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8 Necessities Successful Companies Provide In Their Break Rooms

8 Necessities Successful Companies Provide In Their Break Rooms

A business’s break room can be an important part of employee productivity, especially if your employees are coached to work smarter and take lots of breaks.

Too many break rooms are small, dingy, have one tiny microwave that no one has ever cleaned out, and serve only coffee from a vending machine. Who wants to spend time in such a place? Up to two-thirds of workers either skip lunch or eat it at their desk, completely boycotting their company break room. So give your employees a break in the break room with these ideas:

1. Free coffee and tea

Wouldn’t it be great be able to sit down in a comfortable break room with a good cup of coffee, or a good cup of green tea? Tea varieties can range from Green tea to the more adventurous Chaga tea and each have some incredible health benefits. In fact, many varieties of both coffee and tea are valuable business productivity aids, especially during a transitional weather month like March.

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Many businesses already offer free coffee and tea in their break rooms. Not only does this send a very clear message to employees that their wants are recognized, but it also saves time by eliminating the interminable haggling and calculating that occurs when the employees have to pitch in and buy coffee and tea themselves for the break room. Anyone who has participated in that knows what a morale dampener it can be.

2. Sturdy, sound lunch tables

Trying to eat on a wobbly table is pretty funny – when it’s happening to another person. Don’t forget to have comfortable chairs to go along with the tables. Employees expect good chairs at their desks, so why not at the lunch table?

3. Soothing color scheme

Make a complete break with the rest of your office decor in the break room. Use a soothing color scheme, one that is noticeably different from your office area. That way employees can feel a definite change of pace, almost like walking out of the building.

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4. Stress-relieving games

This will help to relieve stress, plus it can help build a spirit of teamwork amongst employees when they take a few minutes to play a game of Foosball.

5. Interesting or useful decor

Along with the color scheme, make sure the break room is an interesting place in and of itself. A few green plants will perk it up at very little expense. Break rooms are a good place (and in some states, they are the legally mandated place) to put up rules about employee conduct and worker’s compensation, but don’t let it stop there. Put up some colorful posters and invite employees to bring their children’s artwork to display on a specially designated section of one of the walls. This will help to make the break room feel like a comfortable and more personal space.

6. Healthy snacks

Whether you offer them free of charge or put them in a vending machine is up to you; just make sure you are offering more than sugary carbonated drinks, salty chips, and candy bars. There are a variety of healthy office snacks, from nuts to popcorn, which can be conveniently supplied to your break room.

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7. A news source

We live in an information age, and if you don’t provide some kind of legitimate news source for your employees in the break room they are simply going to use their mobile devices at their desks to find out what’s going on in the world when they should be working. If your business can afford it, have a television or two installed, restricted to a sports or news channel. At the very least, have some up-to-date newspapers available in the break room.

8. Paper goods and supplies

Your break room should be user-friendly, meaning that employees will want to have birthday, going-away, and holiday parties in the break room, not at some bar down the street after work. Provide plastic cutlery and paper plates and cups so that all the employees have to do is provide the cake and ice cream (and make sure you keep plenty of dish soap on hand by the sink so the dirty dishes never pile up.)

Above all else, ask your employees what they would like to see in their break room—if employee retention is important to you. Remember, the average employee only stays at his or her job 4.4 years. You can increase that number with a better break room experience. As Kathryn Minshew says, “Understanding your employee’s perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness.”

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Last Updated on March 12, 2019

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

20 Inspiring Vision Statement Examples (2019 Updated)

There is normally a lengthy list of things you need to consider when starting a business, and if you don’t manage them properly, your excitement can quickly turn into overwhelm. What can support you to stay inspired and on the right track when starting out? You guessed it: this is your vision statement.

What Is a Vision Statement?

A vision statement is like a photograph of your future business, which gives your business shape and direction.

A vision statement provides the direction and describes what the founder wants the organization to achieve in the future; it’s more about the “what” of a business. It is different from a mission statement, which describes the purpose of an organization and more about the “how” of a business.

If you were to take a photo of your future business now, what would it look like? What do you want your business to be recognized for one day?

You need to have a crystal clear vision when you start out, otherwise you can get easily lost in deciding the best way forward. When you are making strategic decisions for your business and even daily operation decisions, your vision statement will give you the inspiration and targeted direction you need.

