We proudly present our group task done in the Constructive Talk at Work -course. We are a group of 18 students from all different backgrounds. We came up with a topic of self-confidence and wanted to do an inspirational video on that. You can see the video here.
The topic is vital in work life and something that everyone can benefit from. Self-confidence is something you can always develop and it applies to all people – young or old. We thought that a video as a format would be the best way to present our task because it is fun, creative and practical way of showing the end product. Our aim in the video was to make it entertaining to watch so we chose to do it like a TV-commercial.
We worked in this task through dialogue and discussed every decision together, so that everyone could take part and contribute to the task. We started every session by sitting in a circle and discussing about what we were expecting from each session. We wanted the work to be effective and so that the task would be finished smoothly. To achieve that, sometimes the group divided into smaller groups and worked more efficiently.
Through this exercise we learned how to work better with people we don’t know and how to co-operate without an authority from a teacher. We learned to listen to other people and their opinions, because the task wouldn’t have been successful otherwise. You really see the power of the group and how the end result is going to be better with many different opinions to it.
Here is a link to our video https://youtu.be/rAERvJJ9eDw
As our group task we decided to make a game about different problems in the workplace. By playing this game you can practice your dialogue and problem-solving skills. The four characters of the game are based on Kantor´s four-player system.
In the game the players have to solve workplace problems from the perspective of the characters that has been assigned to them. The typical workplace problems are described on the problem cards that are randomly distributed to the groups.
Even if the task of the game is to solve the problems, the overall aim of the game is to create a constructive dialogue and engage people in to the discussion. The game is also about experiencing other persons´ ideas and perspectives. The game is about voicing and listening to other people’s opinions rather than judgement and assumption.
Dialogue was an essential part of creating the game. Twenty-seven people from many different cultural and academic backgrounds were involved in creating this game.
We had fun making the game and we hope you have fun playing it!
The problem cards, characters, and the rules for the game can be found here.
Problem Cards and Rules
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.
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)