GET YOUR GAME FACE ON
HOW TO LEVEL-SET EXPECTATIONS
Aislesia just started her new job contracting with a large corporation. One of the reasons the managers picked her was her query into the morale of the team. They wanted someone who was willing to create events or had ideas that would increase the morale of their team. The previous admin, Shannon, did a great job in providing monthly ice cream socials, but now the budget was being cracked down on corporate wide. This wasn’t a new situation to Aislesia and she thought of a way to create a fun workplace event without spending any money, cause disruption or take work time away from projects.
Her idea came with the International “Red Nose Day” held May 24th, 2017 across the globe. Aislesia, thought she could create a fun way to get people interacting and raising money for a good cause all in one swoop. The event would be a “Bigger or Better” game where org teams would compete against each other. The concept is to start with a paperclip, then trade up, barter for a more valuable item and finally sell the last item before the deadline, May 24th. The team who raised the most money collects all the proceeds and gives to their charity of choice.
Aislesia was really excited to put her idea in play. First, she went into the staff meetings to sell her concept, which started out as a scavenger hunt, but quickly became the Bigger or Better scheme. It was important to work with people within her organization who also had ideas and thus the Bigger or Better concept was planned.
Aislesia built a temporary SharePoint site where people could share their progress and communicate with each other on the social platforms. Utilizing new technologies as integrated apps such as Jive, a social platform that works with Outlook and anyone who downloads the app can watch news feeds and RSS specific sites or people. The extra layer of social gives you a new glimpse into team members that you don’t get with static contact cards or other similar programs.
However, reality hit when Aislesia’s practical manager Adam wistfully smiled and said, “be sure to level set your expectation, because this is a very busy time for the orgs and you may not get participation.” Aislesia was not deflated nor deterred by this comment, she understood the corporate environment and would use this experience as a training ground for future team morale boosting concepts. It was important for her to follow through no matter the outcome.
She gave the game a 2-week lead. By the end of the first week only few people had signed up for the SharePoint site. She knew she needed to make another email plea to the staff and have them encourage teams to participate. Her game time was under pressure and balancing work life was also complicated. She was still determined.
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