Vending machines can dispense a variety of items.
In today’s fast-paced environment where people are spending a majority of their time in the office. It’s only logical to offer your employees an easy way to get snacks and drinks. With a snack machine.
A 2017 survey by recruitment site Totaljobs showed that up to a third of UK employees remain at their desk from when they get in in the morning until they leave in the evening. It then goes on to say that while two out of three employees feel encouraged to take their full lunch break, less than half of them actually do.
Not only is this an unhealthy habit, but it also plays a role in destabilising productivity and concentration. Grabbing a quick healthy snack can help to lower stress and anxiety amongst employees.
This post explores some of the advantages of providing snack machines at work.
Advantages of vending machines at work
Convenience: A major advantage of this is the convenience it provides your employees. While some workers may bring in their own lunches, most of them don’t. A vending machine within the office means they can grab a quick snack or drink before returning to work.
Healthier: These machines aren’t just for chocolate bars and fizzy drinks anymore. More and more people are becoming health conscious and looking for snacks and drinks options that meet these needs. As an employer, you can pick and choose (with suggestions from employees of course) what you want in the machines. You could choose to have organic products, gluten-free snacks, low-fat drinks and much more.
Staff Satisfaction and Engagement: Employees are happier and more appreciative when they know that you have their best interest in mind. It’s worth mentioning, you may also notice employees gathering and conversing around the machines. This helps to strengthen relationships around the office which in turn contributes to their satisfaction.
Reduce overheads: An element that makes snack machines so popular is the relatively low costs of maintenance. Vending machines are able to work 24 hours a day so you’ll be saving on the costs associated with hiring an employee that’ll serve the same function.
Easy to implement and maintain: Managed vending machines make for faster installations. In most cases, the service provider will work with you to decide on what to offer your employees. Then all you have to do is sit back and enjoy. You’ do not have to worry about restocking and maintaining as they’ll have all of that covered.
Stay on site: A vending machine in the building means your employees are less likely to go off-site for refreshments. Which means they can get their energy boost without going over their allocated lunchtime.
Your vending machine doesn’t have to be all fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolates. We’ve come a long way since then and offer numerous benefits including convenience, increased productivity and low maintenance costs. If you’re considering investing in a snack machine for your workplace, talk to your staff and take suggestions on items they would like.