Workplace Relaxation Rooms

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WORKPLACE RELAXATION ROOMS

Business Research Methods
2227-503-01

Table of Contents

Introduction3

Maximizing Relaxation in the Workplace ………………………………………... 4

Making the Workplace Less Stressful………………………………………….......6

Should the Job Provide Paid Time Off?....................................................................7

Will Relaxation Room Positively or Negatively Affect Work Habits……………...7

Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………..8

Introduction

Resting is an everyday necessity in our life. Many of us live and work in the hustle and bustle of major cities - and if we don’t reside there we commute there on a regular basis. Americans have the most hectic schedules in the world, yet so often we ignore our bodies and our need to rest. Being working professionals and attending school simultaneously, a need for relaxation and recuperation instantly came to mind to conduct this study.

Group Epsilon, recently conducted a survey of 18 respondents of various age groups, professions, and ethnic backgrounds. The goal was to find whether relaxation in the workplace would be a well vested venture for companies. The questionnaire explained what a relaxation room is and why it is important. Surveyors were asked questions about dealing with relaxation at work. Questions included: How can relaxation be maximized in the workplace, and why? Would one be for or against relaxation rooms and why? What would one like to see incorporated in a relaxation room, and why? Should one’s job provide paid time-off to utilize relaxation rooms, explain? and does one believe that having relaxation rooms will positively affect work habits, explain? Do you feel that your job is stressful, why or why not? Do you feel that work-related stress is harmful to your health, explain? What activities, if any, do you engage in to try to reduce your stress level, explain? Even though there were a variety of responses, almost felt that a relaxation room would be worthwhile in the workplace.

A relaxation room is a room that many companies are beginning to incorporate into the workplace. It is unlike the usual break room with the ancient microwave, a coffeemaker, a few chairs and a table. A relaxation room is a place meant to provide a more comfortable environment in the workplace, incorporating things that unwind individuals’ state of mind, temporarily taking them away from the stresses of the office. Group Epsilon refers to this room as a relaxation room, but many companies refer to these rooms as a leisure room, a quiet room, or even a napping room. The purpose of these rooms is to create a comfortable environment in the workplace; a place that temporarily allows one to forget they are at work. These rooms give employees a refresher during the workday so that after a break they return to work refreshed and ready to be more productive. (

Maximizing Relaxation in the Workplace

To open the survey, respondents were asked how they felt relaxation could be maximized in the workplace in general. Of course opinions of course varied. Some felt having positive relationships with supervisors and co-workers helped to promote stress-free environments. Some felt that having personal time away from the office was a key to maximizing relaxation. Some of the respondents felt that allowing workers to participate in relaxation programs reduced work stress. One of the respondents felt relaxation could be maximized by taking fifteen minutes out of the day to meditate after an extremely stressful staff meeting.

“Recognizing when staff is overworked and encouraging them to take time off at least once a month.”

“I believe that relaxation can be maximized in the workplace when there is down time and you can get away from the work station and you can use that time as a way to refocus and reenergize your mind, body, and soul.”

“Stretching, walking, simply moving, in any other position than your...
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