Abstracts: November 26th, 2001

If the atmosphere in the workplace is more like a morgue than a holiday camp, workers within it may not be performing at their most creative. The author quotes studies which suggest that two-thirds of today’s workers do not like their jobs and feel no sense of commitment to their organizations’ goals. But play can stimulate the creative ideas needed to meet today’s challenges. Playing also reduces stress and helps people to maintain the perspective they need for successful decision making. Examples are given of organizations that encourage play and fun in the workplace. The conclusion is that providing a fun, pleasant, supportive work environment will have the edge in attracting superior people who view work as a joy and have abundant energy, enthusiasm and talents to focus towards organizational goals.Full text: www.emeraldinsight.com/now/reviews.htm#berg   <http://www.emeraldinsight.com/now/reviews.htm#berg