If there is one level playing field in the office, it is the breakout area. Most office workers will make this their first of many stopping points in the day and employers are finally cottoning on to the importance of providing a great space for staff to grab a humble cup of coffee or tea.
Providing a great refreshment area for staff can seem like an unnecessary expense, but the rewards can run far deeper than you might think. Here are just a few reasons why refreshment points in your office can benefit everyone.
Free flow of ideas
Much like at any truly good party, many employees find themselves gravitating towards the kitchen. And with good reason; it provides the chance to catch up with colleagues from other departments in a relaxed setting, away from the often-formal atmosphere of the boardroom.
Add plenty of comfortable seating, and a refreshment point can become a working area in itself. Away from the constraints of the office desk, collaborations start, ideas flow, and before you know it, idle chit-chat can quickly turn into the next big thing.
In the modern office, perks are big business. Just take a look at Googles HQ, which boasts a games room, gym and even a bowling alley to name just a few.
Not every company has Google’s space or budget but it doesn’t have to be difficult to create a truly inspiring breakout area that staff will love. Modular systems like Signature Storagewall make it’s easy to create an inspiration centre without expensive design and bespoke joinery.
When staff have a great place to go for a much-needed caffeine boost, not only will they be less inclined to go off-site – increasing productivity – but it’ll make them feel valued. What you get is a happier workforce, higher morale and inevitably, increased employee retention.
All too often, drinks areas are an afterthought, resulting in a drab space that does anything but excite. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are a myriad of stylish and modern fittings, refreshment systems and fixtures that can. Turn your office into a talent magnet.
From fully customisable storage units to waste points and even high-tech taps like the Scanomat TopBrewer, that you can control with a smartphone, it’s easier than ever to get the kind of vibrant space that staff members look forward to visiting, as well as being a great showpiece to flout to new clients and potential new employees.
Making a space in the office for high-quality refreshments isn’t just about quenching thirst. It’s about making the office a place where people want to be. That latte could fuel the next company game-changer.
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