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Breakroom Essentials

Your employees work hard. Setting up and maintaining a clean, well–equipped breakroom is one way to thank them for a job well done.

Free food

Free food Keep energy levels high. Consider putting out snacks, such as fresh fruit, microwave popcorn, pretzels, cookies, candy, and granola bars.


Beverages Is your day ruined unless you enjoy a hot cup of coffee in the morning? It could be the same for your employees. Provide hot coffee and tea throughout the day, as well as bottles of cold water or access to a water cooler. If your budget allows, also offer cold sodas, juices, and other beverages. Don't forget the cups!


Refrigerator Many people bring their own lunches. You'll need a refrigerator to keep their meals cool.


Microwave You'll also need a microwave so employees may heat up their food. Depending on the number of employees, you may need several microwaves.

Paper products and utensils

Paper products and utensils Keep a good supply of paper towels and napkins on–hand and out, so employees can quickly and easily clean up messes and spills. Employees will also appreciate bins of plastic forks, knives, and spoons, so they don't have to bring utensils from home.

Tables and chairs

Tables and chairs Encourage your employees to get away from their desks during lunch and breaks. Set up comfortable tables and chairs. Consider picnic–style tables that could be moved outside during good weather.

Cleaning supplies

Cleaning supplies Your employees won't enjoy the breakroom unless it's clean. Mop the floor, empty the trash, wipe off the tables, and clean out the sink at the end of everyday or more frequently if needed. Clean out the refrigerator at least once a week.

Garbage bins and bags

Garbage bins and bags There's nothing more unappealing than overflowing, piled–up garbage bins. Don't forget to set up recycling bins as well for cans, plastics, glass, and paper. (Learn more about setting up an office recycling program.)

Motivational posters

Motivational posters Rally your employees with inspirational office art on important topics like attitude, imagination, leadership, priorities, and healthy work habits.

Post it

Post it Install bulletin boards. Post all company updates, published articles about your company, any changes in federal or state labor laws, and upcoming local events.

First aid kit

First aid kit You never know when someone may get cut or have a pounding headache. Be prepared. Plus, don't forget to hang the workplace safety posters required by state law.


Television Help your employees keep up with what's going on in the world. If you're afraid that a television will cause long lunches or become too noisy, establish a company policy regarding the television. For example, decide the television can only be on from 12 to 2 when most people take lunch. As for the volume, post a sign asking that people not adjust it, as your office is a place of business.

Office audio

Office audio Installing an office audio system will jazz up your breakroom with some relaxing music or high–energy, upbeat tunes.

Magazine racks

Magazine racks Putting out trade publications is a great way to encourage your staff to keep up with new trends within your industry.

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