Morris Dancing and 4 Other Ways to Shake Up Your Workplace
Worried about workplace culture? From Morris dancing to┬áseven-seater bikes, we look at five very different ways to shake things up, build a stronger team and change your office for the better.
1. Host an executive sleepover
We all know that living with someone is the best way to get to know themΓÇª which is presumably the idea behind the rising trend for “executive sleepovers” where professionals get together to cook a meal, chat and well, just chill, before sharing breakfast the following day. (In fact, it reminds us a little of the co-living trend we picked up on earlier this year.)
The only downside we can see to this one is all those irritating habits coming to the surface all the soonerΓÇª
2. Corporate Morris dancing
So youΓÇÖve tried the abseiling, trust exercises and drinks evenings ΓÇô what next? Sounds like youΓÇÖre ready to give Morris dancing a go.
According to the training company which offers it, this is the ideal icebreaker for team building activities. The great thing about this option is that in all likelihood everyoneΓÇÖs a novice ΓÇô which means it really is an opportunity to learn something new together.
Think of it as team building with bells on.
3. Take the Conference Bike for a spin
Designed by Eric Staller, the Conference Bike (pictured top)┬áis a giant, seven-seater shared bike for holding meetings in the great outdoors. ItΓÇÖs already been going down a storm with the likes of Google, where they like to take it for a six-hour spin across campus.
Looks cosy ΓÇô but how are you going to show that PowerPoint presentation? Or maybe thatΓÇÖs the pointΓÇª Perhaps the Conference Bike will genuinely change the way you interact with your team.
4. Hold your boss hostage
Ok, before you go getting ideas, this is a legitimate and professionally organised team building event.
The premise is simple. Your boss (or another senior exec ΓÇô perhaps you could vote) is held hostage. The aim is for the rest of the team to work together, following a series of clues and tasks to recover them to safety. You even get GPS tracking ΓÇô this is pretty involved.
5. Share your shame
Those looking to improve their workplace culture on a budget may want to follow the example of Nixon McInnes.
The digital and social media consultancy created the ΓÇ£Church of FailΓÇ¥ ΓÇô a session where all its employees gather together and take it in turns to ΓÇ£confessΓÇ¥ something theyΓÇÖve failed at in the workplace. Everyone has to have a go. The main message? That itΓÇÖs OK to fail and everyone does it.
Of course, it may not cost you a penny but that doesnΓÇÖt mean instigating a ΓÇ£Church of FailΓÇ¥ doesnΓÇÖt have its price. YouΓÇÖll have to be willing to admit that you make mistakes too. Still, that could prove priceless to your team.
Would you give any of these a go? WhatΓÇÖs the most unusual way youΓÇÖve tried to shake up workplace culture?
(Image top: The Conference Bike in action, courtesy and copyright of Eric Staller.)