Pause areas assist with assimilation

  • Schools have play-grounds
  • Conference centres have “chill” areas, usually either grassed organically or synthetically (it’s amazing to see how delegates quickly gravitate to these areas during tea or lunch breaks)
  • Cities have parks and other recreational areas
  1. Debriefing emotion and pressure — talking through issues with colleagues often brings a sense of reasonability and understanding to tough circumstances, difficult relationships and feelings of being overwhelmed.
  2. Innovation and new ideas — problem-solving in a group often leads to better solutions and new and creative ways of doing things.
  3. Care — giving and receiving support brings a sense of belonging to a business “family”.
  4. Mental assimilation — gathering one’s thoughts and working through business issues, trying to make sense of it all. This often results in decisions about a possible way ahead.
  5. Developing relationships — Gallup noted that having a “best friend” at work promotes the wellness and engagement of employees.
  1. Apart from health-oriented snack areas, scooters to get to meetings more quickly, slides and ladders between floors, Google has standing desks to assist those with back problems and to encourage collaboration.
  2. Discovery Health Insurance has built an outdoor training track and green area on the roof of their head office building.
  3. Some companies that have limited space, let alone outdoor areas, install synthetic grass and shrubs to simulate pause areas.



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Jonathan Mills

Jonathan Mills


Jonathan has spent over 30 years focusing his efforts on developing people throughout the world. He believes that people have the most impact when stretched.