With the modern way of working often means spending much more time at our desks, glued to our computer screens, the idea of a breakout space is becoming increasingly attractive to employees. However, why should you, as an employer, create a breakout area in your office fit out?
What is a breakout area?
Whatever the size of your office space, breakout spaces are integral to an energised, creative workplace. Giving employees casual areas to collaborate and brainstorm – or even get a short break from work for an hour or so – is crucial to their productivity and well-being.
Here are the five ideas for breakout spaces
1. Collaborative cubicles
How can a cubicle foster collaboration? You can start by lowering the partitions that separate your employees from each other. You can still conceal sensitive documents or data from prying eyes, while allowing your team to make eye contact, converse, and collaborate on problem-solving without needing a separate meeting space.
This type of low-partition cubical setup primarily works because of its flexibility. If it’s combined with an informal meeting area where larger groups can congregate, that offers even more versatility.
Modern cubicle designs run the gamut from rounded triangles with dividers in the centre, to side-by-side rows with privacy walls in between. Collaborative cubicles may seat two, three, or a large group of employees, depending on what the situation demands. Modular versions offer increased adaptability and can be pushed apart or connected as needed.
2. Multi-level module
What is a multi-level module? These are workstations with different heights.
Modularity and flexibility are becoming increasingly essential workplace considerations in today’s business world. Modular systems are composed of interchangeable parts, including raised flooring, furnishings, and walls.
An option is to use a demountable partition or folding wall to break up one large office into two small ones temporarily.
3. Family rooms
The leather sofas, rocking chairs, and floor lamps look like they were plucked from an eclectic (albeit well-to-do) home, and that’s the idea.
The goal of the family room is to encourage workers to relax and casually interact.
4. Flexible furniture
Flexible types of furniture remove isolation and segmentation in favour of a culturally open and fluid workspace and culture.
You can achieve this by adding various pieces that can come together or separate as needed such as individual seats, sofas, desks, tables, and more.
5. Writable walls
Think writable walls can only be used in schools and meetings? Then think again!
When you’re having a meeting, one thing is sure to come out of it: ideas. So having plenty of space to capture those ideas is one way to make that meeting room a success. During meetings you and your team will undoubtedly have plenty of ideas, that is why it is best to be surrounded by writable walls to record their eureka moment.
Most modern workplaces incorporate one or more communal areas, as well as meeting rooms, unenclosed breakout areas, and casual seating groups. Well-planned layouts and furnishings are essential.