Play at work improves employees' motivational and cognitive processes and diversionary play fosters creativity. Ultimately, it helps organisations generate ideas for their new products and processes, respond to new challenges and create a social context that promotes on-going creativity.
Managers have three ways to nurture play: by creating a playful environment, giving staff the freedom to turn work into play and setting aside a specific time and space for employees to play with new ideas.
Professor Babis Mainemelis and doctoral candidate Sarah Ronson
London Business School, September 2006
Review by Morice Mendoza