Pre-COVID I placed great emphasis on keeping things moving during a business simulation exercise. I tried to minimize “down-time” knowing how valuable everyone’s time was. Post-COVID I am sensing that participants enjoy this down-time a bit more and tend to make use of it to further network with classmates.
Pre-COVID a break in the agenda led to participants jumping on their phones to connect back to the office. Post-COVID, I am seeing participants stay in the classroom and actively work the room to connect with other attendees.
I am sure the pendulum will swing back yet again to a more efficiency-oriented agenda design, but for the foreseeable future I’m going to continue to give participants a bit more “free” time to connect, communicate and share in an unstructured manner.