5 Reasons Why You Need A Great Staff Room As Much As Your Staff Does

5 Reasons Why You Need A Great Staff Room As Much As Your Staff Does

Warehouses and factories tend to be large, cavernous spaces within the aisles of which people can feel a bit lost. Sometimes this can be solved by signposting, but other times your workers need something a bit bigger to feel like they belong. They need walls – four of them, surrounding a comfortable breakout room where they can retreat from the chaos of the factory floor. But why would you bother building this cosy workplace oasis? To keep your people happy. Because when your people are happy, trust us, you and your stakeholders will be too.

1 Added value
When you’re based in an industrial area you often can’t offer your staff incentives such as “excellent coffee at the new cafe down the street”. You can, however, create a great hangout space of your own – or rather, a space for your employees to call their own for half an hour twice a day – complete with their own excellent coffee. Why would you go to this expense? In this major workplace study, 93% of people polled said they do their best work when they feel valued. Maximum output in exchange for a flat white? Sounds like a sound investment to us.
Takeaway tip: There is direct value to be had in valuing your staff.

2 But where? Up there ^
If you’re in the industrial industry you probably have a lot of space. But wherever you look – left, right, behind you and in front – forklifts, stock and staff are taking up ALL OF IT. So direct your gaze upward, where you’re likely to see a high roof, begging to have a mezzanine floor built into it. Okay, so your roof doesn’t actually care what you construct – but your workers will be pretty stoked to have a place to escape to, high above all their double-shift stresses. And, bonus for you: adding a mezzanine floor can delay the need for relocation by around two years, as it’s a cost-effective way of utilising overhead space.
Takeaway tip: Building upwards helps keep both you and your staff in your building for much longer.

3 Lighten up
With factory and warehouse floors being constantly abuzz, your employees probably aren’t lacking in things to do while they’re on them. They may, however, hunger after something else: natural light. While trying to filter the bright stuff into the whole place can be a financially-prohibitive undertaking, your employees will appreciate you providing somewhere light and bright for them to take their breaks. Access to daylight was found to be the third most important factor in a good working environment in a recent survey by the UK Design Council, so if you want to retain your best people, it’s worth setting up the break room on the periphery or mezzanine level of the building, where you can add windows or skylights.
Takeaway tip: Building upwards helps keep both you and your staff in your building for much longer.

4 Go outside
There’s another advantage to not being surrounded by those expensive cafes out there in industrial land: you probably have a bit of space surrounding you. Cash it in by creating an outdoor ‘break out’ area for your employees, via a deck of even just a series of picnic tables and umbrellas set up on the grass outside. This is a cheap, but just as employee-appreciated way of providing a place to get away from the hustle of the factory floor.
Takeaway tip: Turn isolation into an advantage by creating an outdoor area urban office dwellers would kill for.

5 Get portable
Not every company has the roof height for a mezzanine floor, or the space to construct a lunchroom on the ground one. Or, you may be planning on moving soon, so building anything permanent doesn’t make sense. In this case, bringing in a portable lunchroom to park adjacent to your building could be the way to go. They’re not all like the depressing, prefab lunchrooms of old. In fact, lunchrooms such as this one are so appealing you may have to drag your employees back to work.
Takeaway tip: Save money on renovations pre-relocation by bringing in a prefab room.