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Play at work leads to better outcomes 🎮 #6

Hey everybody, The above photo is from our final training workshop with one of our financial clients.
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Play at work leads to better outcomes 🎮 #6
By Ross Chapman • Issue #6 • View online
Hey everybody,
The above photo is from our final training workshop with one of our financial clients.
Sometimes people forget that this is real work. Sketching, using stickers, having big ideas.
The Association of Psychological Science, in their article “playing up the benefits of play at work” dispels the myth that you shouldn’t ‘play’ at work:
Research has found evidence that play at work is linked with less fatigue, boredom, stress, and burnout in individual workers. Play is also positively associated with job satisfaction, sense of competence, and creativity. Studies show that when a participant receives a task that is presented playfully, they are more involved and spend more time on the task.
A number of the activities in the Sprint can be seen as 'play’ and for good reason. The Sprint is hard, but fun. It requires a lot of concentration and engagement. Also, if we’re not thinking playfully, solutions to our problems can likely be more mediocre and safe. Play helps us work towards bold solutions.
And if you think play at work is a relatively new idea, check this article from 2015.

5 things that caught our (playful) eye:

An error page in your product can often be forgotten about. Sometimes they’re used for PR, but don’t forget that a great error page has a job to do - help the user viewing it!
Design sprints allow you to prototype and validate potential products, services, and processes in under a week. Some pretty successful companies have used it - I wonder why?
We’re very excited about what’s being called growth design.
One of the pieces of feedback I receive from training workshops is that people would like to hear more case studies - so here’s one from a vision sprint.
“How can HR create great employee experiences that empower creativity, collaboration and innovation? Design Thinking is an approach that works” thinks Linda Naiman.
I’ve been doing this activity for the past two weeks and it really works. Writing a post-it note of my highlight before I start work and reflecting upon it afterwards has helped me feel more fulfilled and that I’m working on the most important things, not the most urgent.

Workshops 👋
Last few tickets available for our last design sprint training event this year. They won’t be this cheap again!

Thanks for reading! I’d love to get some feedback (let’s collaborate to improve the value here!), so feel free to reply to this email. ⚡️
-Ross
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