To be successful, take your hobbies seriously

During confinement, you got a taste for yoga, the piano or stand up, you started creating a podcast, a vegetable patch or reading the Lord of the Rings… With deconfinement, don't stop these activities, and even go for it! As with most French people, these leisure activities improve your quality of life. But not only that: they also contribute to your professional success.

The more time we spend practising an activity, learning new knowledge and skills, exchanging with people who share our interests, the more we gain the famous “soft skills”, or skills said to be soft, which are highly sought after in the world of the business.

Beyond time, the level of seriousness given to one's occupations is another determining factor in the enrichment of work through leisure. Taking on challenges, being an expert on certain subjects or even showing the fruit of one's investment are all manifestations of our involvement.

No, leisure does not harm your professional life (or almost)

Contrary to what one could intuitively think, our leisure time in itself does not harm our professional life, on the contrary. With the difference that all of this applies when the leisure activities in question are far from professional activity. In other words, for a hobby not to overshadow work and to be able to constitute a contribution for the latter, it must be dissimilar. That is to say that the skills and knowledge mobilized are as far as possible from those of your professional life.

The closer the leisure activities are to your work, the more the resources required are the same. There is then a strong risk of conflict between the demands emanating from leisure and those emanating from work, the one not making it possible to respond to the other. Conversely, with different leisure activities, you can invest fully in both without risking running out of resources. In short, the enrichment between the spheres arises from the differences in their composition.

We choose our hobbies because they contribute to our personal development. And often, the latter blurs personal development. This is the case when our hobbies allow us to gain self-confidence, become more resilient, improve the quality of our listening or even reduce our general level of anxiety. As many indirect contributions, desirable and sought at the personal level and which benefit the professional sphere by crossing the membranes of the areas of life.

In other words, leisure activities can provide two kinds of essential ingredients for success: skills, either direct contributions and psychic means to use them, or indirect contributions.

Nurturing personal fulfilment


These scientific discoveries inspire some good practices within our teams which could be summed up in the principle of taking up leisure and promoting those of others.

On the one hand as a worker, if our hobbies generate well-being and satisfaction, then they are already beneficial. Indeed, the primary and ultimate vocation of these activities is to nurture our personal development. Having said that, these scientific results encourage us not to be ashamed of our leisure activities or to reduce our investment in them.

Among the arguments in this sense, the investment and seriousness that you put into personal activities also reflect the investment and seriousness that you are capable of in your work. This testifies to your ability to organize and manage our different spheres of life and the means that you are ready to deploy in the service of your ambitions.

It is also in the interest of managers to value the initiatives and passions of their collaborators. Beyond the cohesion and collaboration that this encourages, it is also a way to better know your professional entourage while grasping the diversity and originality of their skills, sometimes unsuspected.

Indeed, since the most promising hobbies are also the least similar to professional tasks, transferable skills are rarely obvious. Curiosity about the extra-professional activities of our colleagues is also a way of showing your respect for their personal lives.

 

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