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All Work and No Play

All Work and No Play

by Frank Roche on May 22, 2007

in Performance, Wellness

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How’s that 80-hour workweek working for you? You know, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. (Nope, I’m not going to bother with the PC version — it is what it is.)

Robyn McMaster has a very interesting post on her excellent Brain Based Biz site called Play to Recharge Your Brain. Robyn offers some very good suggestions to put a little play in your day. Plus, she links to a Psychology Today Burnout Test. Yikes. Read it and weep.

Do you have HR programs in place that promote play? Um, no, meetings are not play, I don’t care if each of them start out with a “teambuilding exercise.”

One HR executive I know used to have a daily game of P-I-G in her office with her team. They had a small basketball hoop and a Nerf basketball. The winner usually was the one who could bank a shot off the window, hit the ceiling, and get nothing but net. It was real play…and one of the highest work performance groups ever.

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