The way we work is changing and the office is changing with it. Whether you love the Google cable cars or Amazon’s green walls, creating a space where employees can break away from their desks can have huge benefits for productivity, creativity, health and employee wellbeing.
A good breakout area doesn’t have to be huge or include slides and nap pods. Even if you can only afford to section off an area of your existing office, you can promote employee wellbeing. Use comfortable sofas as a break from the office chair. Invest in a bean to cup coffee machine so your employees can get great coffee without leaving the office. And keep the noise levels down – noise pollution is one of the biggest bugbears in the modern office and can kill conversation and concentration, so design your breakout area to minimise it.
Light and colour
Let natural light flood in and use real green plants wherever possible – they’ve been proven to increase employees’ creativity and will keep the air clean and sweet. If natural light isn’t an option then use ergonomic lighting to create the right atmosphere. Keep your colour scheme relaxing with blues and greens, but don’t be afraid of energising orange and yellow. Use colour psychology to your advantage to help employees relax but keep focus.
A break from routine
A well-designed breakout area has a multitude of uses – it’s a place to take a screen break or to catch up with colleagues, to hold informal meetings or to enjoy lunch. A work cafe with a good range of kitchenware is a smart way to establish an office culture where taking a break is seen as vital for employee wellbeing. Not only will your breakout space encourage conversation, collaboration and creativity but your workforce will be encouraged to be more physically active in the office.
Be forward thinking
Attracting and keeping talent is getting harder and if you’re in a competitive industry, good office design can really make a difference for your organisation. Why not treat your staff to all the perks of a beautiful breakout area using our design and business services? Contact us today or call 0870 890 0020 for more details.