6 Tips for a Better Breakroom
The company breakroom should be an incredibly important part of the office environment. If you want your team to be productive and satisfied during the work day, they need a place away from their desk or cubicle to take occasional breaks and relax. Here are 6 tips that can help you create the best possible breakroom for your office.
Provide Caffeine, Water and Snacks
No breakroom is complete without a coffee machine such as a Keurig single serve brewer. To go a step beyond, create a breakroom your employees will really love by adding some extra options. A tea kettle, cappuccino machine and a fridge are options. To help employees get that extra energy needed in the afternoon, provide some healthy snacks.
Offer a Space to Converse
You also need to create a space in your breakroom where your employees can sit comfortably and enjoy their lunch, coffee or break time. Good office furniture includes furniture found in the breakroom. Table space and proper seating are vital to foster the right environment. You might include ergonomic chairs and other ergonomic options to create a space that will encourage employees to sit together, talk and inspire collaboration.
Create a Relaxing Atmosphere
In order for your breakroom to be effective, you need employees to actually feel like they’re taking a break from their work. Creating a relaxing space where team members can completely separate themselves from their work is important. Relaxing paint colors and comfortable seating can help. Consider creating separate spaces for employees who really want to be alone, relax or just think for a few minutes without interruption.
Physically Separate the Space from the Office
It’s important that your breakroom be physically separated from the rest of your office. If you have an open floor plan, this can be a challenge. Employees who are taking breaks could potentially be distracting to other workers. Those who are working could make it difficult for those trying to take breaks. Room dividers or other barriers might be the best solution to make the spaces seem more separate.
Personalize the Space
The decorations that you choose for your breakroom can also make a difference. You want it to be somewhat consistent with your office décor. Consider things like paint colors, wall art and furniture. You might even consult with an OSBI specialist to put together a space that will work best for your office environment.
Listen to Your Employees
When designing or updating your breakroom, feedback and opinions from employees can really make the space a better fit and make employees feel they are valued. Try providing a survey or questionnaire to gather feedback from your team.
Remember, your OSBI team is here to assist you with breakroom and other workspace planning.