In the past, game rooms have always been associated with tech companies and startups but the trend is now growing in popularity among other businesses. These areas create a place to have fun with your team, grow a sense of community and help employees recharge during breaks. If your company is planning to put a game room into your office, think about how your team will use the space and how it will fit in with the rest of the office’s design.
Since game room are intended to build relationships between employees, creating an area with lounge seating will help to include team members not playing games. Comfortable couches, coffee tables and moveable ottomans will help to form a fun place to socialize. In addition, mix in tables with bench seating for board games and other team activities. Games to consider include ping pong, foosball, pool and shuffleboard.
In addition to the pieces you plan to include in the rooms, the acoustics are another thing to look into. Between talking, cheering and digital sound effects, a game room can get quite noisy. Consider the surrounding rooms to ensure that work and meetings are not disrupted by the sound. Adding acoustic wall panels, plush seating and rugs will help absorb the noise.
Game rooms are a great way to help your team bond but you may want to set guidelines for usage. While your main concern may be that you don’t want employees playing ping pong all day, formalizing appropriate times will also encourage employees to get together during breaks or team meetings.
Although game rooms may seem like a trend, these spaces are a great way to build team camaraderie, re-energize employees and can help to recruit top talent. For help designing an area for your employees to hang out together, contact the furniture specialists at Keeney’s today!
*Pictured: OFS Shuffleboard