The Importance of a Vision Statement

Without a vision statement, your business will lack motivation to keep going.

If you don’t aim for anything, you might not hit anything. The more specific and clear you are, the better your chances are at seeing your vision turn into reality.

The importance of a vision statement cannot be overlooked; not only does it provide long term direction and guidance, but it also gives you the inspiration and the necessary energy to keep going when you feel lost.

Always keep your vision statement alive by revisiting it regularly and communicating your vision with other members of the team, to inspire and motivate them as well.

How to Craft an Inspiring Vision Statement

1. Dream big and use clear language

An inspiring vision statement should inform a clear direction and priorities for the organization, while challenging all the team members to grow together. Based on our expert sources’ advice, we’ve got some great tips for you:

  • Imagine how you want the business to be like in five to ten years.
  • Infuse the business’ values in the statement.
  • Make sure that the statement is implying a clear focus for the business.
  • Write your vision statement in the present tense.
  • Use clear and concise language.
  • Ensure the statement is easily understood.

There are many different types of vision statements and there is no wrong or right way to do it. The most important thing is to resonate with it. It will always inspire you and give you a clear targeted direction.

2. Get inspirations from the successful companies.

Having researched on a number of successful companies’ vision statements, I’ve shortlisted 20 good examples for the new startups:

Short vision statements made up of a few words only:

1. Disney

To make people happy.

2. Oxfam

A just world without poverty.

3. Ikea

To create a better every day life for the many people.

Quantitative statements are based on numbers, quantities:

4. Microsoft

Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

    5. Nike

    Bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world. (*If you have a body, you are an athlete.)

      Qualitative statements are based on qualities that you want to have:

      6. Ford

      People working together as a lean, global enterprise to make people’s lives better through automotive and mobility leadership.

      7. Avon

      To be the company that best understands and satisfies the product, service and self-fulfillment needs of women—globally.

      Competitor based statements – this type is becoming less common, but famous examples are:

      8. Honda – in 1970

      We will destroy Yamaha.

      9. Nike – in 1960s

      Crush Adidas.

        10. Philip Morris – in 1950s

        Knock off RJR as the number one tobacco  company in the world.

        Role Model Vision Statements – using another company as an example:

        11. Stanford University – in the past

        To become the Harvard of the West.

        12. Reach for Success – in the past

        To become the next Tony Robbins in self development.

        Internal Transformations vision statements:

        13. Apple

        To produce high-quality, low cost, easy to use products that incorporate high technology for the individual.

        14. Giro Sport Design

        To make sure that riding is the best part of a great life.

        15. Tesla

        To accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

        16. Sony

        To be a company that inspires and fulfills your curiosity.

        17. Facebook

        To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

          Longer and more detailed vision statement:

          18. Walmart

          To give customers a wide assortment of their favorite products, Every Day Low Prices, guaranteed satisfaction, friendly service, convenient hours (24 hours, 7 days a week) and a great online shopping experience.

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          19. Coca Cola

          To achieve sustainable growth, we have established a vision with clear goals:

          Profit: Maximizing return to share owners while being mindful of our overall responsibilities.

          People: Being a great place to work where people are inspired to be the best they can be.

          Portfolio: Bringing to the world a portfolio of beverage brands that anticipate and satisfy peoples; desires and needs.

          Partners: Nurturing a winning network of partners and building mutual loyalty.

          Planet: Being a responsible global citizen that makes a difference.

            20. Heinz

            Our VISION, quite simply, is to be: “The World’s Premier Food Company, Offering Nutritious, Superior Tasting Foods To People Everywhere.” Being the premier food company does not mean being the biggest but it does mean being the best in terms of consumer value, customer service, employee talent, and consistent and predictable growth.

            The Bottom Line

            Remember, always keep your vision statement up-to-date to direct your company’s actions.

            Remember, once you reach your vision, it needs to be changed. General Motors overtook Ford as #1 automotive company in the world because once Ford’s goal was reached, they never updated it.

            Keep your vision statement alive and visibly in front of you, revisit it and let it help direct your actions and activities. This is the fun part: this is where you get to dream really big and allow your imagination to fly as high as you want.

            Don’t hold back, let your creative juices flow and give yourself permission to explore what is possible for your business.

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            To your success!

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