How to Design a Break Room That Isn’t Boring
Your employees deserve a relieve and creating the perfect break room is key. Stuck on how to curate a space your employees love? Here are some leading break room ideas, from set-up to activities and even digital signage.
Employee break rooms can often be used as a litmus test to determine company culture. A cozy break room designed to uplift and support employees is always a good sign, but it's not always clear which current trends are going to be the most enjoyable and, most importantly, useful to your employees.
The right break room design will depend on your team's specific needs, but there are also a few universal features that will make any employee lunch room a more welcoming space for your team to recharge.
Activities to Unwind
The first priority of a break room is to be a place where your employees can completely disconnect from work. You can provide a variety of activities to be enjoyed during breaks, or even before or after an employee's shift.
Some break rooms feature a board game cabinet, puzzle table where employees can work together, or even a foosball table or basketball hoop. The breakroom should have a collection of small activities that can help shake up the work day, relieve stress and refresh employees to improve productivity.
Quiet Room and Resting Area
Some of your employees may appreciate a break room that allows them to rest completely — no activities, just a quiet space. You can section out a portion of the break room for employees to focus, unwind, meditate, and even catch a small amount of sleep.
Start by soundproofing the room and providing dim lighting, add couches or lounging chairs with some floor space for yoga mats. This can allow employees to isolate their thoughts and recharge when necessary, and is very useful for introverts who may not want to socialize during their break.
Digital Signage for Entertainment and Announcements
What about the break room TV?
Imagine a video wall in your break room capable of streaming, social media updates, and even gaming. With digital signage, all of these entertainment options are possible. Digital signage is a great medium for corporate communication, but also a great place to conduct company culture and bonding.
Looking for specific use cases for digital signage in the break room? Try any mix of the following:
- Employee recognition board: You can boost morale and engagement with displaying recent accomplishments of employees that changes regularly.
- Policy awareness: Digital signage on the workplace floor usually broadcasts safety concerns and new policies to follow, but the break room could be a perfect space to remind employees of their benefits and encourage them to use policies for their well-being (e.g., a new upskilling class offered by their department).
- Social media walls: Connect your digital signage to social media accounts and curate a fun feed for your employees to read.
- Community feed: If you don’t feel like using other social media platforms, you could treat your digital signage slides as your own! Encourage employees to submit photos, videos and general content to broadcast for a lively feed that’ll make employees feel included in the bigger company picture.
While you're exploring employee break room ideas, don't hesitate to ask your team what they might like to see. Use a combination of outside inspiration and direct feedback to create a space that will be most enjoyable for your team. You could make your break room a bustling activity room, section off quiet corners and even create an even deeper company culture with digital signage — it’s up to you!
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