Archive for July, 2011

July 31, 2011

Childsplay, a poem

There is no one with intelligence

in our town except that man over there

playing with the children.

He has keen, fiery insight

and vast dignity like the night sky,

but he conceals it in childsplay.

–rumi

July 21, 2011

Shifting Perspective

If we can spark movement toward a paradigm shift in the workplace, we can change the way we define a meaningful and successful work experience. The emphasis should not only be on monetary gain and economic success, but on building strong interpersonal connections and leading happy, healthy lives. Employees who are happier and healthier have been shown to perform better on the job…and play can be a catalyst of these advantages! Adults regularly engaging in play could have a positive effect on society and the way we interact with one another and the world around us.

Google has the right idea…a slide in the office! Wouldn’t that make getting to a meeting a little more enjoyable?

July 18, 2011

Adult Play in the Workplace

What adjectives come to mind when thinking about “play”? Some common responses may be: fun, imaginative, enchanting, childish, elusive, and creative. What if I were to tell you that play could also be described as: productive, healthy, innovative, and profitable? A handful of innovative companies are now recognizing the benefits of incorporating a recess-like period into the workday, including: an increase in productivity, job satisfaction, creativity, and mood, and a decrease in absenteeism, turnover, and health care costs!

This recess-like period is an unstructured time that employees have to pursue independent activities and engage in playful behaviors. It may be a small amount of work time that the company will have to sacrifice, but the return on their investment will be well worth it! Play allows employees to get creative, refuel their minds, and develop relationships with other workers that foster the sharing of ideas. By transforming our business model to one that incorporates play, we can revitalize the environment, decrease stress, and promote fresh creativity and job satisfaction!

There is a positive relationship between happy workers and productivity!

Is a new, more playful work environment on the horizon?

July 6, 2011

Playing About It…

“Don’t think about it, play about it” means allowing yourself the pleasure of play on a regular basis. It means that, when faced with feelings of insecurity, pressure, instability, boredom, etc., you can engage in play to help balance your life. Playing throughout your life has incredible benefits on your mental, emotional, and physical well being!

Reflect for a moment on the role of play in your daily life. Do you allow yourself to engage in playful activities without feeling guilty or unproductive?

The stereotypical American is busy, rushed, and over consumed with work. Adults often view play as childish, a waste of time, and can feel embarrassed for engaging in playful activities. Because of this, play as a natural and pleasurable experience is an endangered concept in modern society because people no longer see the value in it.

This blog will show you that play is productive! Play is energizing, refreshing, and a wonderful form of stress relief… Yes, even for adults. There’s no reason you should ever outgrow the need for play.

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