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Activities to Promote Common Ground in the Workplace!

Conflict can arise in all shapes and sizes in the workplace. Here are some activities and fun games that can be done to help promote understanding and to find common ground.

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Group Activities

  • Jun 23, 2010
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I thought we could all use this topic to help share fun and creative ways to promote understanding, facilitate cooperation and stimulate knowledge about one another in the workplace! Here are some activities to start with, and I hope members have some of their own that they can contribute!

1. In a large group, discuss the concept and definitions of identity. Then, have everyone take out a piece of paper and write down five things that best define their own identity. For example, mine would be: athlete, sister, student, friend, and teammate. After everyone is finished, the facilitator should have participants mingle around the room and share one piece of their identity with someone else for a minute, then move on to the next person, and so on and so so forth. This will ideally encourage deeper conversation and increase knowledge about one another, finding common ground!
- Source: N. Oatley, SFCG

2. In a large group, ask for two volunteers to write down a few of their bad habits. Then, have them get up in front of the group and have one person share a bad habit. For example: watching too much t.v. The other person will then offer suggestions on how to fix this habit. Following this model, it can help solve issues and promote cooperation, listening, and potentially change:

Knowledge- Before we can change a behavior, the person must be informed. This is where the second volunteer comes in. They will inform the person who watches too much t.v that it is bad for your eyes, makes you lazy, and makes you anti-social (for example!). They will offer suggestions on how to break this habit or to replace it with a more constructive habit.
Attitudes- In order for there to be change, a person needs to have the right attitude to facilitate change. The volunteer understands that watching too much t.v is a bad habit, and now with increased knowledge from his/her fellow volunteer, he might want to now make a change.
Behavior- This is the actual change, conceptualized as: "Volunteer A stops watching as much t.v as he used to."

This can also be used in workplace terms and people skills too- the bad habit might be "not thoroughly listening to others' ideas," which could cause conflict. With this process, that could be changed and everyone could be happier and more peaceful in the workplace.
- Source: Y. Rajkarnikar, SFCG Nepal

3. This one is a more simple- create a list of facts and "favorites" for people to fill out- for example: birth month, favorite movie, heritage, favorite book, favorite ice cream flavor, eye color, etc. Then they have to go around the room and find people that they have things in common with and write them down. This is a good icebreaker and can promote good conversation!
- Source: R. Bellina, SFCG

I hope these are helpful and that you can contribute more that you know of and have been proven successful!

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I'mStacie, and i'm an intern at a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. for the 2010 Summer. I'm from Maryland and i'll be a senior in college in the fall. I want to go to grad school … more
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