Today is National Recess at Work Day

We’ve all heard that “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten,” and yet we often don’t apply what we learned.

What will you do on Recess at Work Day? (Photo by Cynthia Price)

What will you do on Recess at Work Day? (Photo by Cynthia Price)

I’m specifically referring to recess, which was always one of the best parts of the day. It was a time to play, to be silly and to laugh. I suspect it helped us blow of excess energy so we could better focus, too. And it gave the teachers a bit of a respite.

Turns out there is a Recess at Work Day, and it’s today!

It’s only in its second year, but I think we should all embrace the day because it encourages businesses to organize a 30-minute break for their workers. Turn off computers, put down the cell phones and go have some fun.

The day was founded by Rich DiGirolamo, a Wolcott-based business consultant who focuses on reducing employee turnover. He thought of a national day to restore some fun on the job, even for just a half hour.

Recess at Work Day is a chance “to relive your youth, create team spirit, increase employee morale and just have some fun,” he states on his site. “All employees should go outside and play. Fly a kite. Play tag. Juggle. Bring a jump rope with you. Play catch. Toss a football. The possibilities are endless.”

My contribution to the day – I am bringing in novelty ice cream for everyone in my division. The caveat is that we all need to go outside and eat the bars. Someone else is bringing soap bubbles because who doesn’t like blowing bubbles.

How will you spend recess?