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.
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.
5 things that caught our (playful) eye: