One of the most important, though often overlooked, components of your office space is the break room. This is a space where employees should be able to relax away from their desks, and take some time to recharge, connect with one another, and refuel with beverages, lunch, or snacks.
But how do you go about creating a space that makes your employees feel valued, and simultaneously increases productivity?
Here are a few things that every break room should have or take into consideration, regardless of the size of your company. Not only will this effect employee retention, but it can also boost productivity in the office.
1. Free Beverages
Coffee, tea, and water should not be optional items in a break room. Having these items cut down on employee’s taking overly long, or frequent, coffee breaks, as well as the awkwardness of trying to split a coffee check among everyone in the office.
And keep in mind that not everyone is a coffee drinker. Having tea bags and hot water is important to make sure everyone has access to what they want, when they want it.
2. Space to Relax
This means there should be tables, chairs, and maybe some other furniture to lounge on around the break room. The area should be inviting and furniture does just that.
Adding a few decorations around the break room can also make it special. You want your break room to stand out from the rest of the office, so make sure that this space says relaxation, not work!
3. Prepared For Celebrations
Your employees will most likely have birthdays, promotions, and other events they will want to celebrate at the office. Providing all the paper ware (cups, utensils, plates, etc.) and space for such celebrations can encourage more frequent celebration opportunities and help your team bond together.
4. Food Preparation Essentials
Things like a refrigerator, microwave, and sink are simply must haves. Having these items encourage your employees to bring their lunches to the office. This encourages not only good eating habits (which can increase productivity), but can also encourage good spending habits, as well.
5. Take Requests
While this may not be entirely possible if you are renting an office space and sharing a break room with other companies, but it never hurts to see what your employees really want in their break room. You may be able to provide simple things like a game, or a specific snack or soda.
Increasing productivity and retaining employees are essential to the success of your business. Be sure that you are taking all the necessary steps to do both by offering an inviting and comfortable break room.
About the Author - Jeff Reinstein is the Chief Executive Officer of Premier Business Centers, an office space provider dedicated to giving businesses the tools and space they need to grow.