Vending machines may be different things to different people in the workplace. For employers, it’s another way of injecting money into the business and a means to keep employees motivated and on-site. For employees, vending machines are a cost-effective and time-saving option when it comes to buying foods and other office supplies.
Visiting customers are also not left out. They see vending machines as another way of getting an array of foods and drinks on a budget. The truth is that vending machines have changed the office culture. Largely, the changes have been positive. But still, there are a few habits promoted by vending machines that are cause for concern.
Positive Office Culture
On a positive note, the emergence of office vending machines has seen some impressive lifestyle changes and habits being introduced into the office environment. Here are the most notable ones:
- Self-Service Norm
Every investor always looks for ways that they can reduce overhead costs. Vending machines, actually, provide them with this option. These machines are automated and thus employees serve themselves. Basically, there are no labor costs. All the owner has to do is restock the machine and wait to come to collect cash at the end of the day. For employees, they just need cash or credit cards to buy what they want. Self-service, basically, has become a norm.
- A Free Market
Vending machines can practically dispense anything. From fresh fruits and fruit blends to cereals and protein concentrates, a vending machine can dispense them all. For employees, this kind of freedom allows them to enjoy what they like in the workplace. For employers, this freedom allows them to sell food supplies that they are passionate about. The final decision, however, belongs to the staff.
- Staff Motivation
The presence of food vending machines in the office gives employees the impression that the employer values and appreciates them. Additionally, the freedom to buy whatever they want at a subsidized price motivates them. They become really happy at work. As you know, a happy employee will always give the best. In the long run, office productivity improves. Actually, we are seeing employers investing in vending machines solely for staff motivation.
- Office Networking
A lot of times, even workers in the same office can’t get time to talk about non-job matters. Nonetheless, vending machines are changing the communication landscape in the office. They provide employees with an opportunity to network during their free time. For those employees who are afraid of expressing themselves during work hours, they become aware of the freedom when they go to serve themselves at the vending machines.
- Corporate Wellness
These days, vending machines are not the junk hub they used to be years back. They are now stocked with healthy foods that employees appreciate. From coffee and water to cereals and fruits, employees can buy them from office vending machines. This has seen corporate wellness improve significantly in most offices. We are seeing employees now learning to consume healthy meals and locking out junks at the workplace.
- No Bargaining, No Credit
From an investor’s standing, this is really impressive. Employees don’t have to bargain for food prices since they are predetermined and fixed. Unless they have the money needed, they can’t buy from the dispensers. Additionally, employees can’t buy on credit. This has seen losses at the workplace related to food vending reduce significantly. No bargaining, no credit has become a formidable office culture.
- A 24/7 Market
An office vending machine can run as long as the office is opened. So, if there’s always someone in the office, then they are guaranteed access to the food dispensers. Simply, they can walk to the machine to buy whatever foods they want. This has seen the emergence of a consumer employee community that is not time-sensitive. Considering that vending machines run 24/7, employees can buy from the machines anytime they feel like.
- A Time-Saving Working Community
Employees are really funny when offered the opportunity to go out to look for food. A majority of them will waste valuable office hours during their breaks trying to find what to buy. However, having vending machines within reach means that they have to stay around. In the long run, office hours are saved. Employees use salvaged hours to engage in productive office duties.