Changes and new structure in the workplace
Focus on the positive experiences in the workplace and use them to make constructive changes.
- Lay out one or more sets of Dialoogle Magnum cards on the floor. Use one set for every 15 participants.
- Ask the participants to think of a positive experience from their everyday working life. Then ask them to each choose an image that reminds them of that particular experience.
- Divide the participants into smaller groups of four to seven and give each group member no more than two minutes each to tell the others about their experience.
- When all participants have told the others about their experience, ask them to form new groups and tell their story once more.
- Form new groups a third time and repeat. Your help may be needed in making sure that no one is grouped with the same people more than once.
- By now the participants have heard 12-21 stories in less than an hour and have a good idea of the culture in the workplace.
- Ask the participants to each place a hand on the shoulder of a colleague who told a story that has impacted them in particular.
- When all participants have done so, choose the three or four participants who have the most hands on their shoulders and ask them to tell their stories in plenum.
- Once the stories have been told in plenum, you may ask which stories contain elements that should be incorporated into the new structure. The stories will help you improve the working environment after the changes have been implemented.
- Hang the images that represent stories of particular inspiration on the wall for all to see. They can be supplemented by written explanations.
The entire department or company can take part in this exercise. The more participants you have the more stories will emerge.
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