Taking breaks in the workplace helps increase the productivity of employees! This is often an overlooked feature in the Space Planning & Design phase for your offices in Irvine, Costa Mesa, Los Angeles or San Diego. Break rooms are so named because they're intended to encourage a mental and physical break from the daily races of the office, and there are many other ways you can make your break room an effective establishment in your workplace.
Features of successful breakrooms:
- Free Coffee
- Lunch Tables
- Comfortable Seating
- Stand out room (a colorful change of the environment)
Mayo Clinic researcher Dr James Levine also found that sitting in the same position for long periods of time brings on obesity and fatigue, which are a precursor to lack of creativity and compromised concentration. And thus, it's important for workers to have a place to escape to – to decompress.
They Create Breathing Space
Break rooms can provide excellent breathing space when employees need to temporarily decompress without leaving the premises. This is especially important for offices in tall buildings where getting to the bottom floor and stepping outside can take up most of a break. In a large city, this may be all your employees have to get away for a moment.
For this reason a break room needs to be open, uncluttered and preferably a room with a view. It can have a couch, kitchenette, carpeting, and should be kept clear of computers and other gadgets.
They Aid Brainstorming
Sometimes when serious brainstorming is in order, an alternative setting - being outside or in a coffee shop - is necessary to get the creative juices flowing. But when this option is not available, a good break room is integral.
While brainstorming could be done in a conference room or open office space, this can often still be too formal for creative minds to fully open up. Furthermore, having a break room that functions in this way allows your employees to stay local; the closer they are to their work, the less time and effort is needed to jump back into it.
The Cognition Journal released a study in 2010 explaining that when doing repetitive tasks many small breaks throughout the day can help keep quality fluid. Breaks allow the mind to reset after focusing relentlessly on one task.
They Show Appreciation
A great breakroom is a perk -- from games to couches, it's a smart way to show them your appreciation. Yes, the staff is there to work and they are getting paid but studies have found that when people enjoy their work environment it makes them more productive.
Businesses, both big and small, should consider the ramifications of not having a break room and how having one is beneficial to everyone. While you may not be able to build a Google style office or breakroom, you can create a simple getaway that is just as effective.
A well designed office layout, will provide for a Breakroom, taking all these factors into account. Other ergonomic & modular office furniture items and arrangements such as height adjustable workstations & office desks, conference & meeting tables, reception desks, ergonomic task chairs, collaborative nesting training tables, efficient filing systems, movable printer stands and sit-stand computer stations; can be used to enhance the office landscape into a healthier environment of efficiency and peace.
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