Updated: Mar 20
When we think of ‘team building’ activities, what often springs to mind are the adventure type activities such as raft building, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting or archery. However, have you ever considered the benefits that less competitive, creative activities could have on your workforce?
Creativity and Mental Health
The link between creativity and good mental health is well documented and a quick Google search is a good start if you're interested in the science. However, to give you a bit of a digest, these are the main points that really stand out for me when it comes to demonstrating clear applications for the workplace.
Creativity isn’t just about 'Art'
The definition of creativity is the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness and surely this is what most workplaces strive for when it comes to the workforce? But can we use art to develop creative problem-solving skills, innovation and resilience? Well the answer to this is yes because it’s expressive, explorative and if done in a group environment, it can also be collaborative.
Perhaps more importantly, it’s fun to express ourselves creatively with others. It connects us to each other, improves our focus on positive life experiences, raises our self-worth and heightens our sense of social identity. And because of this, it has a role to play in developing our resilience.
It can be a Catalyst for Engagement and Meaningful Communication
Spending time on an activity completely unrelated to the normal workplace routine can act as a catalyst for new topics of conversation which increases our connection to colleagues. Meaningful conversations and healthy relationships can also develop more readily when the main focus of our attention is not on the conversation itself.
Employees Feel Valued
When we feel valued, we feel happy and able to perform at our best and just the simple act of investing in a 1-2 hour activity in the workplace can demonstrate this.
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