If you have a home office or an office outside your home, a coffee station is a wonderful place to gather and get to know your coworkers, colleagues, and clients. It’s an area that you can use to relax and have some time to decompress before starting work again. But, what would you have in this space? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Or has your Break Room become a mishmash of items that people have brought in over time. Today, I am going to talk break down the process to create an inviting break room for you and your employees. Let’s begin!
Create an Amazing Break Room
Survey your employees.
What do people want in a breakroom? Give them a multiple choice survey to limit the number of things they want especially if it is a small breakroom. Include a series of questions similar to these below. Feel free to add more customized questions to your questionnaire.
- How do you take your coffee or tea? Plain, with cream, with sugar, with other: ________ (circle all that applies)
- What snacks do you like for those afternoon cravings? Fruit, chips, ________
- What type of coffee do you prefer? Flavored _________, mild, medium, or dark, other: __________, I don’t drink coffee.
- What type of tea do you prefer? herbal ________, Black, Green, fruity, other:_______
- How do you prefer to prepare your coffee? Coffee maker, french press, other:_______
- Do you prefer single serve coffee machines? Yes or no or doesn’t matter
- What do you prefer to do when you are on a break? Rest, be by yourself, take a walk, socialize
Pick an area that is centrally located.
We had a breakroom right in the center of our office where everyone could go, watch tv and be talk to one another. If it is too in the center of everything, try a side room off the main meeting area. Add chairs and a nice table to create interaction with other people. No fabric chairs, it’s too difficult to clean.
Stock all the essentials supplies needed for a cup of coffee in the cabinet and refrigerator.
Even if you take coffee black so assume that they may use creamers and different types of sugars. The most uninviting break rooms are the ones that are half stocked with stuff and are missing the essential supplies needed to make a cup of coffee or tea. Snacks like fruits, cookies, croissants, donuts, etc… for employees to share after you determine what your employees would prefer. Hopefully, it will minimize waste.
Make the space relaxing.
An area that people can rest is wonderful. I found that when working in retail, it was wonderful to be able to go to a quiet area and just read or rest my head. A few padded faux leather reclining chairs are wonderful. A TV mounted that people can watch is an essential when taking a break. Internet access so people can go online is nice too. Keep in mind what your employees enjoy doing to relax will help you develop this area.
Pick up enough supplies for people to use while on break.
Paper towels, paper plates and napkins and Forks/knives and spoons are useful but make a lot of trash. If your office is up for it, get a plate set and tell everyone they need to clean their own plate, silverware, and mug/glass after they use them.
Have the right appliance for your office.
Pick office equipment that everyone will use. If your office likes a heated water cooler unit, then buy one of them for your office. If your office staff prefers a french press, purchase that instead of a coffee maker. If your staff likes to bring in food to cook in the microwave, purchase a microwave. If your staff needs a place to store leftovers, a small or medium sized refrigerator is needed. All these questions can be figured out when doing the initial survey with your employees.
Make sure you have enough storage for all the supplies.
I have been in many offices where their supplies are overwhelming the break room. So, buy as you need it. Have a closet is great in this area, but if that is not possible, a freestanding cabinet would work just fine.
Create a homey environment.
Instead of just laying snacks on the counter, get a decorative large basket and display them in the basket. An inviting display will make the snacks go faster and less waste will occur.
I hope this inspired you to make an inviting break room for your staff. Remember, that you don’t just need a break room for your staff. You can create one for yourself too. If you work in your home, set up an area near your desk just for you and your visitors with these tips as well.
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