Most would agree that for a team to be effective, a mix of working styles are needed. However this can create conflict as individual employees adjust to a new set of team dynamics. Knowing Me Knowing You – Work Styles is a teambuilding activity that has been specifically designed to help participants understand each other, and appreciate how both those with similar and different working styles to their own can be key contributors to the productivity of the team. So how does it work? It starts with asking participants to consider their own working style and writing down their preferences on a number of given subjects. Next they pro-actively get to know their peers by networking the room and finding out how others match their own styles. The aim of the game is to find as many matches as possible, with the goal being to get the whole room buzzing.
With the group energised, it is time to form into teams of similar working styles. The groups are first asked to discuss and define the characteristics of their preferred working styles. Then they carry out a team activity. Next they form teams with as many different work styles as possible and then carry out a different but similar activity to the last. This is an excellent way for participants to personally reflect on the advantages of difference! A group facilitator then leads a group discussion exploring why it is productive to have a range of working styles within a team, but also why this may not be effective if there is limited appreciation of the different ways in which each other work.