You arrive downtown after your daily morning commute via BART and Muni. The 10-minute walk through crowded San Francisco sidewalks provides time to devise your morning schedule. But you walk into the office at 7:45 a.m., fire up the laptop, and immediately see an email calling for an 8 a.m. meeting. The departmental meeting is at 10:30 a.m., followed by the company-wide Monday morning meeting at 11:30 a.m.
A cup of joe in the morning is about as American as apple pie and the statistics back that up. A 2018 study by the National Coffee Association found that 64% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee everyday. Most, however, do not indulge in those expensive cafes that seem to be on every street corner in 2019. Most of the 3,000 people surveyed (79%) said they brewed their coffee at home before work.
Sleeping on the job has long been consider a taboo, fireable offense. But as workforce demographics and technology have changed in the 21st century, so have attitudes about napping at the office.
Time is money in the business world. Every moment your office is in flux due to an impending or actual move from one space to another is lowering profit margins and productivity. Relocating an office is a multifaceted process that not only involves the physical movement of furniture and equipment, but also potential reorganization and adjustments to keep employees happy.
Linus Van Pelt of the Peanuts once said that there are three things you never talk about at the dinner table: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin. Granted Linus was saying its best to not ruffle feathers when family travels from long distances for holidays. But this general maxim holds true in the office as well. Keep your opinions about the President, Congress, and other political figures to yourself. Office politics, however, are inevitably going to be part of your daily routines.
The office break room is one spot in the office made for getting away from work. As an employer, it important to create a warm space for employees to re-energize between long working streaks. Workers who take regular breaks during their shift are more likely to sustain a productive workflow throughout the day.
Your employees are the backbone of the business. They deserve the best you can give them. Sure they want the usual additions—salary, benefits, etc., but it’s the creature comforts that make a workplace feel more comfortable.