Project Management

The Importance of Playtime

Mike Donoghue is a member of a multinational information technology corporation where he collaborates on the communications guidelines and customer relationship strategies affecting the interactions with internal and external clients. He has analyzed, defined, designed and overseen processes for various engagements including product usability and customer satisfaction, best practice enterprise standardization, relationship/branding structures, and distribution effectiveness and direction. He has also established corporate library solutions to provide frameworks for sales, marketing, training, and support divisions.

The idea of playing online or computer-based games during work hours has generally been frowned upon--unless you are employed by a game development operation. Aside from the fact that the very action is a diversion from our professional responsibilities, playing games also has the potential to become very addictive, thus taking more time away from your job activities.

Unless you or your organization have exercised some administrative muscle, you’ve probably experienced situations during presentations or meetings where many of the attendants are using their phones and tablets to amuse themselves. Texting is one thing; however, indulging in the animated shenanigans of birds, pigs, zombies, falling bricks and other manifestations while on company time is something more than a little distracting.

But even though we’ve regulated play to children, wannabe children and employee training scenarios, there is a lot of value in promoting play in the workforce.

Play Time
In the heyday of special company training seminars, there were often playful exercises that specialized in interactive problem solving, collaboration, trust, teambuilding and so forth. Today though, we are living in a world seeking lower costs and greater convenience so many traditional training programs have been replaced with online versions.

While there are virtual business classes that …

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