Many people are working longer and harder, thinking that this will solve the problem of an ever-increasing workload. But they are still falling behind, becoming chronically overwhelmed, and burning out. Work is where we spend much of our time.
That is why it is especially important for us to play during work. Without some recreation, our work suffers. Success at work doesn’t depend on the amount of time you work. It depends upon the quality of your work. And the quality of your work is highly dependent on your well-being.
Taking the time to replenish yourself through play is one of the best things you can do for your career. When the project you’re working on hits a serious glitch (as often happens), heading out to the basketball court with your colleagues to shoot some hoops and have a few laughs does a lot more than take your mind off the problem. If you are looking to use the power of play as team building, consider a scavenger hunt, sculpting ice, or building a chocolate bridge will also allow your relationship to the problem to shift and enable you to approach it from a new perspective.”
Some of the reasons we play:
- To learn
- To create
- To feel challenged
- Competitively to win
- For the fun and joy of it
A major benefit of team building play is learning to tap into the brain’s right hemisphere, which is often underutilized in the workplace. This is the cerebral real estate that hosts imagination, creativity and intuition. Long thought to be useful only to artists, writers and musicians, we now understand that right-brain thinking also plays a vital role in the business world.
So why is “play” such a wonderful learning tool?
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