Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Team Building Activities in the Healthcare Field

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For professionals in the health care industry, a few team-building activities can help create quality conversations between patients and professionals, while also improving work relationships among team members. Typical results usually include stronger communication and motivated employees. That usually leads to happier and safer patients and colleagues.
Divide the group into teams of three or four people. Give each person a pencil and four 3-by-5 pieces of paper. Have each group member write his name on one of the papers. Then have each person write three words that describes himself on the other three pieces of paper. Have one word per piece of paper. Gather all the papers and mix them up.
Now ask the teams to change places so they are working with another group's papers. The job for each team is to assemble the descriptive words in sets of three underneath the appropriate person's name.
Have each team review their answers with the entire group. Have the members of the original teams decide how many matches are correct. The winning team is the one that has the most correct matches. This exercise helps participants learn about each other and builds team unity.
Project Planning
This activity is an easy introduction to project planning, and increases attentiveness to structure and scheduling. The exercise is for any size group. Start by dividing the group into pairs. The task is to make a simple plan for having a staff party.
Start by introducing participants to tools they need to plan a project: brainstorming initial concepts and ideas, gathering and identifying all elements -- especially causal and hidden factors, timelines, identifying problems, finding solutions and sharing your results with others.
First have each pair go through each step. They should write down their results for each item as they discuss them. When they are finished, have all the pairs compare what they have written. Designate an individual to write down the final plans for planning this party. You can use a simple plan more appropriate to the group if you so choose.
Nonverbal Communication
This activity for health care workers can be played with one group all about Team Building Activities in the Healthcare Field

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