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Improv at Work

Remote-Friendly Improvisational Theatre Games for Teams in the Workplace


Incorporating improv games at work can:
Enable trust and 🦺
Encourage a mentality ✅
Foster inclusivity and belonging 🤝
Serve as a status equalizer ☯️
Reinvigorate an overworked team 🍹
Promote teamwork and collaboration 🎉
Develop other desired competencies 💪
Reinforce the company’s core values 🧱️

Best Practices

To maximize the benefits above, strive to apply the following guidelines:
The moderator (or “emcee”) should not be a member of the team playing the game.
Ideally, the moderator should be from the People Team! Unless of course, the People Team is participating. In which case, a moderator from a different team is suggested if possible. 🎤
If the moderator will need to be from the team playing, aim to alternate moderators each session. ⏩
Create an equitable environment for play.
Ensure remote team members have working video and audio before starting. 🔊
Play the game at the start of a meeting, or at the return of a break.
Aim to keep game(s) about 5-7 minutes in length.
If a game runs short, feel free to play it again with a different input applied. 🔁
Do not allow observers.
When one or more person(s) are not participating, they may unintentionally counteract many of the of the activity. 👎
Avoid categories and topics that invoke politics, religion, or other sensitive subjects.
The moderator has veto power! ❌

🏆 Pro tip: Meet with the manager of the team before the meeting to align on which exercise(s) will best serve their team that day.

This doc is inspired by PIT comedian and writer Pete LePage & the Patient Advocacy team at Parachute Health.
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