Statistics show that 79% of employees consider coffee breaks as the most effective way to boost productivity and team morale. So, with employee engagement levels slumping, could embracing break room culture help employers give their business a pick me up?…read more
Statistics show that 79% of employees consider coffee breaks as the most effective way to boost productivity and team morale. So, with employee engagement levels slumping, could embracing break room culture help employers give their business a pick me up?
Office culture has changed
These days there’s a new growing trend in lunch breaks; 80% of employees are no longer taking them. Lunch as we know it has changed and employees are opting to stay at their desks or take shorter breaks in order to get work done. Whilst most employees believe that staying at their desks will mean they are using their spare time productively, this isn’t actually the case; engagement at work currently sits at around 34% and it’s dropping. This is because skipping breaks at work results in disengagement, dissatisfaction and inefficiency.
Whilst you can’t force employees to take lunch away from the office, you can encourage them to take structured breaks throughout the day. Encouraging a break-friendly culture allows employees to recharge, reduce stress and increase focus which, in return, can increase productivity and employee satisfaction while improving the quality of work produced.
The importance of coffee breaks
For many of us, coffee and the workplace go hand-in-hand as it provides a welcome wake-up in the morning. However, taking structured breaks throughout the day offers a socially acceptable time-out between tasks. It gives employees the opportunity and environment to break from the sedentary rhythm of office life, socialise with colleagues, improve working relationships, share perspectives and ideas, gain new insights and knowledge and deal with stress and emotional pressure.
A survey conducted by Nespresso shows that coffee breaks reinforce the feeling of belonging. In fact, 79% of employees consider these breaks as the most efficient way to boost team spirit, whilst improving productivity and easing conflicts. For 91% of employees these are ideal moments to build personal exchanges with colleagues.
Ultimately, coffee breaks improve job satisfaction, with 67% of employees stating that it makes them “extremely