Job or Joy
Goal: Get to Know Your Colleagues While Making Work More Enjoyable.
Object of Play
This game helps you discover what you and your colleagues like best and least about your jobs. When doing something you love, it is easy to get lost in the activity for its own sake, which stimulates creativity and commitment to the task at hand. This can be applied to your work to make it more enjoyable and productive. With Job or Joy, participants share their favorite hobbies, tedious chores, and what they like or dislike about work. This enhances your understanding of your colleagues while uncovering ways to make work more fun.
Before your meeting, draw a graph with four quadrants. Write “not-work” on the left of the x-axis and “work” on the right. Then write “play” above the y-axis and “not-play” below it.
This gives each quadrant a specific meaning:
- Quadrant 1: Joy – work activities that people enjoy (ex. conferences)
- Quadrant 2: Hobbies – activities outside of work that people enjoy (ex. reading, biking, cooking)
- Quadrant 3: Chores – activities outside of work that people don’t enjoy (ex. cleaning)
- Quadrant 4: Job – work activities that people don’t enjoy (ex. mundane office meetings)
Pass out sticky notes and pens to your participants, and ask them to write down and post activities that correspond with each of the quadrants. After about 5 minutes, collaborate about the notes. Use this discussion time to learn about each other and collaborate on how to make work more pleasurable for everyone.
The writing and discussion time should begin with activities people love to do outside of work and move to more work-oriented activities. This will help everyone think of ways to make their jobs more satisfying while creating a fun environment.
Why It Works
When people enjoy what they are doing and become engaged through self-motivation, they can push themselves to form innovative ideas and breakthroughs. Their participation is catalyzed by the activity they are involved in, enhancing their personal commitment toward achieving the goal. Discover what your colleagues like/dislike to do in order to better understand who they are and how you can all maximize your joy — both during and outside of work.
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