More often than not, we aren’t running on all cylinders when 3pm rolls around—or at least, not running with the same amount of energy we had after that morning coffee. While the temptation to grab another caffeine-fueled cup is high, some companies have taken to adopting the arts into lunchtime practices to keep employees engaged and energized. Taking a quick break to get your body moving has proven to revitalize employees for a more productive afternoon, and we all know the arts are a surefire way to recruit and retain employees.
United Shore, the mortgage lender, holds 10-minute dance parties every Thursday afternoon; in fact, they have a dance floor that can fit over 100 people for just this occasion. CEO Mat Ishbia gladly participates, because he believes that “the dance parties give them a little break to get up, reenergize themselves, and get back to their day. That energy helps them stay focused."
Taking the dance party to the next level are Lunch Breaks, lunchtime dance parties by Flavorpill and Perrier in cities such as NYC, Miami, Chicago, and LA. The midday party series provides a live DJ and a free cocktail for employees to dance their lunch hour away—and even offers a classic bagged lunch as you head back to the office. Past guest DJs of this one-hour special event have included DJ Questlove, Autograf, Penguin Prison, and other big names. In addition to paving the way for a more productive afternoon, the creative practice of office dance parties helps to engage employees with one another and foster a sense of camaraderie among staff.
For a more low-key setting, or for those employees who may not be comfortable with the idea of busting a move in the office, Headsets.com incorporates Amy Cuddy’s power pose theory. Members utilize the company conference room to stretch, move, and engage in a bit of role-playing to feel more powerful. Cuddy’s research suggests that stretching your body out and holding power poses (think superman) increases testosterone levels and reduces cortisol (the stress hormone).
A CBS report stated: “Believe it or not, [Cuddy’s] studies show that if you stand like a superhero privately before going into a stressful situation, there will actually be hormonal changes in your body chemistry that cause you to be more confident and in-command…[M]ake no mistake, Cuddy’s work is grounded in science.” Grounded in science, but driven by a little bit of creativity and imagination…
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