Employee retention and break rooms go hand in hand. Employees value their break room perks. Whether it’s flexible working hours, professional development opportunities, gym memberships, working remotely, or meals or catered food, perks can have a big impact on an employee’s lifestyle quality. Perks also create a positive return on investment for employers. Break room perks help to create a culture and environment where employees can find that work-life balance. If employees are happy at work, they’re going to produce more. And this leads to higher retention.
A cost-effective company benefit that is highly valued as an employee retention tool is the office break room. But it isn’t just any type of break room. This break room should support community building, be aesthetically pleasing, let employees know that their well-being is important, and offer a variety of healthy and traditional snacks, food, and beverages.
Employees value a community atmosphere in the place where they work. And a common way to build a sense of community is to share a conversation over a meal, cup of coffee or snack in the break room and that includes your Wilmington employees. Eating together is one of the easiest ways to create strong social bonds in any group, allowing your employees to make connections outside their teams and departments. And having an inviting break room atmosphere provides a location where employee connections can be made.
In order to draw employees into the break room, the space must be aesthetically pleasing and welcoming. Creating an aesthetically pleasing break room can vary from a few small design changes to a complete overhaul. Features that appeal to most employees include increasing the amount of natural lighting, updating fixtures, incorporating aspects of nature such as plants, wood, or water, and adding new places to socialize or take a nap.
Current and Future Employees
A transformed break room creates a community atmosphere and helps employees connect with each other. It also draws in potential new hires. Break room perks like micro-markets and pantry service in inviting spaces help Wilmington employers build a stronger relationship with current employees as well as show new hires that their quality-of-life matters.
Whether it’s adding office coffee service or healthy vending machines, or designing a completely new space, K&R Market Fresh can help. For more information, call us at 800-427-1089. We look forward to hearing from you.