The workplace can be like a pressure cooker at times, because there are so many different problems that arise and which are oftentimes not fairly considered or dealt with leaving people unhappy, disgruntled and dissatisfied with how they have been treated. With little means of release, and with the stress forever building up this means that the employees and the managers responsible for them will be in a difficult position of keeping their emotions in check.
As a manager you will no doubt be called upon from time to time to mediate over a breakdown in a relationship in the workplace and to try and address the issues in a mutually amicable and satisfactory manner. However, on the other hand a resolution is not always achievable and so many people find themselves trapped.
Of course, as the boss you can always pull rank and effectively demand that people behave in a more tolerant and patient manner but you have to balance the short term gain versus the long term loss. If you start throwing your weight around then you will alienate your workers which means that you are no longer perceived to be approachable or impartial which actually dilutes and undermines your authority.
Group games are an excellent way of resolving this issue, as they will allow workers to get to know one another on a more human level, rather than the basic label of “work colleague”, “work manager” etc. Group games will require that people swallow their pride and work together for the common good, and as such, group games have been widely adopted by many people as the ideal means of resolving problems in their work for this reason.
Sure, these games are not ideal and they are no magical solution, but they do have a good result on the whole.