Are your employees falling asleep in your meetings? Are your customers wishing for more exciting gifts and giveaways? That’s what most employee-engagement managers may think of with these popular little toys, but they can do so much more when implemented correctly. Before stocking up, learn more about the power of promotional fidget spinners and how you can use them to help your business thrive.
A fidget is a small object or device that makes sounds, has moving parts, or offers other sensory-engaging effects that can aid with ADHD or anxiety. While a fidget can really be just about anything that engages the senses in a discrete way, here are some of the most common types of fidgets on the market today:
It all started in the Middle East – no really, that’s how fidget spinners got started. According to the Independent, American citizen Catherine Hettinger first filed for a patent on her spinner toys in 1993, hoping they could be used by Palestinian children to give them an outlet for their energy and discourage them from throwing rocks at the police – a common problem according to her friend who had recently visited Palestine. Sadly, she wasn’t able to strike a deal with the big toy companies and she let her patent expire in 2005.
The modern fidget spinners as an aid for ADHD and anxiety popped into popularity in 2016, though with no connection to Hettinger’s patents and no money going her way. According to The Chicago Tribune, the connection between modern spinners and Catherine’s invention are far from concrete and it is unlikely her patent would have covered the modern versions used today anyway, but that doesn’t stop most publications, including Wikipedia, from crediting her as the creator. Hettinger herself is not upset about the controversy, just happy that spinners are on the market and helping people.
There is one clear connection between Hettinger’s spinners and our modern fidgets, and that’s how they’re used. Both spinners were and are made with the purpose of allowing people to release pent-up stress and relax – something anyone can benefit from.
Sadly, the science behind the mental benefits of fidget spinners isn’t out yet due to lack of studies on the subject, but there have been studies on other “fidgets” and stress relief aids such as stress balls. Health.com cites one in their article about fidget spinners saying that stress balls, for example, were found to lower anxiety by 18% and pain by 22% (that’s a lot medically speaking.) It has also been long noted that those who have ADHD or Autism, whether they are children or adults, need to fidget. This can be observed as bouncing their leg, tapping or chewing on pens, and even doodling.
Those without some way to fidget or cope with excess energy or anxiety will not be able to focus, whether in a classroom or in a workplace meeting. This is where fidgets come in. They offer a quiet, discrete way for people to release that energy or find a center for their focus, allowing them to be present and participate in what’s going on around them.
Here are some of the benefits observed by those who use fidget spinners for their ADHD or anxiety:
While these benefits are more obvious in children who are otherwise loud and disruptive in classrooms, adults who suffer more quietly also can benefit from having a discrete, socially accepted way to fidget in public.
Whether you have a high-stress work environment or want to make your workplace more inclusive to those with anxiety disorders and ADHD (check out our other blog post for more tips on accommodating autism in the workplace) here are some ways you can beneficially share branded fidget spinners with your employees:
Employees aren’t the only ones that can benefit from your branded fidget spinners. Customers love quality gifts from their favorite brands and businesses, as well. Here are some great places you can share your own fidgets with customers to increase brand awareness, brand loyalty, and brand visibility.
Don’t let customer attention wander too far from your brand. Consider the benefits that promotional fidget spinners can offer your brand, whether at the office or out with your customer base. Whether you want a friendlier workplace for those with ADHD or anxiety, or just want to help all of your employees and customers enjoy a new way to unwind, fidget spinners make an excellent gift everyone can enjoy.
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