BREAK OUT
THE
BREAK ROOMKeep Your Break Room
Equipped for
Enthusiastic Employees
SOME BACKGROUND ON BREAK
ROOMS
• A break room is where employees keep their
lunch, eating utensils, cleaning supplies, etc...
EVERY BREAKROOM STARTS AS
A ROOM
• Cabinet space
• Countertop space
• Appliances
– Refrigerator & Freezer
– Microwave
– Co...
NOSHING SUPPLIES
You never know when your office is
going to throw a party, or when you
might forget a fork!
• Keep break ...
CLEANING SUPPLIES
• Sponges
• Rubber gloves
• Disinfectants
• Trash liners – for general garbage and
recycling purposes
• ...
COFFEE/TEA SUPPLIES
• Tea
– English Breakfast, Caffeinated and Decaffeinated
– Green or Lemon Tea
• Coffee suplies
– Keuri...
A break room can be
more than just a break
room…
BREAK ROOMS CAN
BOOST OFFICE MORALE
BREAK ROOMS &
OFFICE MORALE
• A good break room gets people out of their chairs, which is
extremely important for employee...
TIPS FOR
CREATING AN
Engaging
Employee
BREAK ROOM
ADD GAMES
+Adding games to employee break rooms
increases productivity.
+Employees that spend too much time
gaming ALREADY...
ADD A TELEVISION
• We know that adding a TV sounds like
the worst idea possible, but it’s actually
not so bad! Television ...
PROVIDE COMFORTABLE
SEATING
• Again, the break room is about taking a
“break” from the office.
– Allowing employees to rel...
ADD DÉCOR
+Adding décor to the break room distinguishes it
from the rest of the office
– Employees view it as a real “brea...
ORGANIZE A BREAK ROOM
POTLUCK
Potlucks can bring employees together
because, as we all already know, food
brings people to...
PROVIDE HEALTHY SNACKS
AND FREE LUNCH ITEMS
• Healthy Snacks
– Keeping employees healthy is important!
(This means less si...
MOST IMPORTANTLY:
FREE COFFEE
• Although coffee was listed as a basic
essential to every break room in slide
6, we cannot ...
REMEMBER…THE BREAK ROOM IS
not THE OFFICE
Haven’t we emphasized that enough? The
break room is not a room filled with offi...
EXAMPLES OF
SUCCESSFUL OFFICES
WITH THE BEST
BREAK ROOMS
(to name just a few!)+Google
+Yelp (the background image of this ...
SOURCES
• http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/education/top-10-
ways-to-boost-morale-in-the-break-room/c27761.aspx
• http:...
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Break room

  1. 1. BREAK OUT THE BREAK ROOMKeep Your Break Room Equipped for Enthusiastic Employees
  2. 2. SOME BACKGROUND ON BREAK ROOMS • A break room is where employees keep their lunch, eating utensils, cleaning supplies, etc. • A fully supplied break room is essential to the office; after all, employees need to eat! • A break room can be starkly functional, containing only the essential list of cleaning and break room supplies, or it can be a nice, brief getaway for employees from their desks. – For more information about Break Rooms and Morale, check out Slides 8-17!
  3. 3. EVERY BREAKROOM STARTS AS A ROOM • Cabinet space • Countertop space • Appliances – Refrigerator & Freezer – Microwave – Coffee maker • Keurig or Drip Coffee Maker – Toaster (Not necessary, but a nice perk!) Before a break room becomes a break room, it must first contain…
  4. 4. NOSHING SUPPLIES You never know when your office is going to throw a party, or when you might forget a fork! • Keep break room supplies fully stocked • Paper plates and bowls • Plastic forks, knives, and spoons • Napkins • Serving trays (for goodies!)
  5. 5. CLEANING SUPPLIES • Sponges • Rubber gloves • Disinfectants • Trash liners – for general garbage and recycling purposes • Dish and hand soap To clean up after your office party…or to clean up after an accidental coffee spill! Keep cleaning supplies in
  6. 6. COFFEE/TEA SUPPLIES • Tea – English Breakfast, Caffeinated and Decaffeinated – Green or Lemon Tea • Coffee suplies – Keurig K-Cups – Ground coffee for drip coffee makers • Milk – Whole, Skim, or 2% – Soy and/or Lactose Intolerant Milk • Sugar, Artificial Sweetners, and honey • Stirrer (not necessary, but a perk!)
