Without the Speed Dating Activity
Team members can create these connections on their own and “naturally” over time. You’ll often see this happen sparsely at holiday company events, happy hours, or other random after-work employee functions. However, these events often do not cross social “professional” barriers. Most of the time people will stick with who they know, so instead of two people from different departments or titles coming together and finding out they have so much in common, they stay next to their daily coworkers and remain strangers.
The other beautiful thing about this activity is that daily coworkers get to know one another in a more meaningful way too and deepen their connection!
The point is not for everyone to suddenly become best friends, however it is critical for teams to work well together. And it’s so much easier to work with people with whom you have relatedness and camaraderie. To be clear, this isn’t a focus on mission, vision, and values. Yes, those things are important but that is about what aligns your entire organization. This is about building and deepening those one-on-one, team member to team member relationships that together create an aligned, unified team that works well together. The work world can be a challenging place, but it’s less so when our teams act as one.
If you need a fast way to start the process of connecting people in your organization, then “Speed Dating at Work” is the ticket. We’ve seen it work again and again and even use it at conferences and workshops because of its effectiveness.