Employee Break Areas: A Good Way to Boost Productivity
Article revised on 5 September 2017
A power nap at work? Or a quick game of foosball? Or a walk outside to get some fresh air? Now more than ever, organizations are looking for ways to build break areas that will allow their employees to unwind. They go back to work energized… and more creative!
Well rested, productive employees
It must be said that today’s workers keep their nose to the grindstone! It’s hard for them to stop thinking about work, because they’re constantly connected and can be really focused on meeting ambitious organizational objectives. Employers that make indoor and outdoor break areas available to their employees know that those who are able to allow themselves a little time of true relaxation during the day are more productive afterwards.
Diverse needs and a variety of spaces
Employees need to take a break, clear their head, get some fresh air, have a more informal place where they can chat with their co-workers, let their creative juices flow… It’s definitely worth it to your organization to consider the different ways you can offer employees environments that will meet their needs.
And you don’t need to break the bank! Employees just need a few places they can look forward to going to for a while and having a little time to themselves. A few examples:
- A nook with a machine that makes fancy coffees, or a few comfortable chairs where employees can have a chat or read their newspaper or magazine.
- A welcoming outdoor lounge, where employees can enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Think of having a space that offers a nice view with a natural décor and some greenery, so employees go back to work feeling refreshed.
- A siesta room with a bed or reclining chairs and subdued lighting, which will allow sleep-deprived workers or migraine sufferers to close their eyes for a few minutes
- A game room, where employees can let their hair down, have fun and bond with each other.
Of course, these spaces must take into account the restrictions specific to your organization, but the objective is still to create informal spaces to which employees can retreat from the constant demands of work.
If you don’t know what type of space would best meet your employees’ needs, that might be part of the answer! Why not consult them to get their point of view, while carrying out a pilot project? You’ll be delivering a strong message to your employees that you care about their health.
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