The Office Vending Machine Benefits

Posted on Mar 3 2010 - 6:01pm by Peter Millikin

The coffee and tea rota is common in many offices throughout the country as a way of sharing the job of making tea or coffee for staff. However, this can result in unnecessary arguments and hassle as many of us have experienced. One way to resolve this is for businesses to invest in vending machines to supply staff drinks. Here we look at the reason why vending machines are a popular choice for many offices in the UK.

Choosing the right vending machine

Choosing the right vending machine is dependant upon how the business feels about drink quality, efficiency and cost. Cost is obviously the biggest decision that will determine whether a vending machine will be successful in the workplace. Cost per cup guides and length of contract provide a starting point but there are also other factors to consider before making a final decision.

Each working day, employees leave the office for at least 15 minutes to purchase hot beverages or refreshments. Yet research has shown that a quality vending machine would make them less likely to leave the workplace and would be a visible daily benefit at work.

Just think about how much time is spent by people waiting for the kettle to boil and making tea and coffee and washing up. A recent survey by Tetley Tea suggests the average time taken to make a cup of tea is 4 minutes and 27 seconds. Tea consumption rate averaged at 3 cups per day. Over the period of a year, this accumulates to considerable amount of time lost. The advantage of a vending machine is that it dispenses a drink in less than 20 seconds.

A vending machine requires no need to buy milk, cleaning products and wash up dirty mugs. All it requires is a contract with a company who will look after the machine for you, service it and stock it.

A variety of hot and cold drinks to choose from

With a vending machine you often get a variety of hot and cold drinks to chose from. An office will typically have people with differing tastes. Some prefer hot chocolate whilst others prefer herbal teas.
The facts are undeniable. Quality refreshments at work increase employee satisfaction and drive greater productivity. Installing a vending machine will result in the following benefits:

•    Employees Feeling Valued – when refreshments are available, employees feel their needs are recognized and respected, leading to increased satisfaction and productivity.

•    Total Workplace Satisfaction – an extensive variety of the most popular brands of refreshments, state-of-the-art snack and beverage vending machines, commercial coffee makers and special promotions throughout the year gives energy to any workplace.

•    Conveying the Right Image – the ideal breakroom and meeting-room environment for customers and employees leads to better relationships, higher retention and increased revenue potential.
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Article Source: Author: MarkeD

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