Many of the factors involved with creative and successful functioning in the business world mirror the characteristics commonly associated with engaging in play! These include risk taking, confidence in presenting novel ideas, embracing unusual and fresh perspectives, and acting without consciousness of social approval.
“Creativity is the first step in innovation, and innovation is absolutely vital for long-term corporate success. The work environment within an organization can make the difference between the production of new, useful ideas for innovative business growth and the continuance of old, progressively less useful routines.” –Teresa Amabile
Encouraging play will increase creativity in the workplace, which will also boost innovation, productivity, morale, and job satisfaction. Each of these are factors that contribute to a more successful work environment! Try to find ways to incorporate a little playfulness into your workday each day, and notice any changes in your overall attitude or work ethic!
Remember…if you’re stuck on something, try taking a break from thinking about it and just play about it. You may surprise yourself with the answers you receive!
As adults, we are often made to feel guilty for engaging in play because it is somehow perceived as being unproductive, childish, and a waste of time. I’m here to tell you that there is no need to feel embarrassed! Playing is an essential part of living a healthy, fulfilling life! Even though adult play has yet to be accepted by mainstream society as important to our health and wellness, we have recently found ways to incorporate it into some very clever places!
Adult-Sized Sandbox Check out the article!
The Fun Theory – an initiative presented by Volkswagen that is dedicated to using fun and playful measures to change people’s behaviors for the better!
Improv Everywhere – A group of people who pull pranks to “cause chaos and joy in public places.”
Wouldn’t any of those things brighten your day? You should never feel embarrassed or guilty when engaging in playful behaviors, just simply enjoy it!