8 Benefits of a vending machine in the workplace
1st October 2019
Installing a vending machine into your workplace provides benefits for your business and your people. They boost productivity and have the advantage of being easy to manage. It’s no wonder that many businesses find that vending machines are an ideal solution to support workplace satisfaction.
Most organisations want a vending machine that isn't just convenient for their staff and consumers but is convenient for their business too. One of the major advantages of supplying vending machines rather than round the clock canteens, is they are less of a burden on facilities budgets and site space. But vending machines are helpful in other ways too…
1. Low overheads
Vending machines require no staff, which means no extra wages to pay. It also means you don’t have to pay any other of the other costs associated with employing staff. Based on average UK salaries, businesses can save as much as £30k a year by using a vending solution, rather than fully staffing a canteen.
Then, you need to consider the cost of running a canteen. Vending machines, despite being able to run 24 hours a day, only use a small amount of electricity to run. Altogether, this means lower overheads for your organisation.
2. Vending machines are easy to manage
Once installed, a vending machine needs little to no maintenance. Particularly when you adopt an ‘operated’ vending model, ensuring your shelves are regularly refilled with the best-sellers. Payment options are becoming more streamlined with solutions including contactless payment and Apple pay, making it even easier to grab a snack on the go.
If you use a managed vending service, the task of filling and looking after your machine is unburdened. You can rest assured that it’s being taken care of by a professional team, with insight into what people in your demographic really want to eat and drink.
3. Keeps staff onsite
Options for onsite food and drink means your staff can stay in the workplace. This helps you maintain your duty of care and ensures optimum productivity. If your business is located far from the shops, vending machines provide an essential service to your workers.
Keeping your staff onsite also provides you with more opportunities to engage them in lunchtime activities that can help boost morale and employee engagement. When travelling for food is reduced to zero, your staff have more time to relax, socialise and recharge. And better employee engagement leads to 26% better profitability.
4. Vending machines can make money
Vending machine activity is very dependable. Partner this with their low overheads and you may find that your vending machine is a useful revenue stream. You must also consider the savings you make on not having to run a canteen or provide snacks and drinks yourself.
5. Fed employees = happy employees
We all love food. It’s one of life’s great pleasures, as well as being essential fuel for hard workers. Having easy access to food and drink makes your employees feel happy and engaged. They feel like they are well looked after.
And they work their best when they know that you care about their wellbeing. With access to a vending machine, they’re able to re-energise and recharge which means happier and more productive workers.
6. Help support their lifestyle goals
Your vending machine should be stocked with the foods your staff want. This includes chocolate, crisps and sweet drinks for those deserving a treat. But, it can also include a range of healthy options for those who are focused on maintaining a responsible and balanced diet.
More millennials in the workplace results in an increase in the number of health-conscious employees. You can support their needs by offering healthy snacks conveniently. This means they’re less likely to stress over snacking, because snacks are available that are appealing to them.
Promoting a healthy workplace is a vital element of company culture. Many prospective employees consider a healthy workplace as a positive thing. People enjoy working in environments that feel personal to them.
7. Vending machines help people optimise their lives
It can take up to 6 minutes to get a coffee at the coffee shop. This doesn’t include the time it takes to leave your desk and get over there. The result is a loss of precious hours that your staff could be spending getting work done. Grabbing a latte from your coffee vending machine can take as little as 20 seconds!
Vending machines can help you optimise your life and make your working day much more productive. They also serve as gathering points, so you can socialise and relax while you stretch your legs. Micro-breaks like this can improve your staff’s productivity more than you might think…
8. Work smarter, not harder
Vending machines give you the flexibility to work in a way that suits you best. Canteens with strict serving times can restrict productivity. They can disrupt meetings, break the creative flow and waste valuable lunch break time journeying to and from.
With food and drink available at a moment’s notice, 24 hours a day, your staff can build their day around their personal needs.
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