According to recent reports, pandemic burnout is becoming a big problem in the workplace. More and more employees are struggling with anxiety, stress and fatigue due to the ongoing Covid-19 and an increased workload.
Coinadrink has long understood the importance of creating a safe and positive working environment. After all, we will spend an average of 7 hours a day here, even if many of us are working from home more at the moment.
We take a look at what you can do to transform your workplace for the benefit of your team, by showing you care for their wellbeing during this uncertain time.
What is the pandemic burnout at work?
The Coronavirus pandemic is like nothing many of us will have experienced before. The uncertainty surrounding the virus has us all afraid or at the very least concerned about our contact with people, products and services.
We can go out of our way to avoid certain situations but trying to avoid the workplace can be impossible depending on your company and job role.
And those that are having to continue “as normal” are feeling the strain.
Recent studies have found that it is UK workers who are the most affected by the current unprecedented situation, with over 60% of those surveyed saying that they have struggled with their mental health in the past 12 months.
This has led a lot of us into what’s known as “psychological hibernation”, causing poor concentration and memory, and high levels of fatigue.
Exactly what causes this psychological hibernation will undoubtedly depend on the individual. We are all different after all. But with a perhaps increased workload due to colleagues being furloughed or working from home, this along with the natural health and safety concerns makes it understandable to say the least.
So, as an employer or someone of high authority in the workplace, how can you help your team during this time?
How can you fight back against pandemic burnout?
Employers are faced with a situation that is rather delicate. You see, you have a duty to the wellbeing of your employees, not to mention the need for them to get results for your business.
But your business is nothing without your team. And the wellbeing incentives you offer – or don’t offer – your team now may leave a lasting reputation on your company culture.
“There is a virtue in work and a virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.”
Alan Cohen’s famous quote indeed carries a lot of weight. The simple solution to an overworked, exhausted workforce is to encourage more frequent break times. At the very least, you should be promoting a more meaningful rest, even if it’s for just 5 minutes every now and again across the day.
It may seem counterproductive, but the opposite is actually true. Those who are engaged with their colleagues are 38% more productive than those who aren’t.
It’s clear then that taking regular breaks with colleagues is an excellent starting point if you want to keep your team happy and productive. Workplace relationships are vital now more than ever.
They encourage staff to talk about their problems, relax and take their mind off their daily duties.
But how can you deliver a break time that safely follows the correct social distancing protocols and one that keeps your team safe?
Vending machine services that deliver everything you need from the modern day break time.
It is thought that as we take the all-important steps towards a post-Covid world, vending could have a big role to play. Especially as the buys nature of retail may see that sector regress.
Vending, despite appearances, has always been driven by technological developments. The addition of screens to provide product information, plus cashless and even contactless technology has been around long before Covid but is well placed for the future world.
Product scope is another factor that plays a part in the change to retail by vending and the industry is seeing significant leaps in demand for products alongside confectionery and cold drinks.
Coinadrink’s hot drinks machines for example, deliver fresh bean coffee and fresh lead tea. This may make consumers less inclined to head off site to the coffee shop.
And as vending machines are stocked by one highly qualified cleaning and maintenance worker at a time, it significantly decreases the spread of infection.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have also introduced a collection of contactless coffee machines and water dispensers to our flexible vending machine range.
Whilst traditional vending and coffee machines have always been a more hygienic solution than the kettle due to minimal touch points and less need to congregate around the equipment thanks to fast dispense times, contactless vending machines eliminate all shared touch points for those businesses that require added peace of mind.
Did you know that a recent study from Nespresso found that nearly half of 2000 respondents said a vending machine would be a fantastic employee benefit?
Or upgrade to the Micro Market!
The Micro Market delivers genuine vending innovation for larger businesses with over 50 staff. It’s your very own self-service convenience store at work, delivering benefits that make it the future of the workplace canteen.
Like the canteen, the Micro Market delivers a collection of refreshments including hot and cold drinks, fresh food and snacks from one handy location. Unlike a canteen, it is far more hygienic, flexible and cost-effective.
The big difference is that the Micro Market uses modern day technology and security so that you don’t need to employ anyone to assume day to day control. It is entirely unmanned. This means refreshments are available 24/7, ideal if you operate shift patterns or require less staff to be on site at once in relation to Covid protocols.
The grand open design, that’s tailored to your space available, makes it easy to social distance, while all products are pre-packaged for that vital layer of protection. This means you can browse all items at your leisure, safely. Payments are then made using a cashless, self-service terminal.
We design, create and maintain your Micro Market for you. Just like our vending machine services, just one operator will head onto your premises for maintenance and replenishment, reducing the risk of cross contamination.
Contact us to help fight pandemic burnout.
A vending machine or Micro Market is an excellent employee perk that shows you care for the happiness of your team. Vending services are convenient, hygienic and hassle-free, promoting a relaxing break time around high-quality products.
Contact us today to see how our services can work for your business.
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