I’m not the best chess player. And by not the best, I mean if I was to play a match with one of the second-graders at our chess camp, the smart money would be on the second-grader. Don’t get me wrong; I love games involving strategy and competition, but I’ve only ever had a passing acquaintance with the game of chess. I learned how to play as a kid, but after learning the basics I didn’t stick with it any further. Which is why I’m thrilled to say that, as of today, I’ll be working with so many brilliant chess players at Premier Chess.
It was more or less a fluke how this came to be: Rosemary Depersia, owner of The Copy Specialist asked me to sub for her last week at her BNI chapter and there I met Evan Rabin. He was in need of a new person in operations at his company and we got to talking. At Premier Chess, I’ll be writing blogs posts, handling social media engagement, working on business development, and whatever other tasks need doing. As I learned more about the company, I realized that Premier stands out from other chess-tutoring companies. While other companies generally tutor only children, Premier Chess also teaches corporate classes, because they recognize that education and learning experiences don’t end when your time at school ends. By playing chess, students strengthen skills such as critical thought, memory, and problem-solving- skills that are no less important in a corporate environment.
But those skills are not all that chess offers. I read an article a while back in Engadget about a company that ran weekly Dungeons & Dragons campaigns for its employees. Many workers had jobs that involved sitting at a computer for 8 hours a day, with little interaction with their colleague. The chance to spend an hour or two every week socializing with coworkers and working towards a common goal within the game contributed towards teambuilding, workplace communication, and overall job satisfaction. A company chess class offers the same opportunities, a way for employees to engage with each other in a non-work context while still honing skills vital to the workplace.
Anyway, this was a roundabout way of saying that I’m very excited to join the Premier Chess team and I look forward to what’s to come. I’ve also included the link to the Engadget article here.
Thanks for reading, Phillip Safran – Operations Assistant