Every office has its own culture and identity. Some office spaces are well-suited to encourage collaboration and inclusivity, while others (especially in larger companies) tend to foster individual production and focus.
As millennials currently make up a growing percentage of the workforce—representing around 50% of corporate jobs—recent studies have shown that following the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic, millennials are keen to ditch office life in favour of working from home.
This is because they feel physical office environments can make it hard for office workers to decompress and relax when necessary, affecting their productivity and quality of work for a company in the long run.
As such, it has become important for employers to incorporate office break rooms in physical offices to redefine the traditional office for their millennial employees, focusing on creating office spaces that will cultivate efficient and productive workers who can work independently or collaboratively as needed.
Disconnecting: The Office Problem For Millennials
With the rise of technology and our equally fast, quick lifestyle, many millennials are forced to lead sedimentary lifestyles that can be detrimental to their health in the long term.
The millennial generation has been identified as the most socially connected group ever; 85% check their social media accounts within 15 minutes after waking up. It was even discovered that one out of four millennials check their social media accounts before they go to sleep.
This phenomenon is only made worse by office environments that emphasize constant communication and collaboration. Something that has not changed even after the post-pandemic shift to work-from-home.
While this may seem like a great idea for team building and creativity at first glance, it's actually proven that such a lifestyle breeds distraction, stress, and deteriorating mental health.
Technology's increasing accessibility creates the demand for workers to be constantly connected or available on-demand, making it harder for employees to detach from their work beyond physical locations or set hours.
As a result, office break rooms must now accommodate this shift, creating multipurpose spaces where employees can take a break from their desks both physically and mentally as needed.
[caption id="attachment_10704" align="aligncenter" width="843"] A Customised Bonzini Babyfoot Table in Spotify Singapore's Office.[/caption]
Making An Office Break Room Extraordinary
It is clear that office break rooms are not just about providing a place to eat anymore. In fact, office break rooms are quickly becoming office centres for collaboration, productivity, and even play as more office workers turn to the gig economy.
There are many ways that to approach building an office break room.
For example, you can use a casual office space layout with simple game tables to help foster impromptu "breakout sessions" when teams might need a creative push to jumpstart their next big project while promoting the use of creative outlets for problem-solving for more effective results.
Other office break room spaces have been transformed into comfortable gaming areas where employees can use their breaks in a fun way through video games and other activities.
Of course, how you build your office's break room depends on the needs of each company’s employees and the office space allocated.
[caption id="attachment_10698" align="aligncenter" width="897"] Is it a conference table or a ping pong table? Regardless of what you might think, the You & Me Ping Pong Table fits right at home in any office or play environment.[/caption]
Use Multipurpose Game Tables As Your Entry Point
If you have doubts over what investments to make to your office's break room, our recommendation is to start with multipurpose game tables that can instantly change any space into work or play/relaxation space, depending on your needs.
For starters, we recommend purchasing durable and easy-to-maintain multipurpose gaming tables for corporate spaces like the You & Me Ping Pong Table or the RS#3 Foosball Table range that caters to both indoor and outdoor environments.
You can also look into and get inspired with lifestyle brands like RS Barcelona, a great brand for any company looking into practical and quality multipurpose game tables that fit well in any modern office space.
[caption id="attachment_10699" align="aligncenter" width="516"] Values in gender equality - an essential theme today - can even be portrayed in a football table like the RS#3 by RS Barcelona, further accentuating the company's stand in matters.[/caption]
It is obvious that these office break rooms have become an important office space for companies to invest in.
Essentially multipurpose spaces that encourage creativity, innovation, and growth among millennial employees, we believe that a little bit goes a long way in creating a more sustainable working environment and keeping a healthy working culture for the decades to come.
There's no better time to start investing in your company's future through your employees than now.
If you're interested in starting building your own corporate break room or any other recreational space, you can email or message us on our official WhatsApp to make a booking. Our team provides free consultation and showroom tours that will allow you to test out the products for yourself.
September 7, 2021