Benefits of Stocking Up Your Breakroom


Finding it hard to stay energized and productive at work? Feeling tired and overworked? Breakrooms are meant to encourage a physical and mental break from a stressful workday. Stocking up your breakroom can help boost you and your coworkers’ performance in the long run. Here’s how:

 Fosters Healthy and Happy Employees 

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Stocking up the breakroom encourages mental breaks when you and your co-workers feel stressed out. Whole foods such as fruit and vegetables help nourish your body by providing the natural fuels it needs to take on the workday. Studies have revealed that people who maintain healthier eating habits are less likely to suffer from mood disorders and depression in the long run.

Boosts Morale and Productivity

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The foods we eat have a large impact on our productivity. When you eat food, your body converts it into glucose, your brain’s largest source of energy; the fuel you burn over the course of the day. You’ve likely experienced a slump at work where you were hungry and were less productive- this was likely because you didn’t have enough energy to power you through the day. Having the extra boost of food energy helps increase your mood and overall performance.

Encourages A Strong Workplace Culturefood fist Most office employees spend more time alone at their desk during the day than with coworkers. Stocking up the breakroom empowers employees to come together to converse and brainstorm with people they may not have otherwise. In the long-run, building a strong company culture fosters innovation and new ideas, creating a strong competitive advantage.

A well-stocked breakroom helps create an environment where you and your coworkers will feel refreshed, energized and ready to take on any workday.

De-Cluttering Your Office


Research shows physical clutter damages your ability to focus and limits your brain’s ability to process information.

In order to make the year of 2014 a successful one, it’s important to start it off right. This means optimizing your workplace environment by removing clutter, and therefore stress, while boosting productivity through habits of organization.

It is so easy to become buried in paperwork, despite living in the era of the “paperless office.” One of the most important steps in de-cluttering your office is creating a file organization system. Here are three file organization tips:

1. Create a Daily Document System

Try labeling several folders at your desk by day of the week so you know what has to get done and filed away each day.

2. Designate a Filing Cabinet for Regular Files

Have a designated spot for important documents, and get into the habit of putting files away immediately, rather than allowing them to collect on your desk.

3. Keep Only What You Need at Arm’s Length

Store past client documents or any files you will not be continuously referring to throughout the year in an office file storage area.

For more tips on office organization, see the infographic below.

How Your Posture Affects Work Performance and Well-Being


“Rona, how can you work like that?” Marsha asks, peering into my office.

“What do you mean?” I just tidied my office last week so it can’t be the usual clutter she is referring to.

“Sitting at the edge of your chair like that, all hunched over to read the screen.”

I sit back and straighten up. She’s right. The neck cramps were just starting to kick in. “Ah, bad habit,” I reply.

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She smiles at me sympathetically. “May I come in?”

“Sure, of course.” I wave her in. It’s not like I was having a productive morning anyway.

“I’ve been doing some research on office ergonomics,” Marsha begins. “I learned body posture has a significant impact on quality of work.”

Makes sense. I nod, encouraging her to continue. Marsha always comes up with these great ideas for improving our workplace. I wonder what she has up her sleeve this time.

“The most important solution is to take short breaks every 30 minutes,” she continues.

“Did Andy put you up to this?” I joke. It sounds like a classic Andy move – finding any excuse to get out of a full day of work.

“I know it sounds a bit crazy, but getting away from your desk periodically can actually improve productivity,” Marsha explains. “And that’s not all. There are also a number of products that are designed to improve your health when sitting at a desk all day.”

She sets this month’s Office Plus flyer on my desk and turns to page 2.
“See these Footrests?” She asks. “There’s also the Fellowes Mesh Backrest and Adjustable Keyboard Tray,” she says, pointing to each product.

I nod, feeling the pressure in my back begin to subside just thinking about it.

“This is what you need,” Marsha says, pointing to the Corner Monitor Riser. “It elevates your monitor to eye level. So no more hunching.”

“Marsha, this is fantastic. Let’s make an order and get all employees on the same page here.”

A wide grin spreads across Marsha’s cheeks. “I’m on it!” She says, hurrying out the door in excitement.

I look back at my computer screen, adjusting my chair to the proper height and pulling my shoulders back in efforts to fix my posture. It’s hard to do without the proper furniture and supplies.

Alright, 30 minutes until my next break, I smile to myself. Better make them productive.