2 September 2019
How important is it to have an Office Breakout Space? Many of us are accustomed to the idea of the office being a stuffy, corporate environment with micro-managers watching over our every move. Many offices are still inhabited by mostly sedentary job roles behind a computer screen, with little opportunity to move about, or rather, nowhere to move to. Not only does this sound uncomfortable, but it is also violating standard health and safety regulations. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) points out the requirements set out in Regulation 4 of the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992.
In the words of the guidance provided for this regulation, “in most tasks, natural breaks or pauses occur as a consequence of the inherent organisation of the work. Whenever possible, jobs at display screens should be designed to consist of a mix of screen-based and non-screen-based work to prevent fatigue and to vary visual and mental demands.”
Responsible organisations are ones that comply with regulations and care for the well-being of their staff. With this in mind, introducing breakout spaces where isn’t one or optimising where there is, is vital for employee health and safety.