“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
- George Bernard Shaw
Play at work is linked with less fatigue, boredom, stress, and burnout in individual workers. Play is also positively associated with job satisfaction, sense of competence, and creativity. And research suggests that the upsides of play extend beyond the individual. Teams of workers can benefit from play via increased trust, bonding and social interaction, sense of solidarity, and a decreased sense of hierarchy.
Play at work ideas:
1. Solve a weekly riddle. The first person to answer the riddle wins a small gift ($5 gift card).
2. Have a community jigsaw puzzle.
3. Scavenger hunt. Break the office into several teams and the first team to finish wins.
4. Have a boardgame tournament.
5. Host Bingo night.
6. Have a Rock Paper Scissors tournament.