Fun, Immersive & Motivational Employee Engagement Activities For 2023
Published on: 17 Jan, 2023
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" is a proverb that is relevant more than ever, especially in the corporate world. Blowing some steam off from work is important and companies can play a part in doing this through various employee engagement activities.
And the best employee engagement activities are those that are tailored to the specific needs and interests of your employees. The ultimate goal is to create a positive and supportive work environment that promotes productivity, motivation, and a sense of belonging among employees.
We, at Atypical Advantage, offer a range of diverse and inclusive solutions to meet your needs. Here are some of them.
1) Sign Language Workshops
Providing opportunities for employees to learn new skills or develop their existing skills can be a powerful way to engage and motivate them. We conducted Indian Sign Language workshops at HDFC and Randstad. Hundreds of employees basics of sign language necessary to communicate in the workplace.
Words like office, employment, job, applause, hello and goodbye are easy to learn but can make a huge difference for a hearing-impaired employee. By learning sign language, you can learn more about the history, traditions, and values of this community. Some research even suggests that learning a new language, including sign language, can have cognitive benefits such as improved memory and problem-solving skills. Learning sign language can be a challenging and rewarding personal development experience.
2) Doodling/Caricature Workshop
The act of creating art can be a relaxing and enjoyable activity in and of itself. It can provide a sense of accomplishment and pride in your work, which can help to boost self-esteem and reduce stress. Participating in art-making with others can be a great way to build social connections and support networks.
Our in-house caricature and doodling expert with autism, Varun Naren from Mumbai has helped hundreds of employees at Shell, Accenture, Wipro, Throughworks, PwC, HCL and more.
He uses numbers, alphabets and shapes to teach doodling and caricatures in the most simplest and fun way possible. At the end of the session, he also judges the drawings and the top ones get a prize. Besides teaching, he also conducts a game where employees have to guess famous personalities around the world.
The employees also learn about autism and how individuals with disabilities can learn to function in society with the proper approach. Varun earned lakhs this year which is a sign that finally, the world is ready to put skills before the disability.
3) Disability Simulation Games
Disability simulation games are educational tools that aim to give people a better understanding of what it might be like to live with a particular disability. These games can be designed to simulate a wide range of disabilities, including physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and sensory disabilities.
Here are some examples:
- Crack the message written in Braille. Participants will be blindfolded and by touch and feel participants have to identify 5 things which are given to them.
- Learn Sign language Booth. All the participants can go to the booth and pick up one chit. Chits will have words like Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening etc. A hearing-impaired host will show them how to sign those words in Sign Language.
- All participants will get a paper and pencil and they must draw by looking through a mirror, seeing what someone with dyslexia might see.
- One participant will be blindfolded and another will be in a wheelchair. The wheelchair participant can give verbal directions so the blindfolded participant can push the wheelchair from the start to the end of the maze.
- The fingers of each participant will be tied with a rubber band to simulate finger amputation. Now the participant has to sort beads of different colours into paper cups assigned for each colour.
4 ) Found Poetry Workshop
What happens when an award-winning poet, editor, publisher, and self-taught visual artist wants to create an out-of-box experience in a workshop? The answer is - FOUND POETRY. It entails creatively looking at text and choosing words to form small poems or messages of hope. It can be a way to refresh and recharge the mind, which can lead to a more productive work experience.
5) Performing Arts
Sweta Mantrii, a stand-up comedian with a locomotor disability, not only made people laugh with her humour that broke many disability-related stereotypes but also shared her life journey with employees of PwC, Amdocs, State Street and Novartis. The life journey was not just inspiring. It involved her struggles, the biases she faced and the hard work she put in to pursue her dream profession.
Likewise, Shagun Pathak and Resham Talwar, singers with visual impairment shared entertained employees of Max Life Insurance.
Various strategies can help increase motivation and foster a sense of ownership among employees. By creating a workplace culture that prioritizes the well-being and satisfaction of employees, it is possible to foster an environment where employees feel motivated and invested in their work.