Tackling Disruptive Cliques in the Office – with help from The Sunflower Corporation @sunflowercorp
9th April 2014
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Clique Definition: A small close-knit group of people who do not readily allow others to join them.  

A clique may seem harmless, it can form naturally, whether it's a few people bonding whilst working on a project or the crowd who sit on the left of the office. As creatures of habit, it's natural for us to group with others who are like-minded or share common interests.  

Cliques can however foster a culture of exclusivity, leaving others feeling isolated which can in turn effect morale and productivity. After all, no one wants to feel like and outsider, do they? 

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 43% of workers say their office is populated by cliques. 

Whether knowingly or unknowingly, these groups create tension, pollute the work environment, destroy trust, and sometimes even drive good workers out of the job. 

Does this behaviour sound familiar? Do you think it is developing at your company? 

Hannah Hall and her team at The Sunflower Corporation were asked by a client to look at a business where the team was physically split across a number of locations so they naturally formed cliques. 

So how did they help? 

The team leader recognised that the efficiency of the team as a whole was being affected as each clique was working in isolation. 

A team day was scheduled and we ran Team Dynamics  - a session using our toolkit of short, sharp, interactive exercises that are designed to explore various aspects of effective team behaviour. 

We put together a bespoke day to break up the cliques with the end result being one unified team ready to take on their next challenge! 

"The tasks really helped us bond and it's amazing what we can actually do when we all work together!"  


Call Hannah at The Sunflower Corporation if you want to chat through your team challenges on

020 8661 5547. 

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