What if having a sense of fun and an ability to play was on the key selection criteria to your dream job, are you in your dream workplace?
As children we all possessed a natural ability to play and have fun. It was the very tool we utilised for learning and connecting to those around us. Unfortunately though somewhere along the way to adulthood, we were taught to be serious.
At school we learnt “there is a time for learning and a time to play”, which then was interpreted later to “there is a time for work and a time for play”. Left with a strong impression that work and play are the opposite of one another. Yet this could not be further from the truth.
<h2>Work is not the opposite of play, but rather synonymous to it.</h2>
So important in fact that companies are creating colorful spaces with games, interior gardens and, in some cases, large slides as a way to reintroduce play into their workplace.
We already know playfulness, fun and laughter are necessary antidotes to our daily stresses. Stimulating the imaginations of employees encourages a re-evaluation around current mindsets towards work, workplace wellness and well-being.
The good news is we don’t need a giant slide, bikes or Segway’s to introduce play into your workplace. Playful Inquiry allows us to start immediately with an attitude of playfulness in the way we communicate with one another.
By asking a simple question such as “What is the best thing that has happened to you so far today”? Instead of the usual “how are you”? Adds an element of fun and playfulness to our daily work as well as being able to take the time and effort to show others they are valued.
Playfulness is an engagement process, it allows us to overcome seriousness and takes any risk out of expressing ourselves. When there a sense of play, participation can be enjoyable and desirable.
Encouraging playful enquiry, allows us to create something new out of what already exists, it strengthens social bonds and workplace satisfaction, which benefits teams and companies in the unique way only playing can.