Love to knit, or do you prefer whitewater rafting?
Maybe you love to sell your jewelry on Etsy, or you give scrapbooks to your family as gifts each Christmas.
Whatever it is that you and your co-workers love to do on your time off, one of the most surprising ways to learn more about your co-workers is to discover their hobbies.
For example, maybe you’ll find out the soft spoken receptionist for the sales department loves to scream out rock and roll songs at the neighborhood karaoke bar! Or you’ll learn that your “tough as nails” supervisor makes glass beads for Beads of Courage.
When you take the time to share your hobby with others, you deepen their understanding of what you enjoy. This can increase their appreciation for who you are as a team member.
Why it’s important to choose a hobby
Some hobbies are more expensive than others (e.g. collecting antique cars). But all hobbies offer many benefits with little to no drawbacks.
Can relieve stress
- Hobbies allow us to disengage from our everyday work and other obligations. They relieve stress and help to rejuvenate our minds and our bodies.
Challenge your brain
- Some hobbies require more thought than others (e.g. playing chess). When you ask your brain to do something different, such as learning a new hobby, it stimulates your mind and forces it to form new thought patterns.
Allow you to leave a legacy
Imagine a homemade quilt, passed down through the family... an adventure filled story about your childhood... a scrapbook filled with your dreams, travels, family photos and stories... All are
- wonderful ways to leave a legacy for the generations which follow you.
They’re all a type of hobby easily learned and can also be passed down from generation to generation.
Make a little extra cash if you want
Is your goal is to make your hobby pay for itself, or earn some extra income? Hobbies can be an enjoyable way to make money doing what you love.
Have a hobby that you enjoy? Use this month - National Hobby Month - as a good reason to share that information with your co-workers.
You may find out one or more of them have similar interests outside of work, or each of you may be entirely different!
It doesn’t matter what kinds of hobbies you enjoy. The most important thing is taking the time to learn more about each other. Find ways to forge connections which help you function together as a well oiled machine.