The importance of play

I used to work in a secondary school where the focus on league tables and exam results left very little room for play, either in teaching or learning.

The working world as influenced by startups is full of examples of environments that look like play but serve the purposes of business by encouraging staff to spend time in the office - ping pong tables, bean bags, the Friday drinks cart.

My dog needs play to prevent him from getting bored. In fact, he’s more able to focus on tasks such as training if he’s had a play session beforehand. For him, the nature of the toy matters less than my presentation of the fun of it.

I encourage my clients to try things out more readily, learn lessons and focus efforts as we iterate. We can do all the strategising and planning in the world but, unless we put some play into the doing, it will be for naught.

Laura DavisComment