Date Published: 25-07-2016

When I visited the LinkedIn headquarters in London back in May, I was genuinely surprised to see that they have a communal pool table in their reception/breakfast area, something I’d never seen in an office before. Of course, I was surprised in a good way, thinking how cool it is but I also wondered whether it hinders productivity in any way.

I decided to do a little research into the subject of fun and games in the office and it seems to have started with Google in the 1990s when they installed a ball pit in one of their offices for employees to jump in with their laptops and relax whilst doing work, and also found some other examples:

  • Slides that transport you down to the level below
  • Ping pong tables
  • Ice cream stations
  • Work hammocks
  • A climbing wall
  • Treadmill desks

Whilst it’s great to have fun features in the office, it makes me wonder whether it does hinder productivity in any way considering even conversation can be a distraction.

Although the other way of looking at it is that members of staff could potentially be more productive if their bosses have a more flexible approach to working; the idea is that if you are allowed to take ten minutes out of your day to play a game of table tennis with a colleague, you could sit back at your desk more refreshed and ready to get back to work.

What do you think about having alternative office features? Do you work somewhere that has any? Do you think they hinder or increase productivity?

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Nate Southwood

Marketing Executive

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