When was the last time you took a well-deserved break at work to have a mid-day cup of coffee, enjoy a snack or socialize with your colleagues? Or, when was the last time you held a meeting in your cafeteria or breakroom? If you can’t remember, Staples Business Advantage wants to turn your breakroom back into a workplace destination with the launch of its Ultimate Breakroom Makeover contest.
All U.S. businesses with at least 10 employees are eligible to make their case for why they need and deserve the chance to win a breakroom makeover valued at $40,000. The need is clear, as 45 per cent of employees eat lunch at their desk and nearly 40 per cent indicate that an open and collaborative environment leads to a positive work culture, according to the Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index. Employers can turn the breakroom into a dual-purpose zone, creating a place to recharge and a work space away from desks and conference rooms.
“Taking a break in the always-on modern workplace can seem like a pipe dream, but it shouldn’t be. Having a pleasant, well-stocked office breakroom can have a tangible impact on business results,” says Kerry Anne Carter, vice-president of Staples Business Advantage. “Sixty-one per cent of employees say taking a break would increase their productivity. A simple way for organizations to boost productivity is to provide an inviting area to socialize, unwind and collaborate.”
Do you feel strongly that your office breakroom is deserving of a makeover? If so, submit your entry at https://staplesadvantage.com/ultimatebreakroom and access the official rules.
Entrants must submit a short essay by June 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EDT to state their case and indicate what features they’d like to see in their revamped breakroom. A panel of judges will select finalists based on the following criteria:
- Originality and creativity of desired, revamped features
- Most deserving of a makeover
- Productivity boosts included in the submission
- Suitability for promotional purposes
The five entries with the highest scores will be posted online on July 1, 2016, where the public will vote to help determine the grand prize winner of the Ultimate Breakroom Makeover, who will be announced in early August.
The grand prize winner will have access to Staples Business Advantage’s assortment of breakroom solutions, encompassing coffee options, healthy snacks, office furniture, cleaning solutions, low-maintenance appliances and flatscreen TVs, as well as services for layout design and implementation to bring the facelift vision to life.