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Introduce new teams and/or team members and foster communication.

In the talent management universe, the new employee orientation and mainstreaming process is known as “employee onboarding.” Keeping in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, your business should make absolutely sure that new hires feel welcomed, valued, and prepared for what lies ahead during your new employee orientation or ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Here is an easy exercise which makes use of the quiz format to teach and improve people's response to diversity issues. The activity is for diverse groups (mixed age, race, gender, religion, and/or other types of people), but the exercise will be useful for groups of apparently less diverse nature too.  The exercise is basically for the group members to ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

This game will appear to begin as a competition, but later on evolves into a collaborative activity. Teams will find value in recognizing what happens as they shift from a competitive mode to a cooperative one. The game itself is simple. For each round of play, groups decide whether to choose Yin or Yang. The scoring will depend on what all of the groups choose: If ...

Care for the team's health and give them a comfortable environment to reduce stress.

This is best suited for a team in the high-performing stage of team development. By then, team members already have a good understanding of the group's dynamics and know each other well enough to know what kind of challenge they are up to. To begin, split larger teams into small groups of four or five people. Give groups 20 to 30 minutes to come up with a ...

Facilitate a cultural exchange between people from different places.

Play this game early in your team's formation stage. This activity can greatly help especially if you have a globally dispersed team. Each team member can learn more about each other's culture in the process. Send an email to members of your team, letting them know that you will start your next team meeting with a game to help them get to know each other better. ...

Activate the connection between team members.

Send out an email several days before the start of the meeting or team building asking participants to prepare something that is meaningful to them (e.g. toy, award, photo, hobby, etc.). Have them prepare a short talk about what they will be sharing. Start the video conference and instruct team members that they have one minute to show the item via their web cam ...

Strengthen team work and identify the importance of working together to achieve goals.

This activity is a fun and challenging way to encourage the group development. Tell the team that their goal is to create a set of action photos that depicts team members interacting in a physical way, despite their distance from each other. Team members can form partnerships, small groups, or the whole team can work together. The only requirement is that two or ...

Empower teams to reach goals and fulfill their potential.

A quick simple powerful activity for groups and teams of any size. The exercise can also be used for yourself, and when working with individuals in counselling, coaching and performance reviews and appraisals. Ask the group to close their eyes, take a few slow deep breaths, and visualise: You are very close to the end your life - perhaps 'on your deathbed'. You ...

Encourage the team's vision and develop the life project.

Throughout the duration of your virtual team, you will make countless decisions. Distance, silence, and the lack of nonverbal communication can create the illusion that team members are in agreement with a decision when, in fact, they are not. It is easy for someone to disengage when the team is proceeding in a direction a team member disagrees with. This tool ...

Enrich the laboral relationship and improve the work dynamic.

One volunteer should stand at the platform. The rest of the members should form two vertical lines facing each other on the ground. The volunteer should stand with his or her back to her team and with his or her arms crossed. The rest of the members should provide a stable landing area through their arms. When the catchers are ready, the volunteer should freely ...
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