Let’s face it, most people do not enjoy their time at work. It is during their break time that employees can unwind and relax from their busy day. Break rooms that are an extension of the rest of the office in appearance and feel can make employees feel as if they are not getting the time they need to be ‘away’ from work. Here are 4 ways you can improve the break room and give your employees the break they deserve.
Add Some Comfort
Get rid of the hard chairs and sterile-looking tables. Office workers spend many hours of their day sitting in chairs at a desk. The last thing they are going to want to do during their break is to sit in another uncomfortable chair. Try putting in comfortable chairs with cushions, loungers, and a couch. Making the room look and feel more like a home instead of work will provide employees with a higher sense of relaxation.
Putting in a kitchen can actually help your employees eat a more healthy and balanced diet. They are more apt to bring healthy food from home for their lunches if they have the proper space for storing and heating their food. Since it is an office break room that will be shared by many, you’ll want to install proper ceiling tiles, flooring, and countertops that can withstand heavy use and traffic.
Appliances With Style
There are so many kitchen gadgets on the market these days. It’s easy to include some fun appliances in the office break room. With so many different employees, it can be hard to please everyone. Putting in a multi-purpose coffee maker will please the tea drinker, cappuccino lover, and coffee addict. Adding a soda fountain will please anyone looking for a cold, fizzy beverage.
Think of break-time as a sort of mini-vacation, a short time in the middle of the day when people can unwind from the hustle and bustle of work. What better way to release some of that pent up energy than to play a game as a team? Consider putting in a gaming system for employees to enjoy. They can relieve their tension in an enjoyable manner and return to work stress-free. If that isn’t in the budget, then a wide collection of board games can still provide an excellent resource for employees to team build and relieve stress.
Allowing your employees the time and space to truly relax and unwind from their workday in an environment that allows them to forget about work, at least for the moment, will leave them feeling refreshed and revitalize their productivity. It is really as simple as adding some extra comfort, an efficient cooking space, and a little fun.