The break room is the place for your staff to grab a snack to refuel their minds, to get a chance of scenery or to catch up with a coworker over a cup of coffee. It’s the place to go to get away from their desk and workload for a short time. In the US, smoking has declined so much that the break room is becoming a huge need with less people going outdoors to enjoy a cigarette.
Along with the health risks of smoking making people turn away from the bad habit, health is becoming extremely important to people where most people understand a mental, emotional and physical break from work is going to make them more productive throughout the day.
One thing that employers are realizing is that they can use the office break rooms to encourage productivity with their staff even though team members are using that room as a getaway from the work. By offering power food, comfortable furniture, the right color scheme and fun team events, your staff will find themselves to be more productive than ever.
Why breaks are so important
Employees aren’t encouraged to take breaks these days. Since they don’t need to go outside to smoke anymore, people are finding themselves working through breaks to get the work done and to stay productive. In reality, breaks are what causes you stay more productive during the day.
You need the mental break, the emotional break and the mental break. If you can find small tricks to encourage your staff to take a break, you may find that the regular breaks make their work more productive, their brains clearer for creative ideas and their attitude more positive.
How do I make my break room excellent?
Get your staff to take more breaks in order to sharpen their concentration, improve their health and ultimately boost their productivity. Your staff may be addicted to sugary treats at their desk, working late hours in order to get everything done by the weekend and avoiding social activities in order to work longer hours. In reality, your staff needs to understand that power foods, social interaction and mental breaks are what makes the work get done and staff members feeling healthy and happy.
The first key to a great break room is to provide power foods. Caffeine is a popular choice because it offers a boost in energy for your staff members. Offer snacks that are considered recharging power foods like nuts, seeds and berries. Avocados, green tea, dark chocolate and yogurt are also perfect choices.
They work in the morning or the afternoon, offer a boost in energy, cure an empty stomach and are good for almost anybody. Coffee makes your staff feel more energized and even friendlier as they will be more likely to interact over a cup of coffee. Tolerance increases, support of one another and friendliness will increase with coffee.
What else can I do?
About 1/4th of employees don’t take breaks outside of lunch even though almost all employers encourage it. Over half of workers understand that breaks improve workplace and almost half of workers say that breaks would improve their health. This means the employer has to find ways to tempt employees to take breaks with offering delicious hot beverages, power snacks, comfortable furniture and a comfortable environment.
Believe it or not, a post-lunch nap can improve alertness on a sleep-deprived employee and even a 6-minute nap can aid in memory processing. It’s important for your staff to have breaks for a diversion from a task because short breaks improve alertness, concentration and work speed. Offer water, light snacks, hot beverages, an area to stand/stretch, and maybe even a couch to take a brief nap.
Be sure to add pleasant lighting, neutral-colored and comfortable furniture, stress-reducing paint colors and make it a technology-free zone. Avoid energy drinks, processed foods and sweets in the break room. Be sure to plan team events or group lunches on occasion to boost morale.
Providing adequate breaks is to your benefit. Avoid stressed out, sore, accident-prone staff members by encouraging break time. Breaks are there to improve health, happiness and productivity in the workplace.