As a nation, we’re spending more time behind desks and staring at screens than ever before, with the average person spending one-third of their life at work.
So, it has become imperative for employee morale, mental wellbeing and productivity levels for employers to dedicate an area away from the desk where staff can take a break, rest their eyes and recharge.
Break out spaces come in all shapes and sizes, but all of them share a common goal; to better the workplace. Most boast comfy social seating, working and eating tables so that your employees can not only relax, but also host meetings and discussions, and can escape from their desks to work in a different setting.
More and more businesses are realising just how important it is to find an office space to rent with luxury break out spaces for their staff to enjoy, but you may be thinking what could your company benefit from this?
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In this edition of our office space to rent series, we explore 6 reasons why break out areas are hugely beneficial for any business.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
- Mental wellbeing
- Physical health
- Collaboration and communication
- Free from distraction
We all want a more productive workforce so we’ll start here…
Did you know taking a break can boost productivity by almost 15%?
It may seem illogical, but encouraging your staff to take time away from their desks increases productivity - let’s face it there’s nothing less productive than a drained employee.
Finding an office space to rent with a place for employees to rest their brains and enjoy some well-earned downtime will have them returning fresh and fully focused on the next task.
2. Mental wellbeing
Every business has times when stress levels are high; this may be a predictable busy period or when things get hectic with deadlines.
However, studies have found that when employers encourage their staff to take regular breaks away from their screens, employee stress is significantly reduced.
Break out areas help to boost employee mental health as these spaces don’t just offer a change of scenery, but they also help to provide a relaxing and comfortable space for employees to unwind when stress levels are high.
3. Physical health
Humans weren’t designed to sit behind a desk for 8 hours a day, so it comes as no surprise that many office workers struggle with aches and pains.
Break out areas promote movement and present employees with the opportunity to get up from their desks and change their posture throughout the working day. Moving around reduces mental blocks, boosts concentration, reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
4. Collaboration and communication
Break out areas are an effective way of promoting a collaborative culture within your business. Unlike typical meeting rooms or offices, these multipurpose spaces are a lot less formal with a relaxed feel. This encourages employees to interact better with colleagues in impromptu meetings and brainstorming sessions.
Additionally, staff who are stuck behind their desks from 9 to 5 in the office mix with the same group of people each day. Break out space brings various groups of people together, encouraging a community spirit and networking opportunities.
The environment in which we work has an overwhelming effect on the way we think and the ideas we generate. In a formal office environment employees are less likely to think outside the box. However, break out areas offer a more relaxed environment that nurtures creativity, encourages innovation and births new ideas.
6. Free from distraction
Working in an environment with phones constantly ringing, noisy office banter and loud printers can be a nightmare - especially when you’ve got a deadline fast approaching.
Having the opportunity to retreat from the daily hustle and bustle of the office in a break out area helps employees to concentrate, become more productive and also improves employee satisfaction.
Final words from HUB26
At HUB26 we realise that break out areas can have significant positive impacts upon your employee’s mental wellbeing, productivity and job satisfaction, as well as presenting your business with many benefits.
Our luxury member’s only lounge, CLUB26, is like no other. Whether you’re meeting for an informal coffee, want to plan a training day, or just want to take a five-minute timeout from the office, the lounge and CLUB26 team will make you feel at home.
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