Ideas to Design an Employee Breakout Room or a Play Zone
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A breakout room is a place where employees can get rid of all the work stress and bring freshness to their work by fostering creativity and innovation. Looking at the current work pattern of employees, it can be very well observed that work hours are more demanding than ever before. Most of the employees work eight to nine hours a day in firms every single day, without realizing that it creates a drain on energy levels. Firms have begun to appeal to their employees’ mental and physical fatigue by adding breakout rooms or play zones as part of their work culture. After all, indulging in other activities have proven to boost creativity and productivity on more levels than one. Here’s how you can add a creative space within your own at your workplace.
- Colours and Prints:
Breakout rooms, as the name suggests, are to give yourselves a break. What better way to give your mind a diversion than well-designed interiors. To give it a feel of being a breakout room, why not take cues from the headquarter of Disqus, the blog comment hosting service provider, who changed their interiors to that of red bricks that gives the room a charming appeal. Another way could be adding doodles on the walls or sticking pictures of fun activities done together as a team.
Giving your teammates or employees their own space to hone their artistic skills can work to your advantage too! Keep spare canvases one a wooden stand for those who love to paint and add it to your painting collection in the room.
- Creative Furnishings:
Keeping fun wooden picnic tables rather than sofas and chairs or, perhaps, some bean bags and mattresses are sure ways to make it look like a camping area, albeit indoors. Add a scribbling board within the room where employees can write fun messages or draw or scribble casual things to unwind. You never know, some of them could even be ideas for future projects. You can also place grass mats below like Skype’s California office to give it nature’s touch. Ensure to keep soft lights that aren’t too glaring to make a soothing environment to be in.
- Games and Puzzles:
Games are a vital requirement of a breakout room or play zone. A foosball table, a basketball hoop, some dart boards lined up on the walls, and a snooker table are perfect gaming equipment to be had in your play zone. And while they may be outdated compared to video games, board games and cards can never lose their appeal no matter what age you are. Employees can unwind with a game of UNO or scrabble on a fun Friday, or scramble to be the first on the gaming console.
- Gymnasium or workout area:
Working out can also be a part of recreation during work hours. Apart from relieving the mid of stress, physical strain can also be broken with a little bit of light workout. Place yoga mats, exercising balls, dumbbells, treadmills, and other equipment that take up less space while being more useful. Instead of making it a part of your breakout area, use some of the space spared for the breakout area exclusively for physical exertion.
All of these ideas can blend in together to make your breakout room or play zone to give every employee a chance to unwind in their own way. You can take suggestions from your employees on this one to get more ideas of how best to use the space to your advantage.
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