Offices come in all shapes and sizes, just like the employees within them. What’s even more diverse about office spaces is the practices they encourage. Companies look after their workers different ways: some provide counselling, some provide table tennis tables and others build private jiu-jitsu gyms…
LinkedIn have jumped the shark of team-building activities by clearing out a room with the specific purpose of employees taking part in jiu-jitsu matches. I suppose there’s no better de-stressing method than throttling Jared from IT into submission for not replying to your emails the previous morning.
As Business Insider reports, the company’s purposefully built gym comes outfitted with blue company-themed mats on the floor for LinkedIn employees to tackle the living heck out of each other in the name of work-place competition.
The office offers classes in Thai Boxing bi-weekly and Brazilian jiu-jitsu once a week. However, if the image you have in your head is that of LinkedIn co-workers knocking the snot out of each other with elaborate roundhouse kicks, I’m sorry to disappoint you. These martial arts do not practice common striking moves, especially in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, there is a bigger emphasis on throws and grapples.
While there hasn’t been any formal press release explaining this practice, the idea of combat sports within the office is actually quite brilliant if you remove aggression from the equation.
Many people are starting to turn on mindfulness as the primary source of after-work detox and looking to more active and tactile methods of keeping their motivation levels peaking. Martial arts teach discipline and patience as well as how to shut an assailant down.
So no, LinkedIn aren’t encouraging their employees to fight for the senoir staff’s amusement. It’s a healthy and cathartic way of making sure your workers are taking their problems out on each other in a controlled environment. Anything is better than passive-aggressive chatter and the inevitable stapler being thrown.