What would happen if your boss told you to do that right now? Honestly, think about it for a minute. What would you actually do?
Most of us have to think about it. Most of us, as adults, have lost touch with what feels playful to us. And, most workplaces, even though they may acknowledge the leading research proving that a culture of innovation and collaboration are boosted by play, have no idea where to begin.
Now imagine if your kids, your friends, or someone close to you in your life, outside of work, asked you to go play. How much comes to mind? I’m guessing that it’s easier to imagine what you’d do for fun.
The importance and benefits of play at work are not new concepts (see here, here and here), however, there is still very little play in our day to day jobs. Why? Where does the resistance come from when we consider adding play to the work day?