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Bring the Ping Pong Table Back to The Office (Hear Us Out)

An office team playing ping pong during a break

The pandemic has changed the way we work, and many companies have shifted to remote work to keep their employees safe. However, many companies slowly return to the office, it’s important to make the workplace an enjoyable and inviting space. One way to do this is to bring back the ping pong table. Yes, you read that right. The ping pong table, once a staple of many office break rooms, has been missing from the workplace for too long. But why should companies consider bringing it back? Let’s dive into some reasons.

🏓And yes, we mean a real ping pong table but also intend it as a metaphor for fun, games, and other team-building activities. 🏓

While there are many benefits to having a “ping pong” table in the office, there are also some who argue against it. In recent years, there has been a movement to get rid of “ping pong tables” (the real and metaphorical ones) in the workplace, with some arguing that culture should be more than just fun and games. There have also been arguments that people would rather just come to work, get the job done, and go home. That may be true for some, but that is unsustainable for long-term culture-building.

It’s important to note that culture is not just about having fun activities or amenities in the workplace. A strong culture is built on a foundation of values, mission, and purpose. A “ping pong” table alone cannot create a positive workplace culture, but it can be a small piece of the puzzle, and it is a start.

However, it’s important for companies to not rely solely on “ping pong tables” or other fun activities to create a positive workplace culture. It’s essential to have clear values and a sense of purpose that aligns with the company’s mission. Companies should prioritize creating a safe and inclusive environment where all employees feel valued and heard.

Yes, you read that right. The ping pong table, once a staple of many office break rooms, has been missing from the workplace for too long. But why should companies consider bringing it back? Let’s dive into some reasons:

4 Reasons To Bring Back the Office “Ping Pong Table”

🏓It encourages physical activity

Sitting in front of a computer for eight hours a day can take a toll on our physical and mental health. Having a ping pong table in the office provides employees with a fun and active break from their sedentary workday. Playing ping pong can help with hand-eye coordination, agility, and reflexes. Plus, it’s a great way to get some exercise without having to leave the office. (Of course, taking that walk outside will always be an excellent choice too!)

🏓It promotes team building and socializing

Playing ping pong with colleagues is a great way to build camaraderie and strengthen relationships. It’s a low-pressure activity (…for most 😉…  You highly competitive teammates, we see you!) that can break down barriers and encourage conversation among coworkers. And when employees feel more connected to each other, they are more likely to collaborate and work together more effectively.

🏓It can boost creativity and productivity

Taking a break from work and playing ping pong can actually boost creativity and productivity. Studies have shown that taking short breaks can help employees recharge and come back to work with more energy and focus. Plus, the competitive nature of ping pong can help employees develop problem-solving skills and improve their ability to think on their feet.

🏓It shows that the company cares about its employees’ well-being

By providing a ping pong table in the office, companies are showing that they value their employees’ well-being and happiness. It sends a message that the company is willing to invest in its employees’ happiness and create a positive workplace culture.

If implemented properly, a “ping pong table” (actual or metaphorical) can actually have a positive effect on employees, teams and companies.

There are plenty of other activities that companies can offer to create a positive and enjoyable workplace culture. Here are some ideas:

1. Game rooms with board games, video games, or other types of games.

2. Outdoor spaces, such as patios or rooftop decks, for employees to relax and socialize.

3. Wellness programs, such as yoga or meditation classes, to promote physical and mental well-being.

4. Volunteer opportunities, such as company-sponsored volunteer days or charitable events.

5. Book clubs or discussion groups focused on professional development or personal interests.

6. Cooking or baking competitions to encourage creativity and teamwork.

7. Team-building activities, such as escape rooms or group outings.

8. In-house fitness classes, such as Zumba or Pilates, to promote physical activity and team building.

9. Potluck lunches or happy hours to encourage socializing and building relationships.

10. Employee recognition programs, such as monthly awards or shoutouts, to show appreciation for hard work and dedication.

These are just a few ideas, and there are many other fun and engaging activities that companies can offer to create a positive workplace culture. It’s important to tailor these activities to the interests and needs of the employees, and to ensure that they align with the company’s values and mission.

In conclusion, bringing back the ping pong table to the office can be a simple yet effective way to create a more enjoyable and inviting workplace. It encourages physical activity, promotes team building and socializing, can boost creativity and productivity, and shows that the company cares about its employees’ well-being. So why not give it a shot?

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