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Does the Road To Higher Productivity Lead Through the Break Room?

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Thinking about ditching the free snacks in the break room to save a few bucks? Think twice, because your break room might just lead to a productivity boom.

A full 57% of employees in a new Staples Advantage survey say their productivity improves when the break room is brimming in snack time goodness. Nearly three-fourths (73%) say the break room makes them happier to be at work. The boss likes us enough to buy us snacks! Awww.

The most interesting finding revolves around employees' feeling about the break room itself. A full 72% see it as a social outlet, a place to hold impromptu meetings, a stress release, and a change of scenery. A pleasant break room makes employees feel better, and if employees feel better they work better, right? Plus, a well-stocked break room keeps employees right where employers want them: In the office instead of down the street standing in line at the deli or the coffee shop.

So stock up on some yummy chips and fruit, buy the good coffee beans, and watch your spreadsheet numbers perk up. Who knows? Those Funyuns might actually lead to fun, or at least to a slightly higher tolerance for drab fluorescent lighting. Now if only someone would clean out the company refrigerator and stop stealing your lunches, right?

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