Should you waste your time with team-building exercises?

Team Building Exercises Don't Build Teams

The leaders of Allergan’s Human Resources department—about a dozen of us—spent a weekend in the early 1990s at a retreat in the mountains somewhere not too far from corporate headquarters in Irvine, California. The retreat was designed to host a “ropes course,” an experience that’s supposed to help strengthen a team.

These courses—also called a “challenge course”—engage participants in outdoor activities involving cables, ropes, and obstacles, along with “low” activities (those that take place on the ground) such as figuring out how to forge a river. It’s all designed to (as one organization puts it) “develop confidence, trust,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #153: Policy problems, Instant Articles, VR in retail, and video, video, video

A special note on this week’s wrap photo. That adorable newborn wrapped up in a hospital blanket? That’s my granddaughter, Madeleine Ann Holtz, born yesterday. Now, on to business: The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

You know that social media policy you rolled out?… Read More »

What Yik Yak—a problem in universities—could mean to the workplace

Yik YakMost of the buzz around the mobile app Yik Yak is focused on universities, where its founders intended it would be used. Make no mistake. As surely as Facebook expanded beyond its university roots to become the top social network employees use in their day-to-day workflows, Yik Yak will make its way into the workplace.

The inevitability of employees adopting the anonymous messaging app has a lot of businesses concerned, considering the university experience. Several universities have taken the futile step of banning or blocking Yik Yak, but since it doesn’t rely on a WiFi connection—standard 3G and 4G cellular connections work just… Read More »

How to make employee recognition a buzzworthy experience: A case study from Mattel

On Thursday, I’ll deliver a brand-spanking-new presentation at an internal communications conference in Las Vegas on a concept I’ve been exploring for the last year or so. I’m calling it the Work Experience. The idea is simple: Approaching job satisfaction, morale, employee engagement, and other employment programs in the piecemeal fashion that characterizes most workplaces is inadequate in today’s world of work. Employees have access to the same resources everyone else does, including external reporting about the company and social networks where the organization is being discussed. (In fact, workers’ use of social software is… Read More »

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