In one memorable episode of “The Office” (US), the group takes advantage of Michael and Dwight’s absence by creating and competing in the Dunder Mifflin Olympics. It’s a rare moment when (nearly) everyone comes together to play ridiculous paper-product-themed games together. In addition to being one of the best episodes of the series, it also does a great job of showcasing how play at work can connect teams and bring out the best qualities in your people.
Today’s Five for Friday rounds up articles that explain why play in the workplace is actually beneficial to organizations, including their culture, engagement levels, and more. Take a look (and don’t be an Angela)!
1. The Associate of Psychological Science sums up a study showing that teams that play together exhibit increased trust, bonding and social interaction, sense of solidarity, and a decreased sense of hierarchy.