Over the past few years, break rooms have seen an increase in popularity, with businesses placing more emphasis on work-life balance and company culture. In fact, workplace design can directly affect your employees’ health. As we get closer to returning to our office spaces, it may be a good idea to think about some ways you can enhance productivity, while also creating a space for team members to unwind and bond.
It’s time to say goodbye to drab, uninspiring bare rooms and step up your break room space. Here are four ideas to create a more elevated and inspiring place for your employees to take a much-needed break.
Design Around Convenience and Community
When you first start thinking about your dream break room space, it’s important to consider how employees will utilize it. Many go to a break room to enjoy a cup of coffee, lunch, or a snack, so it will be important to incorporate tables and chairs. In addition, a break room can be used as an extra space for those who want to work while enjoying their food. Adding in a few workstations for these types of employees may be beneficial.
Depending on the culture of your company, you may want this space to be a place for employees to unwind and bond as a team. Adding in a few cozy, couches, natural light, and coffee tables with current newspapers and magazines can help you achieve this goal.
Bring in Pops of Color
Nothing elevates a room like a little pop of color. To keep the space looking clean, be sure to balance your wall color with your furniture. If your furniture is brightly colored, then your walls should be neutral, and vice versa. If you are looking to motivate employees, add touches of orange or include bright yellow to evoke friendliness and cheer. If you want to offer a sense of relaxation, play with blues and greens.
Add a Few Fun Touches
A break room should feel separate and different from the rest of your office space so that your employees can disconnect and feel refreshed when returning to their desks.
Incorporating fun touches such as bookshelves filled with reading materials, a space for multiplayer games, or even a foosball table can provide a much-needed distraction from a stressful workday. In addition, you can find tasteful ways to incorporate your company logo, slogan, or inspirational quotes to inspire employees and connect back to your brand.
Don’t Forget About the Food!
Last, but certainly not least, it’s important to consider food and beverages. Think about how this will play a role in your space. Do you have room for an entire kitchen area? Or are you going to stick to an espresso machine and a sink to rinse out coffee mugs? The route you decide to take will play a part in the overall look and design of your break room.
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