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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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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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

Communication at Work: The Little Things

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.

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