Creating a kitchen space in your office may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re looking to refurbish or fit out a workspace. However, having a kitchen space can help reinforce those work-life balances and can become an addition that provides more than just a place to make a cup of tea.
Having a quality kitchen in your workspace really can make all the difference. Here are some of the top benefits of having a kitchen space in your office.
When was the last time you took a break from looking at a screen, albeit a computer or smartphone? The HSE’s official advice is that you should take breaks from looking at screens regularly. It’s suggested that short but frequent breaks are more beneficial than longer, infrequent breaks.
The 20-20-20 rule presents the idea that for every 20 minutes you spend looking at a screen, you should then spend 20 seconds looking at something that is 20 feet away to reduce strain on your eyes.
Having a kitchen space in your office gives employees a chance to take time away from their desks and the more appealing that space is, the more likely they are to follow this guidance and ultimately protect themselves against screen-related health headaches or strain. Something as simple as getting a glass of water can give employees that all-important rest bite from screens.
Much like having a break from screen time, it can be beneficial to dedicate a few moments during the day to relax at work. It can be easy to slip into bad habits and work long hours with little thought outside of the task you’re focusing on. Taking the time to rest every now and then can improve your productivity in the long run.
Research has shown that the most productive people are those that work for approximately 50 minutes and then take breaks up to 15-20 minutes long.
By taking the time to relax in a separate room or space, you allow yourself to explore other thoughts and you may even suddenly see new solutions to problems. Coming back into your workspace after some downtime may even help you see things from a fresh perspective.
At McFeggan Brown we are experts at creating break-out spaces that are perfect for relaxing in while working seamlessly with kitchen spaces and appliances. Take a look at our case studies to see our stunning break-out designs.
A vital part of building a strong office culture within teams is achieved through socialising and strengthening professional relationships.
One huge benefit of having kitchen space is using it as the heart of your office. Here you can bond over a boiling kettle or some homemade treats. Having this safe space to chat casually and get to know your colleagues can reinforce the feeling of belonging within your company and help people feel valued.
This may be an obvious benefit, but having a kitchen space in your office can help with eating and drinking well.
Having a place to store healthy snacks and lunches can discourage those trips to coffee shops and encourage more nutritious options. It’s also just as important to remember to stay hydrated! We can source the perfect appliances to encourage employees to drink plenty of water.
A dedicated section to eat and drink is also much more hygienic than eating lunch at your desk!
If you’re unsure whether you will benefit from a kitchen space in your office, think of it from a different point of view. Not only do you gain a space to eat, socialise and relax, but you also gain a space that is multi-functional and can meet other needs as they arise.
For example, kitchen space can be a great place to hold an impromptu meeting if other meetings spaces are unavailable. They’re both clean and comfortable.
If you’re considering adding kitchen space to your office, we can help create options that work for your needs and budget. Get in touch with us today!