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Low pressure, flexible, useful skills, friendship


by Michael Clark


All types of businesses have recognized the need to promote teamwork and collaboration among employees. And in light of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s likely that this need will be taken even more seriously. Teams grew apart in 2020, by no fault of their own, and a little awkwardness as things ease back toward normal is to be expected.


Moving forward, business owners and team leaders are going to be looking for new and effective ways to bring people together and re-establish (or even improve!) company culture. Naturally, there are a lot of options — limited only by a leader’s creativity, really. One somewhat unorthodox option? Holding occasional team poker games.


1. Poker Games Can Be Low Pressure


There was an interesting article written in the year 2021 about how to keep company culture intact upon returning from pandemic conditions. One of its key points was that leaders should “focus on showing sensitivity” rather than initiate too many team-building activities.


This is absolutely an important notion. Employees have had an extraordinarily stressful time, and rushing or forcing a “return to normal” through mandated team-building is likely only going to make things worse. Organizing the occasional casual poker game for a team, however, is something of a recreational alternative. It still functions as team-building, but particularly if it’s not mandated it can remain a low-pressure option.


It’s the sort of thing that gives employees the option of socializing and reacquainting themselves with social dynamics, but won’t make them feel as if they’re being forced into close contact or artificial exercises.




2. The game is flexible


Adding to the low-pressure nature of poker as a team-building activity is that it’s also flexible. It’s something team members can do in person, either in a designated office space, at a public video, or at someone’s home (if it’s appropriate with the team dynamic).


It is also easy, however, to play poker with friends online via a number of high-quality apps and websites. Many still assume such online options require cash deposits or real-money betting, but the truth is a lot of them have simple, free-play options as well.


So, if team members want to ease back into things but aren’t necessarily up for too much in-person recreation, online games can give them a chance to play and socialize in a comfortable manner.


3. Players Will Learn Useful Skills


It’s always nice to find a team exercise that also teaches useful individual skills, and poker is just that.


This is a game in which people learn to be patient, stay calm in tricky situations, prize strategy and analysis over emotion, and communicate effectively. All of these perks can make people more effective professionals, which is an added bonus to the team-building of poker games.


4. It’s Ultimately About Friendship


Poker is sometimes framed as a serious activity since it’s mostly shown as having high stakes.


We see World Series of Poker events on TV, for instance, or climactic film scenes that take place around poker tables in Vegas. In these instances, players are deadly serious and the game seems anything but social. In the real world though, a lot of players will argue that the best part of poker is the social aspect of it — the chance to make friends and strengthen bonds over food, drinks and conversation while a card game happens to be going on.


Without the extreme stakes we see in movies and on TV, poker is just a game, and one that invites cheerful conversation and laughter. Teams are likely to grow closer at the table! Compassion and care are important in business environments. If and when people are ready to ease into some team activity though, poker can truly be an effective option.


Source: Six Degrees Society




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References (excerpt)

Caroline Zweiacker

Basler & Hofmann AG

«From our point of view, it was an extremely successful evening. I have received only great feedback so far, many of the participants were totally enthusiastic. I would like to thank you very much for the uncomplicated, competent and always very pleasant cooperation with you in the run-up and with all of you during the event.»

Franziska Gaitzsch

«Thank you very much, the blackjack tables were great, all guests and ourselves were thrilled and it was a real icebreaker and valuable entertainment factor of our event!»

Martina Goertz

F. Hoffmann-La Roche

«Thanks for the great online poker tournament! You are a great team and it was fun to play with you!!! Please send many greetings from us to your guys. We had a lot of fun and have decided to use it privately from time to time as well.»

Sabrina Müller

«Our team enjoyed the Casino Night very much. From the planning to the end of the event, everything was perfectly organized and we were able to enjoy the evening to the fullest.»

Chr.G. und Team

Deloitte AG

«Thank you thank you for the great event yesterday!!! It was a really great night!!! Can hardly put it into words.»

Sandra Wouangang

Falkenstein Menziken

«It was a super event for us and we enjoyed it a lot. Despite the game, we were able to work firmly on team finding. Very well organized and brought across.»

S. Gomez

LGT Bank (Schweiz) AG

«We had a wonderful evening that people enjoyed from A-Z. The Giesserei and the Poker Academy are a top combination for an unforgettable evening. Once again, many thanks to the entire Poker Academy team and for your kind support in preparing the event.»

Philippe Weinberger

Leiter AXA Brokers Services Suisse Romande

«All my employees participated with great pleasure in the virtual poker evening. They were two very successful evenings and my thanks go especially to the croupiers who accompanied us and taught us the ins and outs of poker. We all had a lot of fun and will keep these events in good memory.»

D. Rees

F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.

«Our team was very enthusiastic about this activity. Mrs. Chinello from the Poker Academy led this very professionally, we learned a lot about strategies, about behavioral processes, about different team characters, and we all had a lot of fun. A very successful activity that we can only recommend to others.»

S. Eberhard

KonoConcept GmbH

«Thank you for the good cooperation. We will be happy to come back to you at a next opportunity! The anniversary event was a great success. You also made a contribution to it. We thank you very much for that. As a small thank you, we have integrated your company logo in the event video. You'll find it here.»

A. Rall
PSA Finance Suisse SA

«We are very happy with the event and the evening. It was a great atmosphere - and what's more, it achieved exactly the goal I set myself: a relaxed, playful evening with lots of sharing among employees who don't know each other that well. Thank you for the organization + the brilliant execution.»

M. Siegrist

Stiftung contetto

«I really want to tell you that we have received a lot of positive feedback about the poker event as well as the whole anniversary event. Some of us are adding poker to our gaming repertoire... We are very pleased that the game of poker and your inputs on it were very well received. Thank you again to you and your dedicated poker team!»