Laughter at work may seem unproductive and distracting in the work place, but studies are showing that the effects of good humor in the workplace create the opposite effect.
A successful business team doesn’t take themselves overly seriously. Allowing time for humor in the workplace is better for individual health and wellness, and for the engagement of employees in their work and the relationships with co-workers.
This week’s activities are all about encouraging good laughter and relationships in the workplace. Use this activity set as a springboard for some fun in the office.
Before introducing the activity to co-workers, the facilitator should review each activity to ensure no time is wasted when the group is present.
Read aloud the instructions and the given example to your group and ensure that all participants understand the activity. Additionally, you may want to discuss what challenges the participants may experience during the exercise. This can help enhance the reflection that will follow.
Participants should engage in the activity, followed by a brief reflection of what they experienced. Continue with the next activity.
Battle of the Air-bands
Ever seen one of Jimmy Fallon’s famous lip sync battles? Expand the idea to a full battle of the air-bands. Split your group up into teams of 3-4 people and let them decide who will be the singers, guitarists, drummers, etc.
Give them some time to choose, rehearse, and perform a lip synced version of whatever work-friendly song they like. If they have a few days, teams can dress up or bring props.
After the performances, teams can vote on the winner (with the caveat that no one can vote for their own band). Or, let a neighboring department in on the fun and have them choose the winner.
Give each team member a sticky note and have them draw something simple on the paper, without talking to anyone else. Each person then passes the paper to the right and is given a new sticky note. Each team member looks at the drawing they now have, places the new blank sticky note on top to hide it and writes what they think the picture is of.
Both papers are passed to the right again and a new sticky note is passed to all participants. Each person should read the description on the top sticky note, making sure to not view the picture below it. Then placing their new sticky note on top, carefully hiding the description, they should draw a picture of what they read.
This continues, where each pass alternates between drawing what is described and determining what was drawn until the paper is back to the original owner. Lastly, have each member reveal what was written and drawn.
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