30 to 45 minutes + debrief
1 to 16 participants: Up to 4 per team
Staff at any level
No restrictions on the number of times you can use this game
Buy: £250 + delivery & VAT (if applicable)
Elite Facilitate: £850 + VAT for up to 10 delegates at your UK venue
Assess and develop core competencies of decision making, prioritising, planning, time management, teamwork and leadership. Fantastic value training activity.
Our time management training game is one of our most popular management games that top organisations buy. It is often used to assess an individual or a group at an assessment centre. It is also ideal for use as part of development training on a course.
The following scenario is provided with the game, but you can amend it to suit your needs.
Your name is Chris Dearing, the General Manager of Toys Galore and your manager is Peter Davis.
Toys Galore are an online children's toy retailer and you work in the head office.
Toys Galore's previous General Manager went on long-term sick leave (due to stress) at the beginning of July and is unlikely to return to work. You are hired because you are an efficient, positive thinker who (it is hoped) will soon catch up with the work that has not been done for the last five weeks.
This situation has left a number of outstanding issues and the HR Director has asked for regular updates.
Today is Monday the 5 of August – your first day as Toys Galore's General Manager.
Your assistant has left 16 documents in your In-tray for your attention. These appear in a variety of formats including emails, letters and notes. Some of these items may appear to describe isolated issues, while others link to one or more of the other items.
Your task is to:
1. Prioritise the items and decide which communications need an instant response:
2. Decide which items can be delegated.
3. Decide which items can be put into the diary.
4. Identify problems within the business and decide what should be done.
The exercise lasts 30 to 45 minutes depending on the ability of the participants and the number of emails used (you do not have to use them all).
While an individual or teams work on their inbox, emails continue to arrive. Will they interrupt their work to deal with emails or will they ignore them? What disciplines will they set up? Will they complete the exercise within the time and show good time management?
You can alter the type of documents according to the level of participants and areas you want to be covered.
You can appoint a leader for this exercise to see how they manage their team. Alternatively, see how the individual or team performs with their prioritising, planning and time management.
Are you looking for assessment centre exercises or time management activities? This In-Tray exercise is ideal for an assessment centre before recruiting staff or looking to promote staff. It is used on graduate induction courses and all types of management programmes where time management and teamwork is a focus.
"We use the In-Tray exercise for our supervisor and management courses. It soon gets them working and provides lots of evidence where they can develop in key areas like decision making, prioritising, planning, time management and leadership."
"The In-Tray exercise is another excellent exercise we bought from you. Our Assessment Centre is now more realistic and enables us to evidence skills of potential candidates and those being considered for promotion."
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