In today’s high-pressure business world, all employees appreciate having somewhere at work where they can relax and talk to fellow members of staff.
Thames Contracts are specialists in office refurbishments and refits in and around London, including in Watford, Enfield, Hitchin and Stevenage. Here we look at how expert office space planning and design can create areas which help improve social interaction among colleagues, giving them somewhere to rest, work, and welcome visitors.
Past and Present
Previously, when employees wanted to chat to one another they may have had to use the staff canteen, or any space around the water cooler. However, in recent years custom-built breakout areas have proved increasingly popular with companies and staff.
The latest trends have seen the addition of soft furnishings, pool and table tennis tables and even items such as juke boxes.
A Healthy Atmosphere
Breakout areas provide somewhere for staff to relax and recharge their batteries, particularly if they are sound-proof. Open-plan offices can be quite noisy, with lots of conversations going on at the same time, so a quiet space can come as a welcome relief.
Workers then have the chance to get to know each other in a more informal setting, improving relationships within the office.
As a further boost for health, it is a good idea to include plenty of plants throughout the office. These can absorb carbon dioxide and dust, which improves the air quality. Studies have also shown they can cut stress and anxiety levels, which in turn helps to lower staff sickness rates.
A Productive Space
Studies have shown that if employees have somewhere to relax they can return to work refreshed, boosting their productivity later in the day. Breakout areas can also act as unofficial workspaces, as people may find it easier to collaborate creatively in an informal setting. They need not be just for employees; you can also use them to talk to potential customers.
At Thames we can help make your breakout area function as a venue for conferences and meetings if you wish. Our innovative designs can incorporate power points and whiteboards, so staff can jot down any ideas quickly.
Installing partitioning is a quick, effective way of creating separate areas within the office. Thames Contracts offer a wide range of glass partitions, which can help maximise the amount of natural light within the office.
For added soundproofing and privacy the panels can be double-glazed or fitted with opaque rather than transparent panels. We can easily add blinds as well. Our panels are pre-fabricated so can easily be slid into position. This means you need not have the inconvenience of full-scale building works to install partitioning.
Compliance with the Law
While in the UK there is no specific requirement to provide an area for relaxation, employees should have somewhere to rest and enjoy hot meals and drinks on the premises. In addition, the Health and Safety Executive recommends that periods of time spent using screens should be balanced out by regular breaks and spells away from the computer.
Most employers and employees recognise their benefits of creating an area where staff can relax. We can incorporate a rest area as part of our office space planning, design and build services. We will find out what you and your staff’s requirements are and design one which meets your company’s exact needs.
If you want to know more about office refurbishments, Thames Contracts have carried out high-quality work in
Watford, Welwyn Garden City, Borehamwood and Hatfield, plus many other locations in the London area. Follow the link above to find out more about our services and get a quote.