Project Title

Play in the Workplace.....The Competitive Advantage

Presenter Hometown

Richmond, KY

Major

Tourism, Event Planning & Natural Resources

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Dr. Jon McChesney

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

The subject of play in the workplace is one that evokes subjective opinions of whether or not there are linkages with desirable organizational outcomes. Studies on the matter have provided consistent results indicating play and fun in the workplace and being leisure-oriented reaps positive benefits. Studies have indicated that a culture of play and fun can increase employee productivity, engagement, reduce stress, enhance employee loyalty and produce better customer service (Boatman, 2016; Kaye & Jordan-Evans, 2007; McGhee, 2007). The largest generation in the workforce now are Millennials, and they expect to have fun at work (Moore, 2013). In place of dull meeting rooms and cubicles, today’s workplace brings about a more colorful and open creative space. This literature analysis investigating play at work also included an exploration of play in the Eastern Kentucky University, Department of Recreation and Park Administration. Exit surveys of student majors along with interviews of faculty substantiate the importance of play as an aspect of a vibrant organizational culture. One student quote typifies the data, “The special events we have like ChiliFest, 4-Square Tournament and Homecoming Kickball, were very fun, bringing students and faculty together. These activities made us closer personally and professionally.”

Key Words: Play, Fun, Activities, Work, Studies, Recreation, Eastern, Stress, Creative, Benefits

https://www.qnnect.com/blog/how-fun-at-work-can-increase-productivity-and-employee-engagement

https://www.forbes.com/sites/karlmoore/2013/02/28/fun-fun-fun-young-people-want-to-have-fun-at-work/#5fbdc7a2d1ed

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Play in the Workplace.....The Competitive Advantage

The subject of play in the workplace is one that evokes subjective opinions of whether or not there are linkages with desirable organizational outcomes. Studies on the matter have provided consistent results indicating play and fun in the workplace and being leisure-oriented reaps positive benefits. Studies have indicated that a culture of play and fun can increase employee productivity, engagement, reduce stress, enhance employee loyalty and produce better customer service (Boatman, 2016; Kaye & Jordan-Evans, 2007; McGhee, 2007). The largest generation in the workforce now are Millennials, and they expect to have fun at work (Moore, 2013). In place of dull meeting rooms and cubicles, today’s workplace brings about a more colorful and open creative space. This literature analysis investigating play at work also included an exploration of play in the Eastern Kentucky University, Department of Recreation and Park Administration. Exit surveys of student majors along with interviews of faculty substantiate the importance of play as an aspect of a vibrant organizational culture. One student quote typifies the data, “The special events we have like ChiliFest, 4-Square Tournament and Homecoming Kickball, were very fun, bringing students and faculty together. These activities made us closer personally and professionally.”

Key Words: Play, Fun, Activities, Work, Studies, Recreation, Eastern, Stress, Creative, Benefits

https://www.qnnect.com/blog/how-fun-at-work-can-increase-productivity-and-employee-engagement

https://www.forbes.com/sites/karlmoore/2013/02/28/fun-fun-fun-young-people-want-to-have-fun-at-work/#5fbdc7a2d1ed