A barrier to including arts into a business can be the age-old question “How?”. Leadership for many companies wonder how will they do this, and after that, what is the benefit, what does this look like, and more. And while having a fully integrated arts program in your business can be award-worthy (see: Americans for the Arts honors the 10 best businesses in the country that partner with the arts), sometimes it’s important to acknowledge the little steps that can be made in this direction.
Creating an environment of play can generate space for creativity to flourish.
In the article “The Power of Play at Work,” Michelle Burke, team and workplace specialist, shares insight from the founder of the National Institute for Play, “Not only does having a playful atmosphere attract young talent, but experts say play at work can boost creativity and productivity in people of all ages. There is good evidence that if you allow employees to engage in something they want to do, (which) is playful, there are better outcomes in terms of productivity and motivation.”
The pARTnership Movement agrees. And this type of play can take on many artistic forms:
- Company band or singing competitions
- Midday dance parties
- Improv and Acting exercises
- Graffiti workshops
- Painting and drawing events
Michelle further details about play, “… employees are more engaged, collaborative, focused when they are working, more creative and ultimately perform better,” noting companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Ideo, all known for work environments that make room for and encourage play.