Recharge Rooms – The Next Must Have in Your Workplace
Believe it or not, working in an office can be exhausting. Sitting at the same desk, staring at the same view, surrounded by the same people. No matter how much you love your job or your co-workers, everyone has the occasional down day – even the most outgoing, extraverted people.
Pretty much every workplace has some type of break out room, whether it be a games room filled with pool tables and computer games, or a small kitchen with a microwave and sink. These rooms allow for vital time away from your desk, even if it is just to stretch your legs for a couple of minutes while you make your beloved coffee.
Although these break-out rooms are great for a social break, sometimes employees need somewhere quiet to escape the hustle and bustle of the office, somewhere they can collect their thoughts and get twenty minutes of much needed rest (anything more and you risk sleep inertia!).
29% of people report feeling sleepy at work, some to the extent of actually falling asleep, so some companies have taken it upon themselves to provide recharge rooms.
Recharge rooms are a space within a workplace specifically designed to allow people to have a rest – even a nap – during the workday.
From nap pods, to hammocks to saunas and swimming pools, companies such as Ben & Jerry’s, Google and Uber have been at the forefront in allowing employees to nap on the job.
Implementing recharge rooms into any old office isn’t an easy task, not every business has the budget to invest in sleeping pods and day beds, never mind the space.
One easy way to create a recharge space is to put comfy seating, something as simple as beanbags will do, in a dimly lit area. Alternatively, if you’re still not convinced by napping at work, why not hold weekly/daily yoga sessions, to allow your employees to unwind before work, or during their lunch break.
If your budget can stretch a little bit further, why not offer a gym membership to employees, not only is this an incentive to keep healthy whilst working a desk job, but also exercise is a great way to unwind after a stressful day.
Still need convincing? Just think about countries where siestas are still a tradition, there is definitely some scientific reasoning behind this, so why not look at how you could go about incorporating a recharge room into your workplace.