“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
While this phrase may bring to mind visions of Stephen King’s The Shining, the idiom has been around for centuries. Too often, especially in the corporate world where stress is maximized and recreation is scarce, employees find themselves fighting burn out, health problems, and depression. Everyone needs time away to refresh and revitalize. But what if this could happen during the workday? Play within the workplace is a growing trend that appears to greatly increase the productivity and contentment of staff members at work.
The Power of Play in the Workplace
Playing at work varies greatly from a quick round of video games to reading a book to team-building challenges. No matter what form of recreation is utilized at a job, the ultimate outcome is a happier, healthier employee.
According to The Huff Post, psychiatrist Stuart Brown, the founder of the National Institute for Play, says that the fun of team-building challenges can boost knowledge, as learning in an entertaining environment helps us retain what we learned.
“There is good evidence that if you allow employees to engage in something they want to do, (which) is playful, there are better outcomes in terms of productivity and motivation.”
Play Creates Happy, Long-Term Employees
When a staff member feels supported and valued by an employer, the level of loyalty is deeper, and the working relationship is better, which in turn improves the quality of the employee’s work. CAREERXCHANGE believes that injecting fun into the workplace lowers a company’s turnover rate, stating that having content workers not only improves the quality of the job they perform but also saves the time and cost of training replacements.
Sodexo is another corporation that believes in a workspace that is joyful rather than tense. The benefits of a playful work environment include better quality, positive relationships, improved health, lower turnover rate, and much more. This may in-fact be the wave of the future.