It Pays to Play!

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Play is not just essential for children; it can be a great source of relaxation and stimulation for adults as well. In support of Lifeline Australia’s Stress Down Day, we are sharing the benefits of play to fuel your imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and emotional well-being.

So, why should we incorporate more play time as adults?

  1. Relieves stress (here are some helpful tips for how to cope with stress)
  2. Improves brain function
  3. Stimulates the mind and boosts creativity
  4. Improves relationships and your connection to others
  5. Keeps you feeling young and energetic!

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.

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation – Plato

Implications for leaders

As a Leader if your team operates without some recreation time, it’s more likely the work will suffer and your team members become chronically overwhelmed and potentially experience burn out.  Encouraging play, on the other hand, creates a more lighthearted work atmosphere that in turn encourages employees to take more creative risks.

Here are some practical suggestions to set a climate for more play…

  • Provide opportunities for social interaction among employees. Throw an unexpected morning tea, put a table tennis table in the lunch room, stage an office treasure hunt.
  • Encourage creative thinking or just lighten the mood of meetings by keeping tactile puzzles on the conference room table.
  • Encourage team members to take regular breaks from their desks, and spend a few minutes engaged in a fun activity, such as a word or number game. Share a funny story or joke with a colleague to make them smile.

 

So, the big question of the day is…What are you doing to support play in your workplace to support your organisational health and well-being?

 

Bright People are proud to support Lifeline Australia’s Stress Down Day which raises funds for their telephone counselling service. To find out more:  http://stressdown.gofundraise.com.au