Providing an office breakout area nowadays means much more than providing just a staff canteen or a water cooler. Increasingly, companies are realising that laying on a dedicated space where staff can relax, chat – and even sometimes work in different ways – has a host of benefits for both employers and employees.
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Here are five key reasons why breakout areas are an essential part of the modern workplace.
For Medical Reasons
The law says that all employees should be entitled to a minimum of a 20-minute break if they are at work for six hours or more. This is because medical experts say we should not stare at a screen for too long, as this can lead to a condition known as computer vision syndrome. This means that staff can suffer from headaches and eye strain if they don’t schedule regular breaks into their working day.Starting a New Project? - Free Quotation
A dedicated breakout area is essential for providing staff with somewhere to go without any laptops, PCs or tablets. Even the simple act of getting up from your desk and walking to the breakout area has health benefits. There are plenty of studies which show that sitting down for too long is unhealthy and can reduce life expectancy.
For Somewhere Different to Work
Even though many breakout areas are designed as work-free zones, they can often be places where staff are at their most creative. Freed from the restrictions of a dedicated workstation, a change of scene allows employees to approach tasks and challenges in a different way.
Breakout areas need not just be restricted to use by your staff, either. They can double up as informal interview spaces, or as a place to meet prospective clients, and can also be used as a venue for an official conferences and meetings.
For Promoting Teamwork
The modern breakout area will allow staff to meet up in a more relaxed atmosphere. Workers can get to know one another in an informal setting, which helps promote good morale. And the shared space also creates the perfect environment for people to work collaboratively, even if there aren’t any laptops or PCs in sight.
For Peace and Quiet
Modern, open-plan offices can easily become noisy, distracting places to work, as everyone can hear staff conversations, phones ringing and printers being used. A breakout area will give employees the chance for a few minutes’ precious peace and quiet away from the bustle of the working day. This is easily achieved if the area is properly soundproofed and the furniture is comfortable.
For Doing Something Completely Different
Breakout areas can also be somewhere where staff can take part in social and sporting activities far removed from their core tasks. Some companies have had pool or table tennis tables installed, others have opted for jukeboxes, and big businesses like Google and Nike have also included gyms and fitness rooms, electronic-free spaces, and even areas where you can have a nap.
All of these provide staff with a break from the stresses and strains of the day, and it ensures that they can return to work refreshed and revitalised.
Glass Office Partitions from Thames Contracts
One of the easiest ways to create a new breakout area is to use glass office partitions, one of Thames Contracts’ specialities. This allows you to create separate, dedicated spaces within an open-plan office so the same space can be used for relaxation, or for more formal business activities such as meetings and interviews.
At Thames Contracts we can offer partitions made from toughened, switchable and frosted glass, all of which will create a modern, clean look in your refurbished office. If you would like to know more about our office design services in St Albans, Stevenage and other locations in and around north London and Hertfordshire, follow this link and fill in the online form, or call us on 020 8368 0045.Starting a New Project? - Free Quotation