If eating a sandwich at your desk is the nearest you get to a break in your office, it could be time to make a change. Nobody performs at their best without a change of scene to help recharge their batteries. Here are 5 reasons why an office breakout area could boost both staff wellbeing and your company’s productivity.
1. GET MORE DONE.
Yes, really. If you believe that the end result is more important than the number of hours spent in front of a screen, a breakout room for staff will bring significant benefits to your office output. Encourage employees to enjoy some well-earned downtime and they’ll return refreshed and ready to focus fully on their next task.
Office breakout areas aren’t always just used for lunch and leisure pursuits, either; they can be the perfect space for an informal meeting or to sit and concentrate on a tricky document. And if you provide tea and coffee facilities on the spot, you’ll save time that might’ve been spent on daily trips to Starbucks.
2. Encourage creativity.
Our working environment has a big effect on the way we think and the ideas we generate. In a formal workplace, people are less likely to think outside the box. So if you value new ideas and want to create an environment that nurtures creativity, a breakout room with informal seating areas is a great way to encourage innovation.
3. FOSTER COMMUNITY SPIRIT.
When everybody’s stuck behind their desks from 9 to 5, they’ll tend to mix with the same familiar faces every day. It’s great for teams and departments to feel comfortable with each other, but for a happier workplace and better teamwork, it’s also important to bring people from different departments together. Informal chats over coffee help to foster a sense of community and camaraderie that’ll reap benefits in your company’s team spirit – and a breakout area is a great place to encourage this.
4. BUILD STAFF LOYALTY.
Treat your employees well, and they’ll stay with you for longer. By law, most workers are entitled to a rest break away from their workstation, for at least 20 minutes for every 6 hours that they work. Of course, that’s just the bare minimum; by providing a truly comfortable and relaxing space for staff to unwind, you can really make a difference to their working day. In business, it really is true that you reap what you sow: by investing in the wellbeing of your employees, you’ll be repaid with happy and loyal staff who are prepared to go the extra mile for your company.
5. Reduce stress.
There are times in every workplace when stress levels rise. Perhaps you have a predictable busy period, or things just get hectic whenever a deadline looms. Providing a quiet space to chill out is essential to help staff manage stress and maintain their physical and mental wellbeing. Just think of it as your office therapy room!
Green Modular can create a breakout room for your business. Check out our modular office buildings to see what we could do for you.