A break room may seem like wasted space to some managers who would rather see the area go towards more cubicles or storage, but a break room plays a crucial role in the overall morale and experience for your employees. Listed below are some of the most important reasons to provide a break room:
- Increase productivity. Employees that eat their lunches in a break room, as opposed to eating out, are more likely to take only the allotted 30 to 60 minute lunch break. When they go out to eat, lunches can run long due to travel time, waiting at the restaurant or becoming engrossed in conversation with the other diners.
- Save employees money. Providing a break room will encourage workers to pack their own lunches and eat in the office, which is cheaper than going out to eat every day.
- Improve employee health. In general, homemade meals are healthier than eating out every day. Since a break room encourages employees to “brown bag it,” they will be eating more wholesome meals, and improving worker health decreases health-related absences and insurance premiums. There are also several things employers can do to encourage healthy behaviors in the breakroom. »Learn More
- Boost morale. Keeping employee morale high should be a goal of any company, because when employees’ spirits are up, they get more done in the day. Just having a break room itself can increase morale, but there are specific ways you can leverage the break room to further enhance your employees’ work experience. »Learn More
- Give employees a place to unwind. Nobody can stay on task all day long. The person’s body and mind can become drained, which can decrease productivity, so small breaks are necessary. The break room gives employees a place to go and get away from their desk for a while and mentally recharge so they can finish the rest of the day.
- Facilitate employee interaction. Most days, workers spend the majority of their time at their desk or work station, rarely seeing their coworkers. The break room gives employees a place to meet up during lunch or for a coffee break and share a conversation. This can lead to office friendships that increases employee retention, since your workers enjoy being around other people in the office.