$40,000 prize package will transform a company’s breakroom into a
welcoming, collaborative hub for employees
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 1, 2016--
Whether you work at a concrete plant, engineering firm or healthcare
provider, the U.S. workforce shares at least one commonality: the need
to take a break and recharge during the workday. Recognizing the appeal
of office breaks for their own workplace, almost 3,000 businesses
pleaded their case to Staples Business Advantage, the
business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., as part of the company’s
“Ultimate Breakroom Makeover” contest, and today five finalists were
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The employees at Braun Northwest – a manufacturer of emergency vehicles – have an interior designer turned procurement manager with creative ideas in mind for their breakroom – which currently “could be confused with a prison facility.” The company would fulfill its vision with a new paint job, better lighting and matching seating. (Photo: Business Wire)
Beginning today through July 16, the public will vote to determine the
grand prize winner at https://staplesadvantage.com/ultimatebreakroom,
to be announced in early August. The grand prize winner will receive a
$40,000 prize package which includes access to Staples Business
Advantage’s assortment of breakroom
solutions – encompassing coffee options, healthy snacks, office
furniture, cleaning solutions, appliances and flat screen televisions,
as well as services for layout design and implementation to bring the
facelift vision to life.
“The breakroom should be an inviting place that encourages employees to
recharge, de-stress or engage – especially considering that more than
two-thirds of workers work more than 40 hours a week, according to the Staples
Business Advantage Workplace Index,” said Kerry Anne Carter, vice
president, Staples Business Advantage. “Employers are tempting employees
to look elsewhere when they devalue their break time.”
The five companies hoping for a breakroom facelift include: Braun
Northwest, Inc., Chehalis, WA: The
employees at Braun Northwest – a manufacturer of emergency vehicles –
have an interior designer turned procurement manager with creative
ideas in mind for their breakroom – which currently “could be confused
with a prison facility.” The company would fulfill its vision with a
new paint job, better lighting and matching seating.
Reed, Inc., Hanover, PA: Manufacturing company C.H. Reed, Inc.
submitted a “Kitchen Fantasy” poem, whimsically describing its current
breakroom, which is anything but a fantasy. Employees would like a
restoration with new appliances and a warm, welcoming appearance.
Pipe and Precast, LLC, Jessup, MD: Employees often eat lunch in
their cars because there’s no usable space to take a break. The
company envisions a creatively designed breakroom where employees can
escape their dust-filled work environment and watch television, play
video games and refuel with a meal or snack.
House, Strongsville, OH: Employees at Kemper House have rewarding,
yet high-stress responsibilities caring for older adults with memory
impairments. They foresee a “mini spa” relaxation zone with
comfortable chairs, brighter paint colors and healthy snacks.
Engineering Associates, P.C., Mineola, NY: This provider of
mechanical and electrical engineering services has a breakroom that
discourages lingering, with no chairs and a sink that “looks like
someone poured acid in it.” Staff would love new cabinetry, counters
and sink, along with a beautiful tile backsplash.
Visitors to the finalists gallery can cast a vote for their favorite
entry once per day and they themselves will be entered to win one of ten
Voter Sweepstakes prizes. Voters must be 18 or older to vote. Voting
ends July 16th at 5:00 p.m. ET. For Official Rules, visit https://www.staplesbreakroomcontest.com/rules.php.
About Staples, Inc.
Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make
more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded
business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price
offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want
- in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com
customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free
from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded
services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store
Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying,
scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service
Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business
lending and credit services.
Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples,
Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make
more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services
combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service,
competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples
Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses
need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and
maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture,
interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of
Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America,
Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples
(NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.
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Source: Staples, Inc.
Mark Cautela, 508-253-3832