At Playworks, we want to lead with the same values we teach children on our playgrounds. For us, this means nurturing an emotionally intelligent workplace. Emotional quotient, or EQ, is our ability to recognize emotions, to manage them, and to draw on information from emotions to guide our thoughts and interactions.
Social and emotional skills are just as important for adults as for kids. By practicing them every day in the workplace, we improve the quality of our work, the health of our community, and our ability to model these skills for children.
Here are a few ways we build our social and emotional skills at Playworks:
Every year on the third Wednesday of November, Playworks celebrates #GratitudeDay. We take a break to share our thanks with as many people as we can. Practicing gratitude for the people in our lives—from our grandparents to our postal workers—keeps us grounded in what matters most. Join us on November 16 by thanking someone in your life.
Play is important for adults, too! We already know play helps kids practice social and emotional skills. The benefits continue when we grow up. From spontaneous 5-minute foursquare breaks to elaborate group games, playing together helps us build community and go back to work refreshed. Want to bring recess to your office and support Playworks at the same time? Check out our Corporate Recess opportunities.
How is your team building social and emotional skills? We’d love to hear your ideas.