Play is the world of children. As we grow up, we slowly relegate play to something we do after the important things have been finished.
As adults, play is for evenings and weekends (after bills and chores, of course). Play is generally not seen as a major aspect of workplaces, unless it’s a planned team building activity or celebratory event. Play is the opposite of work. The consensus is, if we are playing, we are not working.
But play is serious work for children. They benefit immensely from it – constantly learning and growing. When they play they are being creatives, innovators, builders and problem-solvers. They can be unconventional and think outside the box.
They learn to communicate and work together. When they play with others, they build stronger relationships and learn how to negotiate through conflicts in a way that is beneficial for everyone.
Play belongs in organizations – not just once in a while, but every day. Workplaces that harness the benefits of play create more innovative, collaborative and productive environments. Play reduces stress, absenteeism and presenteeism, and creates a more energized environment.
Whether it’s cards at lunch, crayons and markers to craft visions and plans, daily organized fun breaks, role-playing to gain better understanding of client experiences, toys to reduce stress, play dough to design prototypes, or games to loosen tensions and open minds before meetings – invite more play into your office.