Conflicts at Work; How to communicate?

We are the students of Dialogue: Constructive Talk at Work of Summer School 2017. We’ve been through a lot of topics related to communication. As our group task, we came up with a game about conflicts at work and how to solve them. The player tries to match possible solutions to problematic situations. The situations came from our experiences at work life. At the end, we provide our own suggestion.

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Dialogue game

Check the game here: Game

We made a game as a part of the course Dialogue: Constructive Talk at Work. The game is for practicing dialogue skills in working environment. It is a work in progress, and anyone can make it more suitable for their purposes. There were 20 students in total working on it. The game is a product of six meetings in a dialogue circle where every student had a chance to contribute.

Fostering creativity in the workplace

Here is a video made by KKENVAL4 Dialogue: Constructive Talk at Work Spring 2017, group 2.

This is the product of several weeks of team work and discussion. We have found common ground about creativity being important part of working life. Working life is changing rapidly and we found that creativity is important part of managing and adapting to these changes. There are many ways to improve well-being and we chose this one. We identified different aspects of working life to be improved upon and we decided to present our ideas via video.

There are four major topics in the video: time management, team work, flexibility at work and counteracting discrimination and creating
emotional safety. We chose an assortment of perspectives we wanted to raise awareness of. The video consists of tips and situations regarding creativity presented in different ways.

Working together was fun and we are satisfied with our product. We succeeded in doing this in a group as a result of thinking together through dialogue. A group is always more creative than any of its individuals on their own so dialogue is a crucial part of the creative process.

Please enjoy the video. We hope you find it helpful! 

Do’s and don’ts of communication at work

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.
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Power tree of dialogue

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

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Cards Against Conflict

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.

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Be aware of your assumptions

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.

We hope you enjoy it!

Here you find our presentation:

Dialogue group work project Summer School 2016

From Dusk till Dawn…

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  • 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.

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First Day of Work: How I Survived

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.

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How to Make Work More Enjoyable: Tips and Tricks

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.

  • Have a positive attitude

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