How Having a Hobby Can Help With Your Career

Overcoming Productivity Killers Series 2 of 4

In the second part of our “Overcoming Productivity Killers” series, the impact having a hobby has on your career is detailed.

Have you ever wondered when that pottery class would come in handy for your career? What about your love of painting or cooking? Research out of San Francisco State University found that employees who participate in a creative outlet after work hours were more likely to be better problem-solvers during the day, increasing their value as an employee.

The research, as reported by LearnVest, a personal finance website, states: “study participants who actively took part in creative activities scored as much as 30% higher on performance rankings than those who rarely worked out their right brains.”

How does having a creative outlet really help your career, though? Assistant Professor of Psychology at San Francisco State University Kevin Eschleman, co-author of the study, told National Public Radio (NPR): “creative activities really can provide the opportunity to learn something new about yourself. You’re using that time to recharge.”

NPR reported: “the researchers surveyed about 350 people with a variety of jobs (and a variety of hobbies) about what they did in their free time and also asked about their behavior at work. Those who said they engaged fairly often in a creative activity scored 15 to 30 percent higher on performance rankings than those who engaged in creative activities only occasionally.”

It’s natural to sometimes think that staying late at the office is more important than your band practice or to work on that scarf you’ve been knitting, but, according to research from San Francisco State University, don’t put your hobbies on the back burner; they are helping you in more ways than you might think.

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What creative activities do you participate in after work?

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