All Work, No Play

That use to be the motto back in the Henry Ford days; people use to think seriousness translated to work productivity. But that is no longer the case.

In the Daniel H. Pink’s book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, he makes the case that it’s better to include some levity in one’s work and bring forth the importance of humor, games, and joyfulness.

It’s true — being able to use the right-side of your brain actually increase productivity as workers are more inclined to do more in a comfortable environment. As with the Ford days, you would get disciplined if you laughed or joked around on the assembly line, which translated to costing a few minutes of work.

Being able to incorporate humor into your workplace provides a sense of lightness and relatability to your workers. People who feel more at ease tend to do better work — it’s as simple as that. We’ve also seen the benefits of gamifying certain mundane tasks to encourage participation in many organizations. When there’s a chance to include some fun into work, do it.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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P.S. I haven’t tried Spikeball yet, but this looks fun.