Executive Toys for Restless Adults

brackitz elephant

Recent studies claim the average person spends 50 to 70 percent of their time sitting down. These terrifying results are partly because a large portion of the working population have desk jobs. Those with mainly sedentary occupations are at a higher risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and premature death. Even more than just negative health benefits, sitting at a desk for eight hours per day can slowly wear on an individual’s psyche. Researchers have found that playing with executive toys (any object that sits in a workplace and can be fiddled with, building toys are great for this) can actually increase productivity by allowing individuals to focus more readily, to ease anxiety, and to generate fresh ideas. 

Wall Street Journal writer Sue Shellenbarger claims playing with a geometric puzzle or stress ball at your desk can seem like idle diversion. It may also spark clearer or more creative thinking.She argues that clicking, stretching, twirling, flipping, squeezing, stroking, or fiddling with everyday objects helps individuals overcome feelings of boredom, confusion, anger, and restlessness. Pens, coat toggles, rings, magnets, putty, building blocks, building toys, and mini versions of Newton’s Cradle are all examples of executive toys.

Individuals who feel restless or claustrophobic in their cubicles find that the physical stimulation of executive toys reduces their stress levels and increases their ability to focus on the task at hand. All too often toys are viewed as being childish, distracting, and an inhibitor of workflow. Used appropriately (and not just as a distraction), toys can facilitate production. Fidgeting allows individuals to take a step back from their screens and de-stress by holding something tactile.

John Edmark, the designer of The Helicone, argues the overabundance of digital devices are exactly why executive toys are so valuable in the workplace. He claims: We know anything can happen on that computer screen, and it may be beautiful or magical. But objects in the analog world are bound by physical constraints. When they appear to defy the laws of nature, they seem all the more remarkable.

Similar studies on fidgeting indicate that college students who take their notes by hand understand the material more efficiently than those who take notes on a laptop, for the same reason that children who count on their fingers have an easier time with arithmetic as adults: we need physical stimuli. Executive toys offer adults a mini-vacation, a short hiatus, and a chance to catch their breath. Playing with a slinky or fidgeting with a yo-yo may actually improve cognitive function and spark new ideas. The smooth maple planks and colorful connectors of our Brackitz are just one example of executive toys that can be used to help relieve restlessness. Their portable and light-weight design are perfect for desks and office spaces. 


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in News

Brackitz Building Toy Featured on Fox at Primrose Schools STEM Education Program
Brackitz Building Toy Featured on Fox at Primrose Schools STEM Education Program

Brackitz in Primrose Preschools nationwide!

Read More
Take the Guesswork Out of Holiday Toy Shopping
Take the Guesswork Out of Holiday Toy Shopping

Looking to surprise and delight the littlest ones on your holiday gift list this year? Stop scrolling through pages of reviews and standing dazed at the toy shelves – the experts at The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio are here to help! 
Read More
Engineer a Kid's Table for the Holidays
Engineer a Kid's Table for the Holidays

To help you in your efforts, we’ve pulled together some fun ideas to keep your youngest guests happy and engaged on turkey day. This year, why not turn the kids' table into the place to be with...
Read More

Subscribe

X

You might also be interested in...

Brackitz 15 Piece Bonus Pack - Promo

$0.00

View
No thanks.
x