Are you playing enough at work?

By Jena Griffiths | December 7, 2011

“The opposite of play isn’t work, it’s depression.”

google headquarters zurich

I was at Google head office in Zurich yesterday to meet the Startup Bus team. A group of creative young entrepreneurs touring Europe at the moment. Well done to Zurich based event organiser David Butler.

While there I had a chance to peek behind scenes at the Google office space.

I really take my hat off to Google for understanding basic needs of their employees to play more, take cat naps and care for body, mind and spirit. What a cool place. They really set a standard that other companies would do well to follow.

google fun inspiring and caring for employees
There’s a wonderful ambiance: lots of play areas, snack bars, meeting nooks and crannies, a finess and massage center and there’s even darkened room lit up only with fish tanks where you can sleep or meditate when you need time out.
google cat nap room for employees
I love the firemen chutes from one floor to the next. Why take the lift when you can have an adrenaline rush?
google creative office ideaGoogle alternative to lift or stairs

google head office coffee area

It’s all a game anyway – most of us tend to forget this. Why not lighten up. Enjoy the ride.

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