If your workplace has a café, it’s probably a popular meeting space. Throughout the day, you may commonly hear people head to the café for meetings, lunch or a quick visit with a friend. The workplace café environment encourages collaboration and innovation among teammates in several ways.
The change of scenery, from desk to café stool, can refresh a perspective, awaken creativity and renew our energy. Incorporating artwork or windows looking onto green space gives staff a much needed break from their screens.
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We all work better when we’re well fed, hydrated and caffeinated. Cafés are the heart of the office, just as kitchens are the heart of the home. Employees will flock to this space if there are enticing places to sit, not to mention snacks and coffee. As more people gather here, more relationships will be created and greater collaboration may ensue.
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Cafés Encourage Interaction
Cafés in the workplace are a place for chance encounters with colleagues from different departments. Often a conversation around the coffee urn turns into a camaraderie-building lunch or a meeting about a work issue.
Café Seating Offers Choice
The variety of café seating allows employees to choose sitting, standing or reclining postures. It also offers both public and private space.
The café space at VMware’s Dallas office includes café stools, café chairs and booth seating. Employees can choose the openness of a table and side chair, inviting others to stop and chat, or a more private booth setting, sending the message that a meeting is taking place.
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