Workshops, by definition, include work, but they don’t have to feel like work. They do have to accomplish some business goal, but when the time feels like play, people participate more and contribute longer.
I design workshops that educate about creativity, innovation and design thinking. Adding exercises to apply what they learn helps them to make sense of their new knowledge, and think about how they might apply this inside their organization. Facilitating a positive experience around this thinking, rewarding their accomplishments, prepares them to make an impact when they return.