We are the students of course KKENVAL4 from University of Tampere. One of our assignments in this course was to do a group task involving different aspects of communication at work.
During the process we gathered around a big circle in every class and had a dialogue with each other and talked about how every group is doing.
We decided to create different social situations from everyday work life. There were 25 of us so we divided into 5 little groups (5×5). Every group had their own social situation to demonstrate. We had to include do’s and don’ts of communication in these situations to the demonstration. Each group decided to demonstrate their subject either as a video or a live performance in the class room. The videos or the script of the performances are shown below.
We chose the topics for our discussions based on our working life experiences.We thought about various situations where we might need dialogue at any work place and chose few of those for closer inspection.
This course was about dialogue at work life. The atmosphere was open minded and accepting. The concepts that came up were freedom, humanity and equality. We learned about dialogue by using the skills in practise. We got open minded about new projects and new cultures.
We come from diverse backgrounds, we had many different majors in our group, e.g. social sciences, administrative sciences and international relations. In addition to university students 3 refugees attended the class through the Let’s Work Together project. Meeting people from other cultures and hearing about their experiences was interesting. Having people from various backgrounds enabled us to converse in rich dialogue with many different perspectives.
DIALOGUE AT WORK
This game was invented in an English course KKENVAL4 where we were practicing dialogue skills. Our group wanted to work on conflict skills and this game is the end product of that process.
We were inspired by the dialogue practices we had during this course that included following topics: values, judging, assumptions, voicing and listening and forgiveness in organizations. The How to deal with a conflict model and the card game Cards Against Conflict was also inspired by our group values that we set at our first meeting: co-operation, humor, respect, creativity and responsibility. These values were alongside the process whole time, and especially humor is highly emphasized in the game. Cards Against Conflict game is also inspired by the Cards Against Humanity game.
We are the students from the “Dialogue: Constructive Talk at Work” Summer School 2016 course. We have a very international group, composed by students coming from all over the world. Our group task represents our collective work of dialogue, since its very beginning, when we decided together the topic, the way we would do it, and so on. In this direction, we talked about dialogue techniques and theories, at the same time that we were practicing it in a multicultural group.
In our group work, we have a fictional day-by-day situation in a working place, a “case study”, in which assumptions and judgements can interfere in the group´s communication. In the end, we summarized some of our learnings over dialogue.
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Here you find our presentation:
Dialogue group work project Summer School 2016
- We are students for Dialogue: constructive talk at work -course. From the beginning we hand this strong consensus about doing poster as our group task. The poster includes the values of our group and elements of constructive communication that we think are important. Our group’s values are: Respect, dedication, freedom, security and last but definitely not least humour.
The elements of constructive communication are: Continue reading
Everything looked so new and clean and the room that I was in was huge. I was nervous and alone, waiting in the lobby and sweating. I was told that someone would pick me up.
Suddenly someone said hi to me. I looked up and recognised the man from the job interview from several months ago. We shook hands and I followed him to a small meeting room full of other people. They were newcomers too, my future coworkers and friends (hopefully), and they looked just as nervous as I did. There were even some familiar faces and when they saw me, they said hi. I responded with a wave. Then we started with the introductions.
In this post we present a few low-budget tips how people can make work more fun. It is important to try to keep these things regular and really reserve time for mentioned activities.
Remembering to smile and greet others is an important way of improving wellbeing. Humor is also always a good way to further fun atmosphere. Noticing other people’s work input and giving positive feedback spreads good vibes around the office. Continue reading
This will be a blog series on how to make working life more enjoyable. The series will consist of three posts, with the first one dealing with workplace communication. We, the authors of this blog series, are all students, yet we come from different fields and have different experiences about working life. Some of us are only just starting out, some have already been in the workforce for many years, but we are all interested in developing our own communication skills at work. Hopefully the group task of creating this blog series will move us further towards that goal.
“This booklet was inspired by a discussion in Dialogue: Constructive talk at work –course (KKENVAL4). The students in this course come from many different fields of study so this booklet is a product of interdisciplinary thought process.”
>> Group 2, spring 2016 (link to booklet)
“Conflicts are common in workplaces. Dealing with them is important. In this video we are going to show you two situations of conflicts in the workplace and examples of do’s and dont’s.”
Group 1, spring 2016 (link to video)
There’s one editing mistake in one of the lists. Test your dialogue skills and see if you can spot it. (MH)