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Does anyone have a good exercise for an HR team to have some purposeful fun for about an hour at the end of a day on setting objectives and prioirties for next year. The team (approximately 20 people) want to get to know each other a bit better without necessarily talking about themselves, but to do something that will reveal more about their personalities and working styles as they undertake the activity. Conditions are: has to be an on-site indoor activity, can be creative but not too wacky but something a bit different, can be competitive in smaller teams and need to be able to complete it in about an hour.

Any ideas gratefully received!
Gillian Jones

4 Responses

  1. Team exercise
    An exercise that people tend to enjoy -at least whenever I have seen it done:
    break into teams of 3 or more and task each team with 20 minutes to develop a team logo or brand-it can be a picture, snappy phrase etc that describes the team as they see it-then each team presents to the rest of the group-then you can vote on which one best describes the whole team.

  2. HR Exercise
    A useful exercise that I have used with a HR Department was one I call ‘Gallery’. It’s a simple exercise were you give everybody a piece of flipchart paper and different coloured flipchart pens. Ask them to find a quiet space and draw an inanimate object that they feel best refelects their personalities and think of the reasons why that is. For example, somebody may draw a bottle of champagne because like champage that individual sees themselves as bubbly, colourful, expensive and a party animal. Somebody else may draw a kettle because like a kettle, they can take a lot in but it doesn’t take them long to boil, etc, etc. Only allow pictures that the individuals draw and key words, e.g. bubbly, comfy, happy, that describe the object. Ask them to complete their pictures alone and when finished fold the paper and pass to you. When everybody has finished or you have a natural break find a wall and put up all the pictures in any order giving them all a number, e.g. 1 – 20. Next give the group a piece of paper and ask them to decide who they think has drawn each picture. You may offer a prize for who gets the most correct. You can have a great discussion following this because there is bound to be some surprises. Have fun!

    Sean Kirk

  3. Team Games!
    20 people and only one hour! Could be a tall order but there are loads of activities around that could probably work.
    I’ve got 2 that might fit, ‘The Great Balloon Disaster’ and ‘The Pennine Walk’. I might have some others that could be better. If you are interested send me an email link to [email protected] and I’ll send you these two and any others that I think could work.

  4. chain gang
    There is a simple but fantastic excerise called “chain gang” that MAY be really appropriate.
    I haven’t got a full description to put here but if you think it may be appropriate give me a call.
    It doesn’t do the personal things you list but it DOES highlight the WAY you can achieve the objectives you have just set.
    If you want me to give you the details I will and I’ll then put them as a downloadable resource on my website.
    07812 170391 if you are interested


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