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Communication Games for the Workplace

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Communication in the workplace is essential for success. This lesson gives a few games that are good for getting employees to really communicate successfully.

Importance of Communication

Communication is key, especially in a work environment. Making sure all employees are willing to talk to each other is intrinsic to the success of a business. However, we have all been there as we sit glassy-eyed at a meeting table, speaking to no one and staring off into space. So how do we combat this? The best way is to occasionally have communication activities that will get fellow employees to talk to each other, learn interesting things about one another, and build relationships. Incorporating these strategies will make employees feel more comfortable communicating with their peers.

Icebreaker Communication Activities

These activities are focused on getting to know one another and breaking the ice for employees who really haven't worked together much.

  • Two truths and a lie - This is a classic for a good reason. Have everyone on a team get a sheet of paper and write out three statements, two truths and one lie. They should be statements on a vacation they took, something crazy they did, or even how many pets they have at home. Then, each employee takes a turn reading out their three statements without addressing which is the lie. Then, the rest of the team has to guess. This is great for learning about each other and having some fun. It's also a way for coworkers to find out what they have in common with one another.
  • You can't have one without the other - You need a large group for this activity, preferably 10 or more. Think of items that commonly come in pairs, like salt and pepper or peanut butter and jelly. You need as many objects as you have people. Then, print off an image of each item and tape one on the back of every employee without telling them which one they have. Employees then walk around the room asking questions in order to figure out what their object is. Once each person has determined their object, they must find the person representing the object that completes their pair. Participants can only sit down when their pair has been correctly united.
  • Beach Ball - Another fun icebreaker for getting people to learn about one another and communicate is to take a rainbow beach ball, the bigger the better, and write a question on each color. For example: What country would you like to visit, or what was your favorite activity as a child? Make sure the questions are spaced out widely enough. Then, start tossing the ball around in a circle. Whoever catches it has to answer the question their right hand is on. Go around the circle as many times as you like.

Communication Activities for Tenured Employees

Now that we have talked about some activities and games for employees who don't know each other, here are some games for employees who regularly work together but still need some communication skills.

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