Relaxing Break Rooms:  5 Trends for Shared Spaces

Intuitive business owners know that relaxing and aesthetically pleasing workspaces can improve employee performance. Comfortable employees are less distracted and more productive.

This idea isn’t limited to isolated offices or cubicles. Most business models encourage collaboration and teamwork as central principles of their success. This makes it even more important for companies to fashion functional, yet appealing spaces that colleagues can share.

This includes the break room.

Let’s take a look at five trends will improve the utility of your break room, while also making sure that it becomes a place that is inviting for employees.

1. Take Advantage of Natural Lighting

Apart from offering the opportunity to view the world outside and feel a pleasant breeze, windows allow natural sunlight to brighten the workspace.

Our body’s natural rhythms are tethered to daylight. No matter what kinds of lights you have in your common spaces, they simply cannot replicate some of the things that sunlight can do, such as:

  • Boost mood
  • Reduce eye strain and headaches
  • Limit lethargy

Additionally, natural light saves on energy costs.

2. Consider Your Amenities

Too often, the break room becomes a catch-all that looks like a large broom closet. But its ultimate purpose is to provide employees a place to eat, drink, and interact with each other.

Consider how many of your fondest memories include time spent with others in a coffee shop or a pub. Food and beverages invite community. Separating out storage space and gathering zones can foster excitement in your workforce.

3. Think About Functionality

Populate your break room space with several different types of tables. A standing bar table provides relief for people who’ve been sitting all day. Side tables allow someone to sit on a couch with a book without also having to hold a cup of coffee. Round tables allow small teams of colleagues the opportunity to sit and converse.

When you’re thinking about seating, pay attention to how many people use the break room to ensure that there will be a place for everyone.

4. Get Creative with the Furniture

Tables and chairs serve an important function, but sometimes, an employee just wants to de-stress. This goal can be accomplished with strategic selections of furniture.

Beyond the standard couch or lounge chair — which can still be useful —  why not hang a hammock or a couple of swings in the room if the space allows?

And for the intense employee who best decompresses through physical movement, an exercise ball or a set of yoga mats might be a nice option.

5. Differentiate Your Spaces

No one enjoys a break room that looks just like every other room in the office. Consult with a specialist who can suggest color schemes, unique fixtures, or creative ways to use a conventional or outdated space.

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