Studies have shown that taking a short break from working at your desk actually raises productivity and gets employees collaborating with each other more. This is because the change in activity helps to refocus your attention on the task in hand.
So by providing an office breakout area, you’re not only giving your staff members the opportunity to get away from the computer and stretch their legs, you’re also helping them to be more productive!
The Health & Safety Executive guidance on screen breaks is that “short, frequent breaks are more satisfactory than occasional, longer breaks: e.g. a 5-10 minute break after 50-60 minutes’ continuous screen and/or keyboard work is likely to be better than a 15-minute break every 2 hours.” They also advise that, “if possible, breaks should be taken away from the screen”.