Four square makes a comeback

Filed under: Work Life, Gadgets, That's Entertainment

I don't know if kids still play four square at recess. I know they did lo those many years ago when I was in elementary school. It seems, however, that it is making a comeback, not in the school yard but in corporate offices in Silicon Valley. Long known for it's outside-the-box thinking, high tech startups are returning to the box -- four of them, in fact -- to stimulate cooperation, creativity, and productivity.

Companies such as Meebo (an internet messaging software company), LinkedIn (a professional networking site), and SimplyHired (a job search website) have embraced the sport and made it part of their corporate way of life. "I know I am personally not capable of sitting down at a desk and being productive all day," said Meebo's 28-year-old co-founder, Seth Sternberg. "Four square gets you up and moving."

I've worked at two companies that had ping-pong tables set up, one of which later went on to add a pool table. One company had a nearly office-wide obsession with Tetris for a while, with everyone staying after work to play. To keep that youthful spirit going, four square seems like the perfect choice for a corporate sport.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.