Many people spend more hours a day at their place of employment than in their own homes; so it makes sense for employers to provide a place for its workers to chill, engage with one another, and refresh with an enjoyable beverage and snack. The perfect break room will vary from business to business and from employee to employee. The best way to make sure you’re providing a room that meets the needs of your workers is to ask them what they desire in a break room. Here are some guidelines to features that aim to please.
All About the Coffee:
Now more than ever, as America has embraced a strong coffee culture, employee break rooms must feature a good cup of java. And it needs to be on the house! It’s a small price to pay for the reward of an immediate boost in employee productivity and satisfaction. Caffeine increases attention span, improves focus and boosts mental energy! BostonbeaN has a wide and diverse array of coffee and tea drinks that will be the perfect match for your employees’ bean cravings.
Something for Everyone:
If you have a fit staff that prides itself on healthy lifestyle choices, sports drinks and specialty waters may take center stage, along with fresh and nutritious snack choices like nuts, yogurt and fresh fruits. Or perhaps your staff is a bit more old school and interested in a straight up Cup of Joe and a sugary treat to get through the 3 o’clock fade. Maybe you have a bunch of millennials on staff who want barista style and quality coffee drinks and gourmet chocolates. Knowing your staff will definitely help determine how to stock the break room shelves and counters.
No Work Zone:
Keep in mind that an employee break room is just that – a space for workers to relax for a few minutes and enjoy some refreshment. It is not a place where you need a conference table and working lunches!
The company break room is a place where your employees can have some down time to reboot, which actually will keep them more focused and engaged when they return to their tasks. A simple table that will accommodate several people socializing is a must. Others will prefer some alone time during their down time-think comfy chair with small side table for drink and snack where they can browse through a magazine. Still others will want to sit around a small café table with a few chairs where they can talk in small groups.
Arrange some seating in front of windows so they can connect with nature and hang some attractive artwork on the walls.
Encourage your staff to get out of the building for some fresh air during lunch time when the weather is nice. But a break room is crucial for rainy days and shorter break times to keep your staff motivated when they need a mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick me up.
All Work and No Play:
Google is famous for providing world class break rooms that feature games and activities like foosball, billiards, video games and ping pong. It works for them and their culture. The key is finding out what works for yours! A little physical activity helps give the brain a break and can restore focus.
Others workers may want more laid back distractions like TV, books and magazines. The key is to provide the opportunity to have a much-needed break from work tasks.
BostonbeaN Coffee Company in Woburn, Massachusetts sources the best products to stock your company break room with quality coffee, tea drinks and snack products. Keep your employees happy, alert and motivated by providing great coffee, tea, soft drinks and the perfect snack foods. We listen to your unique breakroom needs. Give us a call today at 1-800-Hit-Brew (800-448-2739) to learn more about our many product and machine options.