Brookhaven Employees’ Recreation Association (BERA)

Welcome to BERA
Brookhaven Employees’ Recreation Association

BNL Facilities are not open to the Public!

Notice: All Gym Weight Room memberships will now be sold
through the BERA Store in 488 as of Monday, January 15th. The BERA Store is
open Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. Name, Life Number and email is required
information, and check or exact cash is preferred.

Further information about the Club, free orientation, and
hours can be found here: Gym

QOL/BERA/Recreations programs are currently suspended, including the
gymnasium, gym, pool, fitness classes, BERA Spring Break Camp, all BERA Club
Activities, the BERA Store, Hospitality Coffee and Play Group, and the ASAP
Lounge until further notice. ESOL Classes will continue for those with site
access and will follow protocols for social distancing.

Perks & Benefits Flyer


BERA is administered by the Quality of Life/BERA/Recreation Office, located in
Bldg. 400. BERA oversees the many clubs and organizations, and assists in the
administration of the overall program and the use of available recreational
facilities on-site. See a
complete list of BERA

BERA members are BNL employees and retirees of BNL or the Brookhaven Area
Office of the U.S. Department of Energy. Contractors are not permitted to
bring guests. (contractors include NOAA, TFCU, Cafeteria, etc.) You are a BERA
member when you receive your photo ID badge and life number. Tours of all
facilities may also be arranged by calling the Recreation office at 344-2873.

If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, please contact
Christine Carter at 631-344-5090, or send an email to
Renee Warno

Recreation Staff

Recreation Supervisor
x5090  FAX: x2940
Sue Dwyer Recreation Representative x3496 or x2873
Ralph Garappolo Recreation Representative x3147

Lost & Found
x2873 or Building 400 – QOL/BERA
Recreation Office

All Lab extensions are prefaced by (631) 344-xxxx

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Last Modified: March 16, 2020

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You Need a Real Vacation (And So Do Your Employees)

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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Vacations are important. Done right, they can lead to fresh perspectives, creative insights and reduced stress levels. There’s a strong case to be made that taking the time to unplug is not only beneficial for our mental and physical health, but may boost the health of our careers as well.

Unfortunately, according to a new survey by rate-your-company startup Glassdoor, most of us aren’t taking very many of them.

The survey found that the average U.S. employee only took 51 percent of their eligible vacation/paid time off in the last year. Fifteen percent didn’t take off any time at all, while a mere 25 percent of employees reported using all of their allocated vacation days. And even when we’re on vacation, the survey revealed, most of us don’t unplug: Sixty-one percent of employees who took time off admit that they did some work while out of the office.

It’s important for CEOs and managers to encourage employees to use their vacation days, says Scott Dobroski, a senior manager at Glassdoor. “Vacation helps employees avoid burnout,” he says. “Taking time off can make them both more productive and more satisfied when they return to work, which translates into higher retention rates that can save a company thousands of dollars.”

Those in senior positions should lead by example, recommends Dobroski. If a CEO is not taking any paid time off – or if she goes on “vacation” but is still accessible 24/7 – she is making a clear statement about how employees should treat their own vacation time.

And that’s a shame, because there are real benefits from taking a vacation that’s actually a vacation. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “When you go on vacation, your routine is interrupted; the places you go and the new people you meet can inspire you in unexpected ways.”

Here are five more reasons why you and your employees should unplug:

To empower and motivate employees. Leaving the office for a week or two forces you to shift major responsibilities to your employees. “I have found that when entrepreneurs empower their staff, they are more productive when their boss is gone,” says Brian Miller, the chief operating officer of AdviCoach, a provider of business coaching to small companies. To instill confidence in your employees (and for your own peace of mind), begin delegating tasks while you’re still in the office. That way, be it sales calls or stocking inventory, employees learn the ropes before they fly solo. Read More: 5 Steps to a Stress Free Summer Vacation

To get inspired. Richard Branson is a strong proponent of getting away from it all. “The places you go and the new people you meet can inspire you in unexpected ways,” he writes. “As an entrepreneur or business leader, if you didn’t come back from your vacation with some ideas about how to shake things up, it’s time to consider making some changes.”