Businesses up and down the country are slowly heading back to the workplace. This means it has never been more important to consider the environment your employees will spend a large chunk of their day.
The Micro Market is a self-service convenience store with a design perfect for sites in remote locations. Quality workplace refreshments are available 24 hours a day and all payments are handled using a cashless terminal that is highly intuitive.
The Micro Market has always been a great solution to keep your staff fed and watered. It carries lots of benefits that are too important to ignore, with hygiene, cost and productivity just a few. Here, we revisit them all.
A hygienic refreshment solution.
It goes without saying that staff must feel safe as they begin to return to work. As an employer, it’s your job to provide this reassurance. The hygienic aspect of the Micro Market often gets overlooked in its own wave of benefits, but we feel this is an important place to begin this article.
Unlike a canteen and other similar solutions, the Micro Market is completely unmanned and requires minimal contact points for the user. The fact that it is open and available to use 24 hours a day means it is simple to maintain social distance with other users.
The bespoke design means you can browse at your leisure whilst a colleague is using the cashless payment terminal. 2019 recorded that almost half of purchases less than the value of £10 were made using cash. But with 19 different types of bacteria found on notes and coins, a cashless terminal provides reassurance and peace of mind.
In such unprecedented times for us all, the Micro Market is one of the most hygienic workplace refreshment solutions.
A cost-effective refreshment solution.
68% of staff recently said that their boss investing in their workplace makes them feel valued. Providing workplace refreshments are a great option, but as an employer you need to know you’re getting the most for your money.
Prior to the Micro Market revolution, large sites with a high volume of staff often preferred to go down the contract catering route. This can often be very expensive (around £15 per head, per day!) and working with these kind of companies ties you into a long contract.
The Micro Market cuts the hassle. You can speak to our team for more information on the costs involved, but having a Micro Market will work out as a more cost-effective refreshment solution for your business.
An appealing refreshment solution for staff.
We mentioned that the Micro Market is aimed at sites based in remote locations, where staff haven’t the time to head off site during break. A third of workers actually never leave the workplace until it is time to go home.
The risk then, however, is that your staff won’t take a break at all. The foundations of the Micro Market are based around the wellbeing of the workforce, which is a vital yet undervalued topic.
Healthy employees drive a healthy business, so it’s important to show your workforce that you care for both their health and wellbeing. Not least, this has now become a legal responsibility for the employer.
Lunch, or dinner, is an opportunity to nourish the mental state and surveys show that 65% of staff want break-out areas in their workplace. Your Micro Market acts as a refreshment hub that invites your staff into a zone where they can relax with colleagues. We can even tie it in to a communal area complete with tables and chairs.
“Taking time to move away from the workstation has many proven benefits and can allow workers to return back to work refreshed and reinvigorated for the second half of the day” remarks David Clift, who is head of HR at Total Jobs.
It is always important to provide adequate workplace refreshments on site regardless of where you are located, but especially so if you don’t have refreshments easily accessible away from company premises. And because the Micro Market is open 24 hours a day, it’s the perfect solution for businesses who operate unusual shift patterns.
A healthier refreshment solution.
We all know the importance of healthier eating and indeed more shoppers are purchasing nutritional products for the home to suit. But with the average Brit spending 90,000 hours of their life at work, any healthy initiatives simply must be intertwined with the workplace.
The vast nature of the Micro Market means it can provide a wide variety of products. These include sandwiches, salads, wraps, crisps, confectionery and cold drinks. A large proportion of these workplace refreshments are healthier choices, such as low calorie, sugar and fat options alongside the likes of fruit and salad bowls.
This satisfies the needs of your workforce. Healthier eating is always easier if the options are presented before your eyes and we regularly maintain and replenish your market with new products you’ve either requested or that we think you will enjoy.
This keeps your selection enticing.
A productive refreshment solution.
A satisfied workforce is a productive workforce. They show up every day with passion, purpose, presence and energy.
Whilst we have already established that your employees should be taking regular breaks, the Micro Market can also conform to those who don’t. Whether we like it or not, the fact remains that in the stresses and strains of the modern world we are very much an “on-the-go” society.
This is largely driven by millennials, who will account for 75% of the global workforce by 2030. We simply don’t find the time to take a break and prefer to grab something quick to take back to our workstations. The Micro Market stocks single-serve, individually packaged workplace refreshments that are ideal for those sorts of people.
So, if you don’t want to stop what you’re doing you don’t have to.
An impressionable refreshment solution.
89% of workers at companies that support wellbeing are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work. But the Micro Market is equally as impressive in the eyes of clients, visitors and indeed prospective staff, too.
Shining a positive light on company culture is key: it translates to you being a great business to work with or to work for. Express Refreshments is proud to have unveiled the first UK Micro Market in 2013, but much of our nation is still yet to unearth this hidden gem.
It’s no exaggeration to say it is a revolutionary concept that looks as though it has been cherry picked from the future, but that is what makes it intriguing at the very least. With an innovative design and advanced technology, the Micro Market is guaranteed to get heads turning.
As part of making your market personal to your business, we can even add your corporate branding, colours and logo for a more professional look and feel.
An advanced refreshment solution.
The technology behind our Micro Market is unique to Express Refreshments. This is what enables you to make payment, or how our operators know which products need replenishing.
The terminal takes mobile and contactless payments, but you can also swipe your own card to take the funds from there. Topping up your card, making payments and viewing purchase history can all be done directly from the terminal, which is fast, efficient and easy to use.
Because the system is bespoke to ourselves, we are able to make any changes or improvements on the fly to further enhance your experience. Your market is a convenience store that performs just like one, with real time discounts and offers displayed on the media screens in your market. Workplace refreshments have never been taken so far.
CCTV is available for your peace of mind and we’re also able to see which products are proving popular amongst your staff. This helps us keep on top of replenishment and helps us identify which other products we believe could prove just as popular.
Enjoy workplace refreshments from a better solution.
Your workforce has been away for a long time. Welcome them back to a revolutionised workplace that has been transformed with the wonder that is the Micro Market.
You’ve read all about the benefits. Now it is time to experience them first-hand. As stated, we were the first UK company to introduce the Micro Market, meaning we have acquired the most knowledge in the field.
Contact us today to see how the Micro Market could work for you. Never underestimate the importance of workplace refreshments, and remember that the Micro Market ticks all the right boxes for everything you need and more.
10-11, Maple Leaf Industrial Estate, Bloxwich Ln, Walsall WS2 8TF