities in the past or because the activities were not a good fit for the group or its goals.

In our current work environment, everyone relies on technology, and there’s not a lot of time to have conversations and be together as people. Games let you see the whole person behind your colleague so you can understand what motivates them, what brings them joy, and how you can have moments of joy and levity together. On a deeper level, games have interpersonal dynamics built into them, and a lot of those are exactly the same dynamics that happen in the workplace, allowing teams to practice how they work together.

Games can also complement other learning and development initiatives. They allow participants to practice and work through uncertainty in a way that just watching a PowerPoint presentation doesn’t.

In this episode’s listener question, we’re asked about transitioning to workplaces that are willing to accept different forms of positions when the structure is very set on full-time positions. In the news, workers who are the happiest in their roles took an average of 15 days of paid time off in 2023.

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Emily Miller
Emily Miller
Emily works behind the scenes at JoyPowered, helping to edit and publish the books, producing the podcast, and running the website and social media.

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