I love stories related to work because as I listen I see opportunities to analyze, learn, and put it into practice, which is something I am passionate about. I have noticed that nowadays companies are creating more initiatives to improve their work environment and to help their employees come together. I have heard Lego days, cooking classes, camping, volunteer days, and other things that in the past were not even heard of. These are great ideas, but not every organization has the budget or time to make this happen.
I have been thinking of ways for coworkers to come together and break the routine, and hobbies is the answer that came to mind. When a person talks about his or her hobbies there’s excitement and eagerness to share the things they love.
One time I tried in my office a simple activity in which each person in our team shared something they liked to do or talk about a topic they knew well. It was a complete success! We called this space: “Venga le enseño” which means: “come and I’ll teach you” and that’s exactly what it was, an invitation for people to listen, share, learn, and connect. It was simple, relaxed, and didn’t take a lot of hours from our job. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to see the results: people in our office sharing what they enjoy doing and what they knew.
Using hobbies to improve the work environment is powerful:
It can become the starting point to improve your team’s communication.
It empowers and motivates employees.
It strengthens the team as they learn from each other about each other.
It creates quality time at the office.
It creates the habit of giving and receiving at work.
It could become the place and moment to come up with solutions. .
If you really think about it, there are hundreds of activities that can be planned around hobbies, it’s just a matter of letting your imagination go and making it happen. Enjoy your hobbies, share them, and use them to get to know yourself better.