A staff canteen is a key part of the modern workplace. It is a place where employees can go to wind down either alone or with colleagues, over a tea or coffee or bite to eat. A staff canteen can be an effective wellbeing initiative and absolutely classes as an employee perk.
Right now, these are more important than ever so it’s important to identify areas where you can offer more. Coinadrink Limited the vending machine company can enhance your staff canteen with higher-quality facilities, such as a tabletop coffee machine or snack machine.
The stats behind a staff canteen.
The Coronavirus pandemic may have dampened the desire to both have and use a staff canteen but make no mistake that this remains a very popular facility in the UK workplace.
A workplace report found that they are more popular in larger workplaces. From those surveyed, more than 50% of sites with over 100 staff said that they had a canteen. This percentage rocketed to 83% for those sites whose staff volume was over 500.
This shows there is still a place for this kind of facility in the right kind of environments. It also suggests that staff canteens need to simply be adapted rather than discarded of in this new, modern world.
What does your staff canteen offer?
When you think of a staff canteen you naturally think of food and drink. This could be delivered in the form of contract catering or perhaps something as simple as a kettle and toaster.
Having established that the staff canteen is a crucial part of the workplace (65% of people agree that breakout areas are important), could yours offer even more for your team? Your employees are the heartbeat of your business and the perks you offer could make or break staff retention.
You’d be approaching it wrong if you didn’t consider the impact of the pandemic and how this will affect the mindset and behaviour of your team. The last 18 months have emphasised health, safety, and hygiene. This is as much psychological as physical.
Talk to your team about the kind of facilities that would work for them. Are they concerned about shared touch points? Would a dedicated one-way system work for them?
We may be striving for some “normality” now moving forward but that doesn’t mean we can’t still consider any fears and concerns.
Enhance, or overhaul, your staff canteen.
High-quality tea and coffee at work are very much in demand to the point where it has created a unique workplace coffee culture.
81% of people from a separate survey said that luxury coffee at work is important to them. Elsewhere, 80% of respondents said that they find out more about what is going on at work over a cup of tea than any other way.
Your very own coffee or floorstanding hot drinks machine isn’t only a way to upgrade the kettle, it’s also quicker, more convenient, and much more hygienic. Coffee style drinks menus include fresh bean espresso or latte, with stunning designs and all the latest payment methods. They offer minimal shared touch points with contactless options also available.
We also have you covered with food with our high-tech snack and fresh food machines.
As we established above, a staff canteen is usually experienced in larger workplaces. In that case, you may find our Express Refreshments Micro Market to offer a more cost-effective solution if you need more than just vending.
The Micro Market is your very own refreshment hub that works like a convenience store at work, offering fresh food, snacks, drinks and more around the clock. Rather than enhance what you already have, the Micro Market can instead replace your canteen and save you money in the process.
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