Incorporating improv games at work can:
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 💎
To maximize the benefits above, strive to apply the following guidelines:
The moderator (or “emcee”) should
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. 🎤
Create an equitable environment for play.
Ensure remote team members have working video and audio before starting. 🔊
Encourage all team members to stand up while playing if they are able. 🦵
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. 🔁
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.