While items such as casual dress, bring-your-dog-to-work day, and free food are some of the most common suggestions, the idea of “adult recess” is taking hold.
Adult recess, or playtime for employees, aligns with the idea that many professionals are overworked, stressed, tired, and, therefore, unproductive. By allowing brief periods of brainless activity – or at least promoting the idea outside of work – employers can theoretically help employees focus by refreshing their brains.
Many activist groups and career theorists are backing the seemingly strange notion that “play” promotes ingenuity and productivity. Activities in which employees can relax and refocus their energies, including playing games on a mobile phone, using coloring books, having a mini dance party, singing in the shower, and hosting game nights, can actually spur creativity when the employee gets back to work, according to Fast Company.
Brief periods of low-stress activity may help in refocusing “creative juices.” Whether taking a break at work or trying to calm a frazzled brain post-work, the following brain-calmers can serve as an 'Adult Recess' to recharge employees:
While Adult recess may sound silly, various advocates have suggested positive outcomes in allowing the brain to recharge.