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Pick of the Week - Workspace

Posted by Janice Simonsen on July 09, 2012

This week’s pick is KShearer’s relaxing company break room.

Sometimes, you just need to escape your work day, if only just for a few moments. Short breaks make a huge difference in productivity and in reducing mental and physical fatigue. In fact, has this to say about the many benefits of taking several 5-15 minute breaks throughout the day.

Small breaks throughout the work day can result in:

1. Increased productivity and efficiency - you will actually get more done at work if you take breaks than if you take none at all.

2. Lowered blood pressure - the Mayo clinic recommends taking breaks for deep-breathing exercises.

3. Reduced stress - studies show that just a few minutes away from your computer significantly lowers stress, which will make your immune system happy.

4. Decreased chance of getting heart disease - work stress has been linked to heart disease, and taking frequent breaks alleviates stress.

5. Increased energy levels - some studies indicate that a short cat nap or walk around the block is more effective than a shot of espresso.

6. Reduced chance of getting Repetitive Stress Syndrome - the more often you allow yourself to get up and stretch, the less likely you are to get carpal or worse.

7. Reduced eye strain - give your eyes something else to focus on besides your computer screen.

Obviously, there’s a lot to be gained by periodically getting up from the desk, and Kshearer’s employees are lucky to have a spot designed specifically for this purpose. What I like about this space is that it’s relaxing, but also adaptable.

The compact FUSION table and chairs are great space savers and provide a comfortable spot for a cup of coffee or to enjoy a lunch from home. The blackboard on the side wall is a clever idea, since inspiration often comes while casually chatting with colleagues. I can imagine small, casual meetings being held in one of these cozy spots.

The EXPEDIT shelving unit is a good choice for storing reference or leisure reading materials. I like it because it can easily be converted into a room divider, should the need arise.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a true break room without a special spot for all things coffee. The HEMNES side table not only provides a spot for the coffee makers, but also for coffee, filters and condiments in the shelves underneath. The GRUNDTAL rail system creates an efficient way to store additional cups and supplies.

I feel more relaxed and productive already! Well done, Kshearer!


CATEGORIES: expedit, fusion, grundtal, hemnes, kshearer, pick of the week, workspace

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