Best of Office Weekly Round Up: Awesome Break Rooms

Staying glued to your desk all day is boring (and not especially healthy), so the break room is a great place to get a stretch, relax those bloodshot eyes, and de-stress. But what is there to do in the break room? Grab a cup of coffee? Hunt for the last pack of snacks on the shelf? Make awkward small talk to your coworkers about the weather, but that’s about it. Most offices don’t have the liveliest of places where employees can hang out, but don’t say that to the guys in this week’s roundup! We found these awesome break rooms for those much needed breaks. Let’s see how other companies play as hard as they work.

Come on, just one more game. First to 10.

Come on, just one more game. First to 10.

If you ever find yourself in the quaint city of Des Moines, Iowa, see if you can squeeze some time to play a quick game of foosball with the employees over at Principal Financial Group (PFG). The company has an employee clubhouse where you can play air hockey, pinball, arcade games, catch up on reading, you name it!

Are those cookie crumbs I see? Where’s Jim!?

Are those cookie crumbs I see? Where’s Jim!?

The Merchandise Mart shows that you can have a break room that looks stylish and something out of a Swedish interior design catalog. The simplicity and bright colors here all make the space a bona fide head-turner, but we’d hate to be the ones to spill/break/do anything messy in here. Everyone will know. Maybe that’s why it looks so clean?

Loving this natural light.

Loving this natural light.

Boston-based Bain & Company found that the old layout of their offices was designed in a way that made it difficult to talk to their fellow coworkers. So what did they do? They redesigned their offices with a newer, open floor plan that is much more intimate and lets employees interact with each other.

Don’t like feeling lonely when working? Apply for a position here.

Don’t like feeling lonely when working? Apply for a position here.

The team at Lithium, based in San Francisco, works in one huge open space that promotes collaboration and open communication. Introverts need not apply.

This is pretty. Oh so pretty.

This is pretty. Oh so pretty.

At Hyves, employees like to sit and eat with each other much like how they used to sit with their friends in High School. But unlike those years, even the nerds get to sit at the same table.

Enter the break room like an eight-year-old.

Enter the break room like an eight-year-old.

At Google, being relaxed is not a game. Employment here is competitive, but so is who gets to go down the slide first!

Ping Pong legends are made here.

Ping-pong legends are made here.

Dreamhost’s offices in California are all about bright colors and open spaces. The break room here has a Ping-pong table where you can face off in matches to determine who has to finish up that balance spreadsheet today.

If you like cabins, you'll feel at home here.

If you like cabins, you’ll feel at home here.

This break room reminds us more of a home in the woods than a workplace. We can’t imagine anything that can make you feel more comfortable, aside from coming to work in pajamas.

These break rooms all have one common trait: they’re fun. Having fun opens you up to so many things, and the best part? It’s contagious. Have you guys ever seen any extraordinary break rooms that blow these ones away?