Goal: Discuss with students how to make their ideal workplaces a reality.
Time: 30 minutes
1. Either as a class or in smaller groups, have students come up with their own conception of an ideal workplace. Have students list everything from physical attributes to internal atmosphere, communication styles, and policies and procedures.
2. As individuals or groups finish, ask them to volunteer examples of the kinds of things they have included and compile a list on the board.
3. After you have incorporated most of the ideas, initiate a discussion about how this ideal workplace may be achieved. What is the likelihood that such a place exists? What role might organizational communication play in making the “ideal” more of a reality? Save the lists and ask students to reflect on them at the end of the semester to see how much their ideas have changed.