HRchat Podcast - Interviews with HR, Talent and Tech Experts

How Play Helps Employee Performance with Jeff Harry

January 04, 2022 The HR Gazette Season 1 Episode 379
HRchat Podcast - Interviews with HR, Talent and Tech Experts
How Play Helps Employee Performance with Jeff Harry
Show Notes

Have you tried to create authentic connections between your employees and leadership teams but keep hitting roadblocks? In this HRchat episode, we consider the role of play in upping engagement levels in the workplace. 

Bill's guest this time is Jeff Harry, Founder, and Positive Psychology Play Whisperer at Rediscover Your Play. Jeff shows individuals and companies how to tap into their ‘true selves’, to feel their happiest and most fulfilled — all by playing.

​He has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day. 

Jeff is an international speaker who has presented at conferences such as INBOUND and Australia’s Pausefest, and was selected by Engagedly as one of the Top 100 HR Influencers of 2020 for his organizational development work around addressing toxicity in the workplace.

He has been featured in the New YorkTimes, San Francisco Chronicle, and CNN.

Jeff believes that we already have many of the answers we seek. By simply unleashing our ‘inner child’, he suggests, we can find our purpose and, in turn, help to create a better world. And we'll delve into that wonderful aspiration today!

Questions Include:

  • You believe that we already have many of the answers we seek, and by simply unleashing our intuition or "inner child", we can find our purpose and, in turn, help to create a better world. What is our inner child and why should we connect with it?
  • “While we spend most of our time pretending to be important, serious grownups, it's when we let go of that facade and just play, that the real magic happens. Fully embracing your own nerdy genius — whatever that is —gives you the power to make a difference and change lives.“ Please explain why you believe major issues in the workplace be resolved by using play?
  • Let’s discuss the process and methodology. Take some time now and explain your methodology for using forms of play at work to create strong more authentic connections between colleagues. Take me through the process without sharing the results just yet.
  • Remote working brought back by Omicron: What are the challenges when it comes to trying to teach play as a way to grow and achieve when some or all participants are remote?



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