Time Management Simulation Game
TimeMentor Office is a board game that trains players to manage their time at work, individually and in a team. Players in teams manage their game enterprises and compete for best company profit and individual salaries.
- Time management skills
- Priority setting
- Increased motivation towards time management
- Understanding of how different decisions affect company’s bottom line
- Middle managers and line managers
- Sometimes executive management
- Working teams
- Project managers
- Employees with project management responsibilities
A team of 4-8 people is sitting at the same game board and managing game enterprise. Every team member gets a role to play – CEO, his direct subordinates, namely director of sales, production manager and finance director as well as other employees, such as head of marketing department, head of the department of logistics, accountant and secretary. Game can be played by several teams at the same time. The teams compete with each other by comparing key criteria.
Gameboard and Time
Game board has a timer that displays time, 2 game minutes are equal to 1 hour in real life, the game takes place in real-time. During workweek each player and team on the whole should learn to cope with daily tasks, and alongside achieve long-term goals. Players should set priorities and learn to choose, whether to do a certain task or not, when to do it and how to change ones plans to manage everything. Each player has a weekly planner to help one with planning. One week of the game time takes approximately 1, 5 hour of real-time. During the game, players can manage to play several weeks and in between they acquire new skills, learn from their mistakes and increase personal efficiency and efficiency of their team.
Long Term Projects & Short Term Tasks
At the beginning of each week team has to make their choice on long-term projects. Projects consist of independent tasks for each player and tasks that require meeting and discussing with colleagues. In addition, every two hours new urgent short-term tasks appear for each player (role specific) and it is necessary to complete them in time. To complete a certain task, players should either just plan it in their planner, arrange a meeting or sometimes take physical actions like write an email. Players can delegate their tasks to others, as well.
Skills and Concepts Covered in the Game
- Setting the right priorities.
- The ability to say “no” to task low priority tasks.
- Effective meetings.
- Tactical and strategic time planning.
- To group similar tasks and to fulfill them sequentially (10 calls, 10 e-mails).
- Achieve balanced results in all areas of employees responsibilities.
- Game also demonstrates player’s limiting beliefs within time management. With the help of feedback, group work and training he can understand his limiting beliefs, and consequently change the situation.
- Duration– 5-8 hours (with feedback and planning theory)
- Group size – 4-500 people
Finnish Company Olvi uses TimeMentor Office Simulation Game in their Latvian Brewery Cesu Alus
Cesu Alus trained all of their staff except workers with TimeMentor Office game. Executive team, line managers, sales department, production and other office workers played TimeMentor Office topped up with some key time management applied theory concepts. In addition to learning effects, some departments used also used the game as a team building event. Production department used simulation as an assessment tool, putting potential managers in leadership roles and assessors observing their performance. Full case READ HERE.
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