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Effective use of teambuilding in social welware organisations Effective use of teambuilding in social welware organisations

Sample from this book:

Role Plays

The idea of the role play comes originally from drama teaching and it can provide a useful tool in the teambuilding repertoire.

Because the situations, organisational styles and likely problems vary so much through the statutory and voluntary agencies in the personal social services, there are not many role plays which can be offered here as being appropriate for all teams. Instead, it is useful to look at the ways in which role plays may be used in teambuilding.

  • The role play

is a sequence where the participants are given a description of a situation, and the people involved. This can be done by the facilitator having written up a scenario in advance and handing out photocopies, or it can be done by the facilitator giving out player-cards, which give each participant their part for the role play.

In larger groups, it is best to organise the role play into groups of about five to eight, depending upon the nature of the role play.

Once the players have their roles, the facilitator invites them to act out their parts in the situation with one another.

  • A teambuilding example

A possible scenario would be:

Place: Team office

Context: Interview for a new staff member

Players:

  • Interviewee for worker post
  • Local councillor
  • Unit leader/manager
  • Representative of funders
  • Team member

Method: Allow the interviewing panel five minutes to discuss their roles and strategy. Similarly, the interviewee should spend the five minutes considering what skills they have for the post and why they might want the job. The role players then join together and act out the interview, trying to represent how they think the person they are playing would behave.

Another role play sequence I have used in teams where members know one another well, involves splitting the group into pairs. They are then invited to swap personalities and in any given situation role play their partner. For instance, the facilitator can suggest that it is a team meeting, and each member of the pair should try to perform in the way they think their partner would in that situation. It can produce some very telling (and odd role plays!)

Effective use of teambuilding in social welware organisations Effective use of teambuilding in social welware organisations

Compiled by Alan Dearling

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