If you think that play is something you only do separately after work, I’d like to share this quote with you from the French diplomat and historian François-René de Chateaubriand:
Ever since I ran away and joined the circus, I've always seen my work as a form of play. The harder the work, the harder I have to play to get through it. This mental trick - to gamify work - enables me to accomplish spectacular things.
We are facing a chronic play deprivation in the modern world.
Projects are left undone, because we are ‘too busy’ to do the work that matters. Superficial relationships with distant co-workers are low-trust with poor communication. All the recent transformations in work culture have led to higher stress, without a release of that stress through deep communication or energetic collaboration.
Playing games can guide us into getting more out of limited resources of time and energy. Deeper connections within a team drive better business performance, and intentional play is how we can gamify our work.
If you’d like to learn how gamifying your work can lead to better results, I invite you to read my latest white paper, Gamify Your Work: