Video games can help make you more motivated, improve your memory, increase your efficiency, and enhance your feelings of empathy, according to research published by TechnologyAdvice.com. All this can make you more productive in the workplace.

These reasons and more are why company directors should seriously consider implementing a space for employees to kick their feet up and play some video games during breaktime.

While this may seem like an outlandish idea at first, it really isn’t. In recent years, areas designed specifically for employees to enjoy pub and arcade favourites like table tennis, foosball and pool have become more common, especially in workplaces known for being progressive like Google and Amazon. Getting digital is simply the next step, especially with more and more millennials entering the workforce.

But what games should company directors implement? Well, definitely not any first-person shooters, that’s for sure. While there’s no evidence to support the theory that video games make players more aggressive, these types of games still have a bad image and will inevitability bring about poor PR. Instead, company directors should consider these three alternatives instead.

Rocket League

Rocket League has a simple premise: it’s soccer but with cars, which is exactly the kind of violence-free concept that makes it perfect for a workplace. Matches take just a few seconds to set up, and they run for only five minutes, making it ideal entertainment for break time. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to get the hang of.

Those looking to win more often will have to use teamwork and solid communication at every turn, something that could lead to stronger working relationships, while its exciting gameplay will leave everybody happy and in a good mood when it’s time to put the controllers down and get back to work.

Company directors won’t have to worry about replacing it anytime soon either as Rocket League’s popularity, even after its release all the way back in 2015, still shows no signs of slowing down.

Brawlhalla

Brawlhalla is a fighting game very similar to Super Smash Bros, except it’s completely free. In Brawlhalla, players must memorise attacking combinations if they wish to inflict the most damage possible. They must also memorise their opponent’s attacking patterns so they can avoid being hit themselves.

This focus on pattern-recognition and memory will translate well to the workplace, as players will leave the break room with not just a better ability to retain images and words, which’ll help with a variety of things including remembering other worker’s names and recalling important information in meetings, but a better ability to be creative too, which is often fostered through recognising patterns in what we observe on a daily basis.

Like Rocket League, Brawlhalla has also stayed incredibly popular thanks to a dedicated fanbase and regular updates.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is based on the fictional card game created by author Andrzej Sapkowski. Like most card games, Gwent is all about strategy and weighing potential outcomes. Because numbers are heavily involved, it’s also a really good way for workers to keep their mathematical skills sharp.

Furthermore, relying on guesswork is simply not an option, so thinking carefully is a must, which will challenge player’s minds in a way that improves not only their mental but emotional wellbeing as well. Plus, it teaches some very important lessons on how to walk away after a loss and keep your composure while doing so, which in turn encourages players to avoid making the same mistakes in the future.

In the workplace, this will benefit company directors greatly, as workers who play Gwent and make a short-term loss will be completely determined to fix what they’ve done and turn it into a long-term win.