Improve Adaptability: 10 Change Management Exercises for Teams

Improve Adaptability: 10 Change Management Exercises for Teams

Is ‘resistance to change’ an issue in your workplace? People don’t want to change. This is true when it comes to your workplace.

Many employees often say “NO” to change. Is it going to help your organization?

Never!

We all know that adaptability is the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions. This is a skill your team of employees needs to develop in order to deal with change.

You need your employees to be more adaptable and say “YES” to change.

In this article, let’s see how to improve adaptability with these 10 change management exercises for teams.

Change Management Exercises for Teams

10 Change Management Exercises for Teams

#1. All Abroad

This is one of the interesting change management exercises to improve adaptability skills of your teams. The goal of this game is make everyone stay within a ship until its size is completely reduced.

Instructions

  • Divide the participants into small groups.
  • Get some tarpaulins or blankets and set them on the floor, which will be considered a ship.
  • Ask each team to stay within their ship.
  • This activity continues by reducing the size of the ship and every member should try to stay within their ship.

#2. Balloon Frenzy

The goal of this activity is to keep balloons in the air and prevent them from sinking to the floor. This activity helps to improve adaptability skills of your employees and tackles resistance to change.

Instructions

  • Have lots of inflated balloons of different colors.
  • Split the participants into small teams.
  • Give equal number of balloons to each team depending on team size. Make sure that each team has different colored balloons.
  • Set a time limit for the activity and ask each team to launch their balloons into the air.
  • Each person should keep their balloon in the air by hitting, but they are not allowed to hold.
  • Balloons that hit the floor must be eliminated.
  • See which team kept more number of balloons in the air.

#3. Bounce Back

This is a simple exercise to deal with change. In this exercise, the participants should bounce a rubber ball back and forth, and then they need to explain what was in their mind when the ball has hit the ground.

Instructions

  • Divide the participants into pairs.
  • Hand a rubber ball to each pair.
  • Instruct them to bounce the ball back and forth for some time.
  • Ask them whether they worried that the ball wouldn’t bounce up after hitting the ground.

#4. Change Your Seats

This activity is ideal for both small and large teams. In this activity, the participants are required to observe an object from different seats and notice the difference.

Instructions

  • Place chairs in a circle and ask employees to sit.
  • Now, place an object in the center.
  • Allow the participants a few minutes to observe the object.
  • Then, ask them change their seats and observe the object again.
  • Instruct them to repeat the process once again and notice the change.

#5. Cross Your Arms

This is one of the popular change management activities. In this activity, participants should try to cross their arms in different ways.

Instructions

  • Arrange the participants into teams.
  • Instruct each team member to cross their arms.
  • Once they are done, ask them to cross their arms the other way.

#6. Forward or Backward Game

This change management exercise tests how people respond to a change. In this exercise, the participants can respond to certain change related words either positively or negatively by moving forward or backward.

Instructions

  • Prepare a list of change related words like “alteration”, “conversion”, “transition” etc.
  • Instruct the participants to stand shoulder to shoulder horizontally.
  • Ask the participants to move forward if the word they hear induces a positive response and move backwards for a negative response.
  • Read each word louder one by one and see what happens.

#7. Tag Team Game

Tag team game helps employees adapt themselves by learning more from their colleagues. In this activity, each team needs to create a “virtual team mate” by combining all the strengths of its team mates.

Instructions

  • Divide the participants into small teams (4-6 members).
  • Now, ask each person to write down their qualities as well as strengths that help their team succeed and share it with their team mates.
  • Instruct each team to create a “virtual team mate” by combining all those qualities and strengths and write a profile/story about him.
  • Finally, each team can share this with other teams so that everyone can identify their own strengths and weaknesses.

#8. Tea Break

This is one of the funniest change management exercises out there. In this exercise, participants need to taste their drinks in two different areas.

Instructions

  • Team members are provided with tea, coffee or any other drinks.
  • Ask them to taste their drinks.
  • Invite them to come outdoors with their drinks.
  • Instruct them to have their drinks and see if there is any change in taste or feel.

#9. The Alien at Dinner

This is another fabulous activity for improving adaptability and change management. Here the participants need to consider themselves as alien and have dinner with humans.

Instructions

  • Arrange a dinner party for the participants.
  • Instruct each participant to consider himself as an alien and others are humans.
  • Now, each person should watch the way humans eat and talk to one another.
  • Ask them to identify the unique behavior possessed by humans.

#10. The Magic Wand

This activity tests how good your employees are in dealing with change. In this activity, the participants should tell what they would like to change in the world if they have a magic wand.

Instructions

  • Arrange the participants into teams.
  • Start by telling each team to assume that they have a magic wand, which can change anything in this world.
  • Now, allow each team member to discuss what they would like to change in the world using their magic wand.

Final Words

To build a successful team of employees, you need to conduct proper change management exercises. The more adaptable your employees are the better your workplace functioning will be. Try the above 10 change management exercises and see what happens.

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