Make a community at work
Make room for conversating at work
In every workplace there should always be a room or place to the side where the staff can go to grab a coffee, chat and take a break. This area can look very different depending on the size of the room and the furnishing. What’s most important is that there is room for strengthening work relations and getting to know your co-workers better, even during work hours.
A meeting place for the staff doesn’t have to be more remarkable than it sounds. Two chairs and a table could suffice, if the business is smaller. It doesn’t have to be a room on its own. As long as the staff has a place to go where they can relax and speak with colleagues without disturbing or being disturbed by those still working. A screened off area in a larger room or a corner could work just as fine!
The lunchroom can be utilised for so much more than simply a dining room, for example. It can be a place to take breaks and exchange conversation. If there is space left, put in a couch or a few armchairs for those who wish to truly unwind. Choose hard-wearing materials fitted to the environment and many hours of sitting. Wood, laminate or Synthetic leather are both practical and hygienic alternatives. Don’t forget the coffee table so you have somewhere to put the coffee cup.
Vary the furnishing
No matter the size of the room or corner, the meeting place should offer a multitude of seating options. Many people who sit down while they work like to stand up when taking a break. Mixing low and high tables could therefore be a good idea, simply offering the choice to stand or sit down. Think about making the area flexible as well. Furniture fitted with wheels or of light weight make it possible to rearrange depending on the occasion and number of people. More seats can easily be arranged and placed closer together during days when the staff are fewer. It ensures an inviting feeling every time.
Utilise the outdoors
When the sun peaks from behind the clouds and warmer seasons are near, an outdoor spot is usually very appreciated. It can be worth investing in a lounge group that not just encourages people to go outside but also talk and spend time together. Outdoor tables with benches are a popular and weatherproof alternative for rough workwear, and better designed for eating as well.