Creating Inspiring Recreational Spaces - A Guide to Boosting Employee Well-Being

18 Aug 2023

Spaces in and around the office can be transformed into recreational spaces where employees can clear their minds and feel inspired, whether it’s on their own or with colleagues. This has multiple benefits, including enhancing employee satisfaction and efficiency. According to a survey by Staples Advantage found that 53% of employees believe that access to a variety of spaces for different types of work would enhance their productivity.


Types of recreation spaces

  • There are many types of recreation spaces you can create at the office, including:
  • A reading nook: Create a quiet and comfortable space where people can read books and magazines.
  • Games zone: Facilitate socialising during breaks with games, from puzzles to foosball.
  • Wellness area: Having a space for meditation and light exercise can encourage movement and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Creativity corner: Having creative materials where employees can write and draw.
  • Green space: You can create a mini zen garden or have a garden space either indoors or outdoors where employees can immerse themselves in nature.
  • A foodie space: Create café spaces with coffee and snacks available to enjoy during break times.
  • Inspiration wall: Having a board with ideas, photos, and notes can inspire and encourage employees with positivity.


The key is to offer a mix of recreational spaces that cater to different preferences and needs. By providing a diverse range of options, you'll be creating an office environment that nurtures well-being, creativity, and a sense of community. All types of recreation spaces can benefit from working environments with natural elements, with reports of 15% higher levels of well-being highlighted in a report by the World Green Building Council.


The Benefits of Recreation Spaces

Let’s look at the top benefits of having recreation spaces at the office.

  • Stress relief: Having a welcoming space to unwind and reset can reduce stress levels which boosts overall mental health and well-being.
  • Enhanced creativity: Stimulating fresh ideas and innovative thoughts in collaborative spaces where inspiration flows.
  • Improved productivity: Taking regular short breaks can renew one’s energy, prevent burnout and improve focus.
  • Company culture: Teamwork and camaraderie thrive when employees have the opportunity to work together in comfortable environments.
  • Physical health: Sedentary work takes a toll on the body, so having spaces that encourage movement with fresh air and sunshine can be a health booster.


Tips for Creating Recreation Spaces

  • Consider the location: Having an easily accessible space that is close to desks ensure that breaks are short and convenient.
  • Design: Design principles should be applied to suit the purpose of the space, be it soothing colour schemes, biophilic elements, or comfy furniture.
  • Furniture choices: Ergonomics is an important to consider beyond the office, so consider offering adjustable and supportive seating options.
  • Decor: Decorate the space with items that are aligned with the purpose of the space, be it intellectually stimulating material or entertainment options.
  • Quiet zones: Recreation spaces needn’t be social. Inf act, having quiet spaces can help employees focus and meditate.
  • Snacks: Snacks are ideal for recreation spaces. If your budget allows, healthy snacks are a great perk to offer employees to keep their energy levels refuelled.
  • Flexibility: Agility is key in any office space, so create spaces that can adapt to your needs to make the most out of your space.
  • Wellness spaces: Having ad hoc seminars or classes in recreation spaces can form part of a wellness programme to enhance mental and physical well-being.
  • Personalisation: Be attuned to your employees needs by conducting surveys or informal discussions to gauge the interests of your employees and tailor the recreational areas to their preferences.
  • Upkeep: These spaces are an investment, so be sure to create lasting, well-maintained areas.


In conclusion, integrating recreational spaces within an office environment is a strategic investment in the well-being and productivity of your employees. By recognising the importance of relaxation, creativity, and social interaction, companies can foster a positive workplace culture that values both work and employee satisfaction. Through thoughtful design and continuous improvement, these spaces can become an integral part of any organisation's success story.

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