You have started a business because you believe in what you do. Your employees have got on board because they have bought into your vision. Incentives in the workplace are a great way to keep them motivated to achieve company goals, and studies show complimentary refreshments are a valuable benefit
So, what do you look for? What kind of refreshments could you offer and how should you offer them? You need a solution that fits both their needs and yours. Employees need refreshments when they want them, whilst you as an employer need a facility that’s cost-effective but still does its job of keeping your team happy.
What is a Micro Market?
You may have seen us shout about our Express Refreshments Micro Market, whether that be on social media or elsewhere. That’s because we’re passionate about what it is and how it can benefit the modern workplace.
We’ll keep this concise as we believe our webpages do the best job in explaining what the Micro Market is, but if you think of it as a convenience store in the heart of your workplace then you won’t be far wrong.
The Micro Market is designed to be tailored to your requirements and available space, before delivering a variety of refreshments including fresh food, snacks, and hot and cold drinks 24 hours a day.
It is totally unmanned, with CCTV for peace of mind, and payment is made using a cashless, self-service terminal. We design, create, and maintain your Micro Market for you. Click here for further information.
How does the Micro Market work for my employees?
A quick dive into a few key statistics regarding refreshments in the workplace will help to lay the foundations for this section.
You see, Nespresso have found that refreshments are a valuable benefit for today’s workforce. 64% of staff said that access to fresh fruit would improve their day, 63% agreed high-quality coffee is a necessity, whilst just over 60% agreed that a broad range of snacks would be nice.
And the Micro Market can deliver it all. Never before has a workplace refreshment solution been quite so personal or flexible. From fresh bean coffee to fresh food, we ensure your Micro Market is very much YOUR facility. We can even accommodate dietary requirements and lifestyle choices.
The more traditional alternative to this facility is of course contract catering or the canteen, but they’re outdated to say the least. Contract catering was left behind in the pre-Covid world and doesn’t consider flexible working. Will your contract caterers be able to accommodate shift patterns?
You also must think about the effects of the pandemic on mental wellbeing. The Micro Market doesn’t require people to rush for their dinner all at once, so they can keep their distance from colleagues with zero need for interaction. Minimal shared touch points and pre-packaged products add to the appeal.
On the subject of mental wellbeing, the Micro Market can also double up as a shared space that encourages break times and social interaction. Refreshments here are just the start and the possibilities are endless. You could implement seating areas, equipped with sofas and TVs for example.
As employee wellness takes priority in this modern world, we have already helped businesses overhaul their wasted space for the benefit of their teams. Click here to see what is possible with your own Micro Market project.
Covid-19 has emphasised that staff aren’t robots or machines. Productivity is needed of course, but it can only be achieved if staff are comfortable in their workplace. The Micro Market is a futuristic refreshment solution that ticks all the boxes for what employees want.
How does the Micro Market work for me as an employer?
As a respected employer you of course want what is best for your employees, those that represent you and your business. But you also need it to work for that very business.
We’re not going to say that the Micro Market is the cheapest on-site refreshment facility you could go for, but it could prove to the most cost-effective especially compared to similar alternatives such as contract catering.
The Micro Market can work for almost any business, though we recommend sites with over 60 staff. If you fall into this category, then there is a very good chance that the Micro Market could end up saving you money. And that’s before you consider the extra benefits.
Now more than ever, you’re busy. The economy is slowly getting back up and running and you’re working hard to progress your company. The beauty of the Micro Market is that despite being advanced, flexible, and hugely imposing, it’s also largely hassle-free.
After designing and developing your solution, we take care of all maintenance and replenishment. We utilise central management systems to monitor stock levels in real time, so we know exactly which products need stocking up. We also offer alternative items from time to time so you can try something new.
You won’t need to call us or chase us because everything happens automatically.
Replenishment is carried out by one or two of our operating team. This is a far cry from the masses of external people that flood your premises each day for contract catering, such as cashiers and chefs. It’s quieter, more peaceful, and less intrusive, leaving you to get on with your day.
You don’t need to employ anyone to manage your Micro Market, either, as it is totally unmanned.
What you’re left with is a refreshment solution that works for everyone’s requirements. Your team are fed and refreshed on demand, improving morale and in turn making them more motivated and productive.
And that could be your biggest benefit of all.
Contact our team today and join a long line of businesses who are already experiencing the advantages of the Micro Market.