On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on how playing at work can increase productivity with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
Innovative companies like Facebook and Google are changing the way employees go to work. By adding the element of play in the work environment, employees have the chance to relax while harness creativity.
Peter Han, president of Play.Fully.Creative, a Houston-based business that works with others to design playful learning activities, projects and learning environments, stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss how introducing play into the work environment can be beneficial to employers.
“The act of play allows one person to cross boundaries that might limit innovation and the ability to be empathetic,” Han said. “Play is something that we should keep in mind not only as pleasurable, but also very pragmatic as it allows us to be productive than if it were constrained or acting out of fear.”
Although play is becoming more accepted in the workplace, the younger generation of employees seems apprehensive to show this side at work, according to Han.
“Today’s employees are more reluctant about being allowed to play at work because they are more concerned with retaining their jobs. I believe that they have more fear if they do exhibit playfulness that it will be seen as frivolous and risk their career so it’s a greater challenge.”
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