Take the Time to Play
“Never lose your inner child. ” Sociologists have shown the importance of play, leisure and recreation to work-life balance. Historically, holidays and special occasions create an opportunity for adults to play and pretend as they did as children, such as during Halloween or during shows or parades.
More recently, studies are focusing on the importance of employers giving staff time to literally play: to unwind and take a break from the stress of work in the middle of the day. By building in this time for play – and paying workers to do it as part of work time – wellbeing is significantly improved.