British civil servants were sent packs of LEGO to work on as part of a remote team-building exercise at the height of the pandemic.
According to reports from the Daily Mail, last March, the Cabinet paid for 28 civil servants to participate in a so-called ‘Make Happy’ workshop. The practice is known as LEGO Serious Play and is thought to be effective at building communication skills, eliminating hierarchies, and fostering ideas.
The government officials were given packets of LEGO bricks and asked to build responses to questions to do with how they work together, such as ‘what’s the biggest challenge you are facing at work?’ or ‘what’s the single most important action, behaviour, process or tool we need?’
“This was a one-off, team-building exercise for a unit which had been working remotely for over a year,” a Cabinet Office spokesman told the paper. “During the session, staff discussed the day-to-day challenges they faced and the best ways to work together.”
The workshop supposedly cost £850 and isn’t just offered with LEGO bricks. It can also be completed using Play-Doh, depending on the preferences of the participants.