Relaxation, Rejuvenation, and Refreshment in an Appealing Space Can Do Wonders for Workers
Some of the best interactions between work colleagues occur in the office break room, and some of the best break room ideas revolve around facilitating and encouraging those conversations. Whether your Colorado workplace covers only a few hundred square feet or multiple floors, the office break room is where employees can spend a little time relaxing, recharging, and reconnecting during a busy workday.
But no one wants to spend time in a drab, depressing break room space. No one will run to the break room to grab a cup of coffee if it is stale, weak, or bitter, and no one will catch-up around the water cooler if they have no water cooler to catch-up around.
To make your break room a space that will make your employees happy, more productive, and more collegial, consider these fun and functional break room ideas:
Have a Seat
Sure, a boring table surrounded by four boring chairs will get the job done at lunchtime, but the furnishings in your break room can add much more value with a little creativity. Consider a variety of seating options like picnic benches, couches, recliners, or bean bag chairs. Look for tables and other furniture that make a statement rather than just making for a good place to eat a sandwich.
Have Some Fun
A little friendly competition proves to be a great way to build team spirit and let off some steam. If your break room is big enough, you can add a ping-pong or foosball table. In smaller spaces, a classic stand-up arcade game like Pac-Man or Donkey Kong or a TV and video game console can do the trick, as can board games, card games, and jigsaw puzzles.
Make Your Breakroom an Expression of Your Company Culture
The walls of your breakroom are a blank canvas. Too often, however, the only things hanging on breakroom walls are legally required notices and posters or a bulletin board full of random things that no one looks at for months or years.
You can take those walls and make them an expression of your company’s culture and brand. A creative and unique mural that captures the spirit of your business, or art that does the same, can reinforce your workforce’s feeling that they work in a special place.
Maybe bring in some Colorado themes like pictures of Pikes Peak, Mile High Stadium, or Garden of the Gods. Coloradoans have an enormous amount of pride in their state, so reflecting that in the breakroom can boost morale.
Brighten Things Up
Many breakrooms are in interior spaces with no windows or natural light. A harsh fluorescent glow from the ceiling is no substitute. But you can find lighting options that brighten up the room in a pleasing, relaxing way. Floor and table lamps can do the trick. You can also brighten things up with colors like orange, yellow, blue, or green.
Stock Up On Healthy and Tasty Food and Beverages
Of course, folks don’t go to the breakroom just to hang out. They go to grab a cup of coffee, a glass of water, some ice for their soda, or a snack to fuel them for the next few hours. But if all you have to offer is bitter-tasting coffee, funky-smelling water, and unappealing food options, your employees will be none too thrilled.
By stocking your breakroom with gourmet coffee brewed on a top-of-the-line coffee machine, fresh, pure water from a convenient purified water dispenser, and a variety of other healthy snacks and beverages, you can keep your workers caffeinated, hydrated, motivated, and happy.
Colorado Pure: Providing Great Break Room Ideas Since 1990
At Colorado Pure, we are all about bringing people together. We do so by providing Colorado offices and workplaces with the purest, highest quality water and the finest brewing equipment and coffee available.
We offer a complete “hands-off” Colorado Springs office coffee service and break room refreshments solution that allows you to focus on your business while we focus on keeping your break room full of all the best coffee, teas, creamers, filtered water, ice machines, and snacks that will make your break room a huge hit.
To find out how you can make your company’s break room a driver of increased employee communication, productivity, and job satisfaction, please contact us for a free quote.