A global professional services firm faced a challenge being felt by workforces across all industries. Over the past two years, the firm had hired approximately 30 new people to their 60-person communications team.

The majority of the team had never met each other and were struggling to build connections and a sense of collaboration. At the same time, the organization was facing a considerable amount of change. Legacy employees were resistant to changing old ways of doing things and new employees were frustrated by a lack of willingness to try new things and openness to creativity.

According to a pre-session poll, 30% of respondents said they were only “somewhat comfortable” sharing information and ideas across teams and only 50% reported that new ideas were “very well” received internally.

Peppercomm conducted a half-day interactive Stand Up & Lead workshop that leveraged the tenets of humor and applied improv to speed the path to trust, foster a sense of community and shift thinking from “yes, but” to “yes, and.” The hybrid session including both in-person and virtual teams in a combination of both stand-up and improv exercises that challenged traditional ways of thinking and illustrated the benefits of building on each other’s ideas and to develop breakthrough ideas and out-of-the-box thinking.



said the session opened their minds to new ways of collaborating


said it helped build trust with teammates


learned skills that will help them feel more comfortable sharing opinions and ideas.