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5 Reasons Why Employees Should Have an Outdoor Break Area

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5 Reasons Why Employees Should Have an Outdoor Break Area

Companies are increasingly investing in outdoor break areas for their employees. Outdoor breaks bolster the moods and energy levels of the workforce because of the natural lighting, fresh air, and change in scenery. These short outdoor breaks also provide a much-needed distraction from sedentary desk jobs. It can also be an effective way to improve employee morale and increase productivity. It can also be a great way to encourage coworker social interaction, team building, and a productive environment.

1. Improve Employee Mood and Productivity

The outdoor break areas used in business are usually patios or verandas. These are located near windows, so natural light can filter in to provide a sense of well-being and joy. You can also choose to add relaxing greenery or plants, like ferns. Additionally, as your employees exit the atmosphere-controlled office space, they benefit by breathing fresh air that provides a mental boost.

2. Increase Employee Self Esteem

Your employees will be happy to see that others can have a break. Offering enough space for an outdoor break area can help employees feel valued and appreciated. Employees will also be happy to see their coworkers having an outdoor break area, which can boost morale for those working in a more casual environment. Hence it enables them to bond together even more.

3. Encourage Better Worker-Employee Relationships

Instead of all employees going out of their way to go to the break area, it can create a more open environment where employees can talk to each other casually, leading to better communication. In addition, staff members separated from their coworkers by buildings or congestion may be less likely to feel comfortable with or trust those who work on the same floor.

4. Improve the Organization of the Staff

The organization of the staff can be improved by having a break area where employees can congregate and talk about work-related issues. The work environment can be better managed when employees have an outdoor break area, making it easier for supervisors to keep track of them. Employees also feel more trusted and respected when their coworkers are allowed to go out for breaks.

5. Enhance Employee Morale

Employee morale will be boosted because they will enjoy having the time to go outside and breathe fresh air. In addition, an outdoor break area may encourage employees to make positive lifestyle changes, such as exercising more often or doing other activities that can lead to a healthier lifestyle. An outdoor break area can also give employees room to decompress after a stressful day at work, especially if it has good views of standing water or foliage.

The value of an outdoor break area has been proven repeatedly, and employees will appreciate the opportunity to spend time outside having a break. These areas are also great for team building because coworkers can talk about their work more casually when they are in a less formal setting. The business world is now more mobile, and more companies can provide employees with an outdoor break area.

Jacob Maslow is a Columnist at Disrupt Magazine. Based in the Middle East, he specializes in Journalism. He is the founder and editor of several news sites including Legal Scoops and Streetwise Journal.

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