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Remote working is becoming continuously more commonplace and there are many advantages for both employer and employee. However, those working remotely can often feel isolated and less motivated so the importance of recognising the challenges of working remotely and establishing clear guidelines is essential learning for participants.

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Chocolate! - Teamwork or Competition?

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To allow participants to get to know each other in a fun manner.
• To encourage groups of participants to work as a team.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 20 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To allow participants to get to know each other in a fun manner.
• To encourage groups of participants to work as a team.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to about 18.

Useful For:
This module is particularly suitable for use with junior staff, perhaps as part of an induction or in other situations where you want to make the point about the importance of helping each other and sharing knowledge.

You'll Need:
• A pile of 21 question cards, which should be shuffled.
• Three plastic boxes, each containing 7 large pieces of chocolate (1 box of dark, 1 of milk and 1 of white).
• A stopwatch (optional).
Stopwatches can be purchased from Trainers' Market.

Notes:
This icebreaker can be used as a starter to a course, as a longer energiser and as a fun exercise if participants are looking tired!

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Come Dine With Us - Team Strengths and Diversity

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about the strengths and unique characteristics of their team.
• To encourage participants to think about what makes their team special.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to think about the strengths and unique characteristics of their team.
• To encourage participants to think about what makes their team special.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with all group of almost any size.

You'll Need:
Nothing.

Notes:
This exercise works best when your participants are a team who work together in the workplace.

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Course Introduction - A Basic Introduction to Training Events

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To welcome the participants.
• To introduce the facilitator(s) and participants to each other.
• To introduce the facilities.
• To agree the course objectives and timetable.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 25 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To welcome the participants.
• To introduce the facilitator(s) and participants to each other.
• To introduce the facilities.
• To agree the course objectives and timetable.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
Nothing, other than the materials provided.

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Know Your Colleagues? - Team Diversity

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to share information about themselves.
• To test participant's knowledge of each other.
• To consider the extent to which individuals' skills and abilities are utilised at work.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to share information about themselves.
• To test participant's knowledge of each other.
• To consider the extent to which individuals' skills and abilities are utilised at work.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 25 participants.

You'll Need:
• Each participant to complete the questionnaire prior to the session, as you’ll be using the answers to create a team quiz.

Notes:
This exercise is for participants who already know each other. So do remind them to keep their answers private until after the quiz.

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Sorting Out - Why Speaking Works Best

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants to understand the limitations of electronic communication when working as a team.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 15 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To help participants to understand the limitations of electronic communication when working as a team.

Group Size:
This exercise is suitable for use with groups of 6 or more participants.

You'll Need:
• 1 set of Sorting Out Cards and 3 envelopes per team of 3 participants.
• Every participant needs to use a mobile phone during the exercise.
• A stopwatch (available to purchase from Trainers' Market).

Filing Frenzy card packs are available to purchase from
Trainers' Market – each pack contains 10 sets of the shape cards used in this activity.

Notes:
This exercise works best with break out spaces, but it’s not essential as long as you have space to separate the 3 sets of players.

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The Wheel - The Importance of Teamwork (Icebreaker)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of teamwork.
• To show how, by working together, we have the potential to achieve more.
• To encourage participants to consider the dangers of an overly competitive workplace culture.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To demonstrate the importance of teamwork.
• To show how, by working together, we have the potential to achieve more.
• To encourage participants to consider the dangers of an overly competitive workplace culture.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 25 participants.

You'll Need:
• 1 game board, 1 die and 1 counter per team (with up to 8 participants in each team).
• Prizes of wrapped sweets/chocolates.

Complete Game Packs are now available to buy from
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Notes:
This exercise can be followed by The Wheel - The Importance of Teamwork (Review), found in the Review Activities section of Trainers' Library.

For a more challenging version of the exercise with more in-depth learning there's The Wheel - The Importance of Teamwork, found in the Team Building section of Trainers' Library.

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Where is This Team? (Icebreaker)

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage the team to think about the team's strengths and weaknesses.
• To identify behaviour that the team needs to change.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To encourage the team to think about the team's strengths and weaknesses.
• To identify behaviour that the team needs to change.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 20 participants.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
This exercise is designed for teams that normally work together.

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Working in Remote Teams

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To understand all of the different elements needed to make remote teams successful.
• To generate creative ideas to summarise what remote teams require as a base for sharing knowledge and completing tasks.
• To challenge participants to work together against the clock to come up with examples of descriptive words.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To understand all of the different elements needed to make remote teams successful.
• To generate creative ideas to summarise what remote teams require as a base for sharing knowledge and completing tasks.
• To challenge participants to work together against the clock to come up with examples of descriptive words.

Group Size:
Suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
The exercise works best with participants who are just about to start working remotely, but can also be used as a re-energiser when remote teams become bogged down or 'stuck'.

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