  7. 7. A break room can be more than just a break room… BREAK ROOMS CAN BOOST OFFICE MORALE
  8. 8. BREAK ROOMS & OFFICE MORALE • A good break room gets people out of their chairs, which is extremely important for employees’ health – Studies show that remaining seated throughout the day is detrimental to employee health, morale, and overall perception of their career • A break room can be one of the contributing reasons that compel employees to stay at their job. It is important that employees want to stay at their job-- literally. – Employees who are itching to end their work day will most likely quit, thereby decreasing a company’s employee retention rate • Studies show that accommodating a social break rooms can increase employee productivity by 25% – Breaks enable people to vent and chat with their coworkers – Develop a personal relationship with their work space – Recharge their mental energy to pursue new tasks more vigorously
  9. 9. TIPS FOR CREATING AN Engaging Employee BREAK ROOM
  10. 10. ADD GAMES +Adding games to employee break rooms increases productivity. +Employees that spend too much time gaming ALREADY struggle with time management both away and at their desk. • Ping pong • Foosball • Air hokey • Dry Erase Boards (For playing hang man, pictionary…or brainstorming ideas for the break room!)
  11. 11. ADD A TELEVISION • We know that adding a TV sounds like the worst idea possible, but it’s actually not so bad! Television grants employees a window to the outside world and takes their mind off the monotony of working in the office. – Remember, control of the television should be handled on a first come first serve basis!
  12. 12. PROVIDE COMFORTABLE SEATING • Again, the break room is about taking a “break” from the office. – Allowing employees to relax in comfortable office furniture gives them the ability to regain their strength to work harder when they reenter the office – Without comfy chairs, employees will most likely exit the office premises for their lunch break, but with comfy seating, employees will feel encouraged to stick around during their lunch break to socialize with the coworkers.
  13. 13. ADD DÉCOR +Adding décor to the break room distinguishes it from the rest of the office – Employees view it as a real “break” room – a break from the office space – Adding décor can help boost employees’ moods, relaxing them from the stress of the office • Bring in some potted plants • Hang pictures • Paint the walls with a pop of color • Tip: For seasonal holidays, use scissors and office paper to cut out snowflakes, flowers, hearts, suns, etc. to hang on the walls • PS: The background image is from Free People’s home office!
  14. 14. ORGANIZE A BREAK ROOM POTLUCK Potlucks can bring employees together because, as we all already know, food brings people together. Hosting seasonal potlucks will help inspire a close-knit office culture and keep people loving their work!
  15. 15. PROVIDE HEALTHY SNACKS AND FREE LUNCH ITEMS • Healthy Snacks – Keeping employees healthy is important! (This means less sick days) • Free Lunch – At least once a week! – Free lunch can achieve a mild office culture (Potlucks are more successful!) • Free lunch does not necessarily entitle workers to stay in the break room, but it certainly does give employees something to look forward to
  16. 16. MOST IMPORTANTLY: FREE COFFEE • Although coffee was listed as a basic essential to every break room in slide 6, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is that employees not feel burdened to bring in their own coffee – Many employees rely on caffeine to get through their day – providing free and readily available coffee is a must, must, must, must, must!!
  17. 17. REMEMBER…THE BREAK ROOM IS not THE OFFICE Haven’t we emphasized that enough? The break room is not a room filled with office supplies and file cabinets. It’s there to help fortify office culture. Don’t bring work into the break room! AND ask EMPLOYEES ABOUT WHAT CHANGES OR ADDITIONS THEY WANT TO SEE IN THEIR BREAK ROOM Take out notebooks and list the things that your employees care about. Guaranteed, your employee retention rate will soar!
  18. 18. EXAMPLES OF SUCCESSFUL OFFICES WITH THE BEST BREAK ROOMS (to name just a few!)+Google +Yelp (the background image of this slide! +Free People +Discovery Communications +Hearst +Principle Financial Group (PFG) +American Society of Association Executives +Wieden + Kennedy +Microsoft +PopCap Games
  19. 19. SOURCES • http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/education/top-10- ways-to-boost-morale-in-the-break-room/c27761.aspx • http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/jobs/group-breaks- can-raise-workplace-productivity.html?_r=0 • http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/10/1014_office_co llaborative/index_01.htm • http://mashable.com/2012/02/14/yelp-nyc-office/ • http://smallbusiness.chron.com/improve-employee-break- room-21314.html • http://www.brighthub.com/office/human- resources/articles/86763.aspx • http://www.lorensworld.com/business/5-ways-to-boost- morale-in-the-office/
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