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Play in Team Building Events and why it’s crucial

Play is older than culture, as play is older than human society. Animals played before humans, and animals don’t need humans to teach it how to play. Dutch Historian and cultural theorist Johan Huizinga wrote a book in 1938 called Homo Ludens, or “Playing Man”, that looks at the significance of the play element of culture and society – especially the fact that play is a necessary condition of the generation of culture. In this blog we will take a look at the great importance of play in team building events.

Little wonder, then, that our entire business motto runs on the idea of ‘play’. Our team building exercises may seem frivolous, but it operates on the fundamental idea that playing is learning, playing is creating, and playing speaks to an inherent part of our human psyche, in ways that more constructed processes don’t. Think about it: when we were little and in the playground, being able to play with complete strangers, even if there are language barriers, was not any issue. Through the act of play, a wordless communication was established. How many other acts in life can compare to this?

evolution of play, importance of play in team building

Huizinga identifies 5 aspects that define ‘play’:

  1. To play is free, is in fact freedom.
  2. Playing is not ‘ordinary’ or ‘real’ life.
  3. Play is distinct from ‘ordinary’ life both as to locality and duration.
  4. Playing creates order, is order. Play demands order absolute and supreme.
  5. Playing is connected with no material interest, and no profit can be gained from it.

I’m sure Number 5 caught some people’s attention: no profit can be gained from it? Doesn’t that make corporate team building not play? To answer this, you must look at the previous four stipulations. Play is freedom, play is away from ‘ordinary’ life, and ‘ordinary location. And play creates order.

How we apply Play to our Pirate Pursuit Games

Take our Pirate Pursuit team building games for example. It provides the participants with complete freedom to act as the pirate that they want to be. It’s not a script, it’s not theatre, they can be a terrible pirate, but they are still playing a pirate. The theming, the costumes, and the kind of games played take them away from their ordinary, office lives. Yet there is still order in the structure – they are completing mini-games, and they are still trying to be a pirate. This stops the event from descending into utter chaos, and helps sustain the illusion of the un-‘ordinary’. All while giving them the freedom to play.

When you have imagined yourself in this situation, you don’t think about being clinical and result-driven! Your mindset, while playing Pirate Pursuit, stops thinking about team building, or sale targets, it just thinks about playing. The teambuilding elements, like communication, bonding, problem solving, they all come naturally as a part of the playing.

I can also imagine that many professionals are probably sceptical about the efficiency of playing as a way to achieve results. After all, they are grown adults! They have more self-awareness and control to direct their own learning, without resorting to playing like children. But think about how much we learned about life and society around us when we were young! The inter-personal skills that were picked up just by playing without goal, but just for the sake of playing – imagine making that kind of breakthrough at an adult age! We always attribute the loss of play to ‘growing up’, and becoming more self-conscious about our conduct, but the truth is, we will always know how to play with other people. The important part is being given the opportunity to do it.

In conclusion…

I’m not saying that the key to success is to literally drop everything and go out and play, all the time, because without there being comparison to the contrary, play cannot be considered play. But occasionally, a person must give themselves the opportunity to play without cause. Teambuilding is a perfect time to do it, because the incidental fruits of playing with your co-workers will coincide with many of the basic aims of teambuilding exercises. By making teambuilding fun, and playful, it eliminates the negative pressure put upon the people by the ways of expectations.

Now that you’ve read on the importance of learning through play, it’s time to consider your next team building event. All of our team building events are designed around this very concept of play, with many different themes to choose from. We also have professional hosts to run these events, to assure that ‘absolute order’ that is so important, without losing out on the fun!

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We offer high-quality and professional entertainment services in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Tasmania & Canberra. Available across Australia – we’d love to hear about your event and how we can help. To be sure your entertainment makes your event memorable, consult with us today!

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