Breaks at work? Please do not fill your office with TVs and video games

We often hear about how organizations can and should be more flexible, not only from the point of view of the processes and bureaucracy,  but also for activities that improve work atmosphere.
One trend is the so-called gamification, which is usage of games and playing techniques in work environments; gamification is actually a system that invest on games and simulations aiming to improve critical thinking and  people attitude.For me it is not enough. It is true that transforming working tasks and training sessions (at least part of them) can help; but what then changes quality of working life it is most of all something that goes away from the task-specific. Essentially there is a lack of spaces where you can leave room for creativity and personal expressions. Apart from large multinationals, there is not such space. If you think about it, even in schools there is recreation; so why workplaces shouldn’t have that? Please do not remind me lunch breaks, which satisfy a primary need, eating, not entertainment and enable creativity.

Diapositiva1For my idea of organization, system made up of people who have always strive for innovation, achievement of critical and collaboration, we should just consider distractions as strength (clearly if job performances are satisfactory and organization is mature from this point of view. If not, distractions becomes evasions from what should be done).  Let’s say that, a part from lunch breaks, you have give for example 30 minutes for creativity and freedom. No video games that many cognitive psychology studies established that do not allow to relax and creativity (there is a sort of brain freeze), but encourage reading, writing and liberal arts . Even watching television does not help  because it has same effects of video games. We just need spaces for painting, poetry and writing; I am definitely an indomitable romantic, but it would help to go also to develop cognitive skills maybe not used during that day. Do you remember left and right brain discourse? so, go for it!

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