There has been a lot of talk about the modern workplace in recent months. As employees head back to their natural working environment, and with more to follow, there is a lot of expectation surrounding how it will have to adapt.
A lot of the expected changes are naturally based around health, safety and hygiene. CEO’s and leaders have a duty to make their teams feel comfortable in the workplace.
Express Refreshments has explored this further and found that the Micro Market could be a great choice if you’re looking for a meaningful employee perk that still delivers peace of mind.
To summarise the Micro Market, it is your very own self-service convenience store in the heart of your workplace.
A variety of refreshments including freshly prepared food, healthier snacks and coffee shop quality beverages are available 24/7 in an unmanned design that we design, create and manage for you. It can be as little or as large as you want or need it to be and it’s completely personal to you.
Workplace refreshments are a key tool to help improve the morale and wellbeing of the workforce and the Micro Market delivers the future of the traditional canteen today.
For larger workplaces, the Micro Market may be the most-cost effective solution for you. For all workplaces, it’s certainly one of the most hygienic.
And that is what will arguably mean more to businesses as Covid-19 continues to sweep our world. Moving forward, even after the pandemic, health, safety and hygiene will continue to be at the forefront of people’s minds. You must ensure your team feel safe and comfortable to come into work.
Let’s explore the expected changes of the modern workplace in a post-Covid world, and how the Micro Market can help you implement them.
Flexible and remote working.
This is undoubtedly the biggest change from the last 12 months. And the workplace must adapt.
Flexible and remote working was already steadily increasing even prior to Covid-19. From 2010 to 2020, those working from home at least once a week rose by an incredible 400%! And from a survey carried out in 2019, 99% of workers would prefer to operate remotely for the rest of their careers.
You would imagine that this demand has only heightened since Covid-19.
That doesn’t mean to say that the workplace won’t remain an essential element of our working lives, even if it’s responsibility will diminish. It will still remain a hub for social interaction and face to face team meetings, which makes the Micro Market a great option.
To our knowledge, the Micro Market is the only workplace refreshment solution that is open and available 24 hours a day with no responsibility to “manage” it like you would with a traditional canteen.
That makes it available whenever your staff are in. You may look to stagger shift patterns to reduce the number of employees on site at once, but the Micro Market’s open-door policy will remain around the clock.
Changes in your working environment and available space.
This is another change that has come about in the wake of Covid-19. It has actually been forced for some businesses, who perhaps cannot afford to retain their usual premises.
We touched on it above, but the Micro Market is an advanced on-site refreshment solution that is totally personal to you. We design and create it to suit your requirements and it can be as small or as grand as you like. This means the Micro Market can work for almost all businesses in almost all locations.
We also shared an article on the appeal of the Micro Market for serviced offices. There was 2.9 million square feet of available space in 2017 and this will only have grown further since.
As more businesses look to downsize into serviced offices, owners of these locations must ensure their location stands apart from the competition because they are now in extremely high demand. Tea and coffee making facilities have always been expected facilities in serviced offices, but the Micro Market can really make yours stand out.
It’s a great facility to help both attract and retain star talent. Best of all, it could work out the most cost-effective solution.
Workplace wellbeing takes a different route.
We have always understood the importance of workplace wellbeing. The Micro Market was developed as a way to provide more for your team. But as health, safety and hygiene force their way into any wellbeing initiatives, it’s reassuring to know the Micro Market can deliver peace of mind.
As you welcome your team back to their natural working environment, you must understand that it won’t be a simple transition. Employees may still have fears or concerns. You have a duty to emphasise that your workplace is a safe environment.
The Micro Market provides high-quality refreshments in a Covid-safe manner.
Social distancing and one-way systems are expected to be mainstream in the modern workplace. The Micro Market makes it easy to implement a one-way system, whilst 24/7 availability means your team can stagger their break times accordingly.
It’s also self-service, so no need to come into contact with a cashier.
Pre-packaged items only increase reassurance and cashless payments eliminate the need to expose yourself to the germs that lie on coins and notes. Currency was in fact found to be a shocking Covid hotspot.
Whilst the Micro Market is great to sit down and relax with colleagues, it’s grab-and-go nature ensures your staff can head back to the comfort and safety of their own desks if they prefer.
A fantastic, Covid-compliant solution.
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