The average office worker spends the majority of their time sitting at their desk, more time than they spend doing anything else. As a country, we’re spending more time at work than ever before, with most of us staring at screens for long uninterrupted stretches of time. Therefore, it’s become increasingly important for staff morale, mental well-being and productivity levels to have an area in the workplace that’s set apart from their desks, somewhere they can rest their eyes, have a break, enjoy some refreshments and recharge their batteries. For this reason, more and more companies are beginning to realise just how important it is to have a high quality, well thought-out breakout area.
Here we list the top three benefits of investing in a great breakout space…
It may initially seem counter-intuitive that encouraging people to spend time away from their desks could increase productivity, but there is really nothing less productive than a drowsy, washed-out employee. Health and safety recommendations suggest that people who work with computers should have a break of at least 5-10 minutes every hour. Having a revitalising breakout room for your staff to use during these breaks will allow them to rest their eyes and their brains, so they can return to their desks refreshed and focused.
The best breakout areas can double as brain-storming spaces, They’re separate from the sometimes stifling atmosphere of the office and offer a relaxed environment that’s especially conducive for coming up with fresh ideas. A dedicated collaborative space is also great for morale, which improves productivity.
Studies have shown that bosses who encourage frequent breaks in dedicated areas see their employee’s stress levels significantly decrease. Employees report higher levels of satisfaction with their work and significantly fewer report feelings associated with ‘burn-out’.
Finally, a few tips for designing your breakout area…
Keep It Colourful…
Don’t be afraid to have fun with colour. Your breakout space should be a contrast to the rest of your workplace and colour is well-known to energise staff and stimulate levels of creativity.
Keep It Comfortable…
Be sure to select breakout furniture that’s comfortable and that complements the use of the room. As well as relaxing, your employees may use your breakout area for casual chats with visitors or clients. So if you have enough space, include comfortable armchairs or tub chairs, a selection of multipurpose chairs and a central table for those impromptu meetings.
Keep It Light…
Great lighting can make all the difference to your breakout area. If you don’t have access to natural light, you’ll need to work around it with smart light systems that do their best to imitate natural light and can be adjusted, from soft to bright, to suit the mood.
As with any office space, it needs to flow, so if you need any advice about how to create the perfect breakout area for your office, please get in touch.
For more ideas on how to keep your staff happy and efficient, check out our breakout area page.