The article begins with: “In his memoir, Henry Ford wrote: “When we are at work we ought to be at work. When we are at play we ought to be at play. There is no use trying to mix the two.” This anti-play approach to work has outlived the Industrial Revolution, and the notion that work and play are opposites still lingers in many workplaces. In Sweden, where, both as a researcher and as a consultant, I try to encourage more play in the workplace, I often hear the echo of the Puritan work ethic in the grumbling expression “this is a workplace, no playground sandbox!”… Read the complete article.
The latest issue of SGI Quartarly has many more articles on various aspects of play and is well worth a read.