Items to Keep on Hand for Restocking the Breakroom

Items to Keep on Hand for Restocking the Breakroom

Now that businesses feel safe to begin opening back up again and workers have the option to return to the office, they’re likely expecting the office to be the same as when they left – with some changes for health and safety obviously.

Your employees are likely looking forward to returning to an office culture that allows them to easily interact with their coworkers and enjoy the familiar office culture they probably missed.

Part of that office culture is likely the breakroom, where everyone has the chance to relax and socialize with one another over coffee and snacks before getting back to work.

For you, that means it’s important to be on top of restocking the breakroom when supplies get low, meaning you need to have that supplies on hand at all times.

From plates to cups, to cream and sugar, make sure you have everything that they will expect to be waiting for them.

Plates, Cups, and Utensils

No one likes lugging their own utensils to and from work. Especially after they become dirty from eating lunch.

Other people may not have the utensils they need if they ordered their lunch and had it delivered, or went out to grab it themselves.

That’s why it’s important to keep the breakroom stocked with both cutlery and plates for your employees to use while they eat.

Having these items ready in the breakroom also means that your employees know where a ready source of napkins are should there be any messes to clean up, such as spilled water bottles, ink from pens or the printer, or any other sort of mess that would need immediate attention.

An upside to this is also the fact that whenever there are office celebrations, you’ll have the supplies on hand to provide food during the festivities.

Surprises for employees are much easier to pull off if they’re not suspicious about why plates, cups, forks, and napkins are suddenly in the breakroom.

Products for Cleaning and Organizing

A byproduct of the breakroom being a popular hangout spot for employees taking a break is the fact that it will likely get dirty fast.

People can be messy, and they don’t always clean up after themselves. Just think, over the course of the day how many people come and go in there, eating lunch, grabbing coffee, snacking, and simply sipping cold drinks.

The evidence of it will quickly build up if not attended to properly, leaving your office with a messy breakroom that no one will want to deal with.

That is why it is best to have cleaning supplies such as trash bags, spray cleaner, and disinfecting wipes on hand. It’s also a good idea to have dish detergent and paper towels nearby to clean dirty dishes and coffee mugs.

Whether you ask your employees to clean up after themselves, assign the job to specific people, or hiring a cleaning crew to come in and deal with the mess, it’s a good idea to have the supplies ready and waiting for whoever takes up the task of cleaning up.

Tea and Coffee

Undoubtedly, your employees will love the opportunity for a boost of caffeine when they come into work or find themselves fighting that afternoon slump.

A good cup of coffee or tea can be just the pick-me-up they need to get through some of the more major hurdles of the day and keep them working productively.

The kind of coffee or tea you offer can make a difference. Instead of K-cups or already ground beans, which can lose some of the flavor and kick your employees might be relying on, why not go instead for something like a 2 lb bag whole bean Colombian coffee?

This way they can have the freshest of coffee when they need it, and it gives them a chance to mentally take a break and focus on making their coffee while they brew it.

This way they have a chance for a full reset before they sit down and get back to work, which can be just what a person needs after a rough morning or a hectic week.

Water and Drinks

Throughout the hot summer and the dry winter, keep your team hydrated with a variety of bottled waters, an array of juices, and some high-octane energy drinks.

Depending on the season, you may even think about offering season-appropriate drinks, such as lemonade in the summer and cocoa in the winter.


Finally, store a few quick snacks in the breakroom for a quick recharge. A few boxes of cookies or crackers, or a bowl of peppermints and other hard candies, maybe just the thing to keep a tired mind focused on work.

In conclusion, having a fully stocked breakroom leads to happier employees, which, in turn, makes motivated workers. So, keep your cupboards full and you may see an immediate improvement in morale.

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