Overview – Board games

Board games in the workplace mimic those commonly used for family entertainment, such as Snakes & Ladders and Checkers. Such board games entail moving counters or placing cards on a pre-marked surface in accordance with a set of specific rules to achieve a defined end-game.

There are many options available to create board games to address an organisation’s specific communication needs. Formats can range from heavyweight boards that can be placed on tables to large-scale heavy plastic sheets for using on the floor. Boards can range in shape from rectangles to circles, depending on the playing strategy. The counters or cards can represent shapes or figures of significance to your organisation.

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Raising awareness about new change programs, strategies, initiatives, policies, processes or systems in a creative way that reduces the likelihood of information overload.
Promoting employee understanding about the organisation’s values system and associated behaviours.
Creating peer discussion about ethical dilemmas relating to the Code of Conduct, or demonstrating causal relationships.

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Establish what you want employees to learn or experience as a result of playing the board game.
Determine whether the board game will be played by individuals or teams. A game that is played by teams is good for team-building because it encourages peer collaboration and co-operation.
Decide whether your board game is to be based on luck or strategy, or a combination of both. A game of luck can be developed using the roll of a six-sided dice, a deck of cards that introduce an element of randomness when shuffled, spinners, timers, or the questions a player must answer when they randomly select a card.
Choose a board format, playing rules and end-game result so players gain learning or experiences as required.
Decide when and where the board game will be played, such as at a conference, leaders forum or induction sessions.

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Having determined the communication issue to be addressed by your board game, it’s often helpful to brainstorm ideas for its format and playing strategy with a group of employees who represent aspects of that issue. For example, workable ideas for a board game about new customer service principles are likely to come from employees who represent various stages along the customer-service chain.
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