Employee engagement and culture is the most important issue facing businesses globally. Get it right, and you will attract and retain great staff who are productive and innovative, leading to success and profitability. Get it wrong, and well, you know…
The numbers are undeniable. Gallup’s 2017 employee engagement survey states that engaged employees have:
While there are many different strategies and ideas for how to create a healthy workplace culture and get staff more engaged, they’re mostly major projects with big price tags that can be a little daunting for businesses that aren’t Google. Thankfully there’s one affordable solution that seems almost too easy and too good to be true, and it’s as simple as stocking up your workplace kitchen.
In a 2016 study by research firm, Leesman, 155,000 office staff in Europe were polled on what were the most important physical factors for wellbeing and creativity in the workplace. The answers weren’t basketball courts and pinball machines or other quirky perks. What people want most, third only to a good quality desk and chair, was “tea, coffee and other refreshment facilities". This ranked higher than computer equipment and internet! Likewise, in a Fractl survey of US workers, free snacks and coffee were among the perks job seekers favoured when choosing between a high-paying job and a lower-paying job with benefits.
These results are not surprising when you think about how food makes you feel. We share meals with people we love, we eat to celebrate and we reward ourselves with guilty indulgences. Food equals pleasure, but it also fills an important physiological need for fuel. When we’re hungry we get irritable and distracted and find it hard to focus on our work. We’ve all experienced the 3pm slump when our blood-sugar levels have dropped and everything comes to a grinding halt until we’ve refueled.
Providing snacks in the workplace does 7 important things that work to produce greater employee engagement and a healthy workplace culture:
Smart businesses have shown that you don’t need a budget like the big boys to build a great workplace culture. A small investment in some kitchen appliances and a regular order of popular beverages and snacks will indicate to staff that you care about their needs and comforts, which can be particularly critical to the increasing number of Millennials entering the workforce. This small outlay can ultimately have a great return on investment through employee engagement and workplace culture. Get started today by adding these favourites to your business supplies order
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