Benefits of introducing fun or play zones in work environments!
Having some games or destress zones at workplaces are a great way to boost employee energy and productivity! Such elements are a great way to enhance interpersonal relationships, communication and bonding within a team. But creating a play area that does not dilute the company’s personality and culture is not an easy one.
Designing such spaces cannot happen overnight and need proper thought and planning. Simply adding a pool table, carom board or ping pong table may not have the desired effects.
Design Desk recently undertook a similar project for Raychem RPG, and the results were overwhelming. On the basis of client’s requirement, an empty unused terrace space was converted into a rejuvenation area with compact games being introduced at work.
Here’s what the client had to say:
It is very common for an employee to feel drained after working continuously for hours; hence there must be a play area for them to loosen up & refresh their energy levels.
Here are 10 reasons why offices must have a game room:
Game Room Increases:
The most productive staff is the one who knows how to balance between work and play. Sitting and working continuously only hampers productivity, hence a well-deserved break surely clears the head!
- Job Satisfaction:
When the employees are content with the work that they do, they tend to develop loyalty for their company. The office culture and ambience also has a positive effect. A game room will further encourage the employees to interact beyond work related issues and it will facilitate positive communication and vibes among the office staff.
- Innovation and creativity:
A fun work environment is where both formal and informal activities occur regularly. Such an environment encourages creativity, innovation & collaboration.
When a company shows that they care for their staff’s requirement, the employee morale goes up naturally. Hosting internal events or tournaments around games could be another way to promote healthy competition and motivation!
When an employee is given credit for the hard work they are putting it, the efficiency increases. For someone who is introvert, a gaming area will help them come out of their shell and help them develop relationships with colleagues.
Game Room Decreases:
There is a strong relationship between employee absenteeism and quality of workplace. Everyone loves to go to work if the workplace is interesting and positive!
Employee turnover is lower in a company which provides a better place than their competitors. Office perks can give you an edge and increase loyalty, though this is not the only solution. Organizations can reduce employee turnover by recreating a part of their office space for interactive and play related activities.
When lighter moments and a bit of fun are regular parts of the schedule, there is a decrease in stress levels. Stress is often the cause behind diminishing mental vigor, emotional imbalance, hampered communication skills and ill health. Therefore, there must be an outlet where an employee can calm down or sit for a break and not think about work. Play or recreation zones facilitates that!
- Health Care Costs:
It is rightly said that a healthy mind is a healthy body! The more healthy your staff is, lesser will be their absenteeism and health care costs.
Companies and individuals are often chasing aggressive goals, which sometimes leads to moments of frustration. Refresh zones can be a great way to reduce such frustration and anxiety by channelizing negative energy in a playful way.
A chill out space in the office is a pleasant environment to be in as it boosts productivity and happiness. Workplaces are one of the biggest sources of stress in corporate world. Many times, the team needs few minutes to relax in a quiet place in order to feel refreshed and re-energized to tackle the rest of the day.
A well-designed play area can help the employees return back to work with the same dedication and passion. Hence, utmost care must be taken in designing a play area in an office space as the requirements and the office culture varies from office to office. Only an expert guidance can help you plan and design the ‘play area’ you desire!
Design Desk India specializes in enhancing the visual environment of work spaces, be it an office, factory or retail. Our design makeovers are fast and effective with no structural changes and minimum workflow disturbances and a quick turnaround.