The icebreaker: ‘Hi, my name is …’

October 6, 2008 Categorized in: MeetingsTeamwork

Break the ice with this activity, geared toward a group of 20 or more, taken from Quick Meeting Openers for Busy Managers by Brian Cole Miller. The goal isn’t a “meet and greet,” but for everyone to really get to know a few new people.
What’s the most fun you’ve had at work? We posed that question to our readers, and you responded. A few of your morale-boosting answers: “We had a department-wide contest to see which team could build the best race car out of office supplies in two weeks" …

The team’s the thing

October 2, 2008 Categorized in: Teamwork

Are employees more competitive with their co-workers than they were 10 years ago? Almost half (46%) of senior executives interviewed for an OfficeTeam survey say employees are more competitive today …

Use herd mentality to fire up the team

October 2, 2008 Categorized in: Teamwork

A recent study on hotel towels may have implications for the office. Researchers found that guests were more likely to hang up and reuse their towels if the little cards in their bathrooms focused on the actions of other guests …
How many times have you come up with a more efficient way to accomplish something and wished you could quickly share it with co-workers? You can with collaborative tech tools, says Richard Laermer, media consultant and author of Punk Marketing.
Next time you’re tasked with coming up with a good “bonding” activity for staffers, take a cue from today’s event planners.
Uncover a job candidate’s teamwork talents (or lack thereof) by asking these five questions.
Show others that you attach a high value to your time, and they won’t squander it. That’s the advice of productivity coach Laura Stack, author of Find More Time, who recommends using availability management.
Energize your weight-loss plan by making it an office affair. When healthy living becomes part of your 9-to-5 routine, you’ll not only feel better while you’re on the job, but you’ll sense a positive change among co-workers as well.

Big screen, big results

April 1, 2007 Categorized in: Teamwork

Up your odds of getting a snazzy large-screen monitor by telling your manager this.

Google Spreadsheets

March 1, 2007 Categorized in: InternetOutlookTeamwork

Google Spreadsheets is Web-based software that allows you to create new spreadsheets online, or to import and share existing Microsoft Excel files.

Creative team-building ideas

March 1, 2007 Categorized in: Teamwork

You’ve been put in charge of planning team-building exercises for your eight-person team. To get you started, here are a few ideas from readers of the Admin Pro Forum.
The team project turned out well, but you’re miffed because you and a co-worker did all the work; the rest of the team slacked off. Now, even the slackers are receiving credit for your work.