It may take a little planning to put your office or factory together in such a way that your employees can grab a bite to eat or take a break together. However, having engaged employees with strong connections is a great way to build morale and boost productivity. Other amenities you can incorporate include a break room with plenty of seating, opportunities for fun and fitness as a team, and the chance to take meals together.

If you don't have easy access to local restaurants close to your facility, a quality vending machine service is critical. An eight hour day is a long stretch even with a full lunch break, so be sure to incorporate access to healthy snacks and beverages on-site. Break away from the soda and candy bar fare to offer juice, flavored waters, and fresh fruits and veggies in your machines. This will help your employees make healthy choices and reduce the afternoon sugar crash.

Gathering Area
Everybody needs a space to relax and connect. As possible arrange break areas in centrally located areas, where people from different departments can connect. Additionally, if your facility has limited air conditioning such as is found in many manufacturing plants, be sure to provide workers with a place to cool off and enjoy a cool drink of water, juice or soda before returning to work. As possible, arrange these spaces near restrooms so people can clean up when coming off the shop floor before taking their break.

Quiet Area
Just as people need a space to connect, they also need a chance to enjoy a little quiet and solitude. If your facility includes cubicles and offices, dedicate a space where cubicle workers can go to close a door and make a phone call or just enjoy a little quiet time to calm down or relax. You don't need to provide a lot of amenities; just a private spot to go and close the door for a moment of calm. Post a sign that warns others that the room is occupied and will be available soon so everyone gets a chance for a bit of privacy.

Depending on your business, your employees may spend a lot of time at their desks. As possible, encourage breaks away from those chairs so your employees can move around and get a little exercise. Consider sponsoring a walking group a few days a week. If the weather is too warm to make a lunch time walk comfortable, provide employees some flex so they can take an outdoor break in the morning. Your employees will enjoy an energy boost and gain health benefits.

Break Area
Provide all employees with access to a break area. In addition to vending machines, consider adding microwaves, a refrigerator, and seating for dining and socializing. Other amenities include paper plates and bowls, plasticware and napkins. This space can be an ideal place to post notices, awards and general business communications as well as any regulatory postings you need to make. As employees make more use of a designated break area, you can encourage socializing by sponsoring pot luck lunches and dedicated breaks during crunch times.

Final Thoughts
Some experts say that one of the best ways to build employee loyalty is to foster friendships amongst your employees, because employees with one good friend in the organization tend to remain with that employer. Your investment in the people who work for your business can be strengthened with simple adjustments to make room for fun, food, fitness activities, and socializing.

Author's Bio: 

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.