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The Benefits of Having a Recreational Area at Work

The modern workplace, no matter how much you try to make it fun and relaxed, can quickly become a stressful environment — decreasing productivity as well as long-term employee motivation and satisfaction. Employers do not want to find themselves in this situation, as they can lose valuable resources and some of their best employees in an attempt to remedy the situation.

A modern, hectic work environment requires a contemporary solution to maintain employee productivity and elevate the enthusiasm in the entire office, which will, in turn, promote and ensure long-term business growth and success.

Here are a few reasons why you should look for a company that has a recreational area for their staff.

Allows people to de-stress

Stress is the silent killer of motivation and productivity in the workplace and more likely than not, you or someone you know has experienced emotional stress on the job at one point or another. If you allow stress to reign supreme in the office, soon you will experience a drop in morale and not before long, people will start to leave in pursuit of more rewarding opportunities. This is why it’s important to have access to a special area where you can vent, recuperate and wash away your troubles so that you can return to work with a positive mindset.

Boosts confidence

Everyone knows that physical activity is good for your self-esteem. Whether you are pumping iron in the gym, going for a swim in the morning or hitting the heavy bag during your lunch break, there is no denying the effects of that intoxicating feeling of victory and enthusiasm that follows any workout.

With confidence comes success, meaning you and your coworkers will feel empowered to take action and contribute to the task at hand with 100% dedication and enthusiasm. By working for a company that has a recreational space, particularly one that offers you a chance to exercise, play games and decompress, will help boost your confidence and, in turn, create a happy, productive work environment.

Building interpersonal relationships

Teamwork is essential in creating a thriving workplace that uses its collective brainpower to achieve bigger goals and persevere in the competitive market. The age-old adage “no man is an island” holds true to this day, especially in a highly competitive business world.

There is no better way to encourage a team to come together and create a trusting bond than to let them play some ping pong, indulge in a round of cars or simply play skip rope for 15 minutes.

If you’ve got an open-concept office, you’ll want to divide the recreational area from the rest of the office. You can do that by using long-lasting line marking paint to clearly mark the area and promote safety and fair play. Marking the borders of your recreational area is especially useful for protecting your office equipment, so it’s best not to take any chances.

Bringing different health benefits

Fitness is fun as much as it is healthy and a good organization will make sure its staff gets up once and awhile from their chairs to get moving. It’s a perfect way to promote long-term health and wellbeing by allowing them to loosen up stiff muscles, tendons and ligaments and correct posture as well. Excessive sitting has a number of negative effects on the body, forward neck lean and spinal issues being the most dangerous of them all. A quick workout or even a nice stretch and jump around every hour will have tremendous benefits for their overall health.

Companies that implement these practices know the importance of taking those breaks and getting the body moving and because of it, will see an increase in productivity and positivity at the workplace. If your current job doesn’t promote these activities, perhaps you can suggest a daily stretch and ask the company to purchase some mats to use in the office recreational area.

Creating a positive company culture

There are two types of branding ‒ external and internal. A positive company culture spreads like wildfire through mass media channels and not only is it beneficial for your external brand recognition, but it is also imperative for maintaining a happy, vibrant and codependent workforce.

Companies with recreational areas and other employee-focused benefits will become the talk of the town – making it easier for your to seek out these awesome employers and score a position in a positive, innovative work environment.

Staying at the top of your game in the chaotic, modern business environment is not always an easy task. Fortunately, a recreational area can alleviate the pressure and allow creativity and productivity to flow seamlessly through the office, paving the road to long-term success and prosperity.

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About the Author Lillian Connors

As a senior business consultant and the co-editor of BizzMarkBlog, Lillian Connors believes that the question of business goes far beyond the maximization of profit through different money-grabbing ploys. Instead, she likes to think that ethical principles should be at the core of every commercial venture, paving the way for much more balanced distribution of wealth on a global scale. You can check her out on LinkedIn.

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