The Importance of Play @Work

At first thought play and work are two words that just don’t seem to go together.  If employees are playing then they are not being productive, right?  Not quite.  You see, the right amount of playful time brings happiness, meaningful connections, alleviates stress and actually increases overall productivity.  Companies are striving to improve their culture and engage their employees, and “Play@Work” just may be the holy grail for this mission.

Building Meaningful Connections & Community

Enter, ZogCulture.  Their battle cry is to “Never Stop Playing.”  They believe to play is to be human so they built a business around it.  Their mission is to bring people together to create real personal connections, caring communities, and of course, a sense of play through fun events like summer field days and in-office game nights.

“Play” is so important studies have shown that implementing a “play@work” strategy helps your employees to be:

  • More collaborative
  • More creative
  • More productive
  • Happier
  • Better problem solvers
  • More likely to stay with the company

Having had the experience to participate in one of ZogCulture’s experiential events, we can tell you first hand that their strategies break-down inhibitions, foster camaraderie and drive happiness.  And applied to the workplace, happy employees are productive employees.

Below we share some of ZogCulture’s incredible insights:

  • Connection Questions are Key – Inspired by Adam Grant, connection questions provide a quick and fun way to get to know your colleagues.  Prior to a meeting, or during lunch or happy hour, throw some questions out for employees to explore with one another.  Below are a few examples:
    • When was the last time you sang to yourself or someone else?
    • Is there something you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it.
    • If your house was on fire, what one belonging would you save and why?
  • People Play in Different Ways – Dr. Stuart Brown identified “8 Play Personalities” listed below, when we think of diversity and inclusion its important to recognize that different groups have different preferences and all of these should be addressed.
    • The Director
    • The Artist
    • The Kinesthete
    • The Joker
    • The Competitor
    • The Collector
    • The Storyteller
    • The Explorer
  • 5 Easy Ways to Play at Work – Different workplaces have various limitations on what they are able to implement for play, below we provide a few of ZogCulture’s suggestions.
    • Start meetings with a connection question such as “2 truths and a lie”
    • Take a break to play (have a quick card game, in-office jeopardy, etc.)
    • Offer fun prizes for friendly competition
    • Get out of the office (take a walk around the block during lunch)
    • Consider activities for different play personalities

Whether “play” is a part of your culture or not, it should be something to consider.  Take small steps, maybe start by introducing meetings with connection questions.  Engaging your employees and keeping them happy will increase retention and attract new top talent to your team. ZogCulture is a partner who can make it all work together.

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