As the age of remote work comes to an end, employees are returning to the office en masse. Whether employers offer a hybrid work arrangement allowing individuals to choose when they come into the office or request that all employees return to in-person work, there is more of a need than ever to design the workplace in a way that makes employees happy to be back. Employee well-being not only creates a more pleasant workplace, but improves employee retention with 55% of workers saying that they would want to stay at their company for ten years or more if they feel their employer cares about their well-being.
One easy yet impactful way to do this is to bring vending machines into the office. Flexible and simple, this practice creates a number of impressive benefits for both the organization and its employees. Read on to learn more about why – and how – you should install vending machines in an office space.
The Benefits of Office Vending Machines
Though they sound like such a simple addition, vending machines make a noticeable difference in the office environment. Here are some of the most exciting advantages of office vending machines.
Improve Employee Experience and Retention
In the age of the Great Resignation in which only 15% of employees are engaged in the workplace, it’s more important than ever to focus on creating a positive, engaging employee experience. And vending machines are exactly the kind of small but impactful perks that make a difference in employee happiness. No more mid-day “hanger”” – with vending machines, employees can grab something to eat anytime they want to.
Promote Employee Health and Wellness
As vending machines make it so easy to grab a bite to eat, they help ensure that focused employees don’t accidentally forget to eat something throughout the day. Not only are you making sure that they have access to food and drink, you can also choose to provide them with healthier options such as granola bars instead of typical, unhealthy vending snacks. By providing employees with easy and convenient ways to stay full and hydrated, you’re helping promote their health.
Having a midday snack gives employees the fuel they need to keep going, and because vending machines function as an on-site source of food and drinks, employees don’t have to waste time and leave the office to grab food. This allows them to be more efficient and spend more time in the office for improved productivity.
New Source of Revenue
Vending machines are a win-win situation. Your staff sees the benefits of an improved employee experience and better health, while your organization also receives a new source of revenue that can help support your bottom line and allow you to grow even more.
When you look at their big impact, vending machines actually have rather low overhead costs, requiring a fraction of the cost of running a cafeteria or bringing in catering. Even better, the modern vending machine is built to conserve energy and use a small amount of electricity even if it runs 24/7.
Because vending machines are unmanned, they’re incredibly easy to maintain. You don’t need to hire anybody to stand there and manage the vending machine; it runs itself. You can also partner with experienced vending machine technicians and attendants to take care of stocking and maintenance independently, so you never have to worry about running out of an item or facing a technical issue.
By using a smart vending machine credit card reader like Onyx or VPOS Touch, customers will be able to pay the way they prefer while you easily manage everything remotely from the convenient mobile management app.
Consistent Customer Base
If you’re a vending machine operator looking for a new place to set up machines, offices are a perfect choice. Full of hungry employees who spend eight or more hours in the workplace, they’re a closed-loop environment of consistent, known customers that you can expect to come back day after day.
The fact that offices are a closed-loop system also opens up the opportunity to offer prepaid employee cards. Not only do these encourage employees to buy more often, but they’re also a great employee perk that can improve the employee experience even further.
Types of Vending Machines in the Workplace
In addition to the standard vending machine that most of us are used to, there are other, similar options you can choose for your workplace depending on your needs.
Healthy Vending Machines in the Workplace
If you associate vending machines with unhealthy potato chips and sugary soft drinks, you may have a bit of an outdated view of the vending industry. The reality is that you can stock your vending machine with whatever feels appropriate for your staff. It’s easy to include half (or even only) healthy options such as granola bars, protein shakes, nuts, and dried fruits to encourage employee wellness.
Office Coffee Vending Machines
In the workplace, coffee is liquid gold and an absolute must. In addition to a much-needed rest, coffee breaks offer an important opportunity for small talk and socializing, which is one of the biggest advantages of returning to the office instead of working from home. Rather than requiring employees to make their own coffee by hand or frequent expensive coffee shops, you can bring in a coffee vending machine that makes the perfect cup of Joe exactly as each individual likes it.
If you want to expand your offering beyond a vending machine but still enjoy the benefits of an unmanned business, you should know about micro markets. Sort of a cross between a vending machine and a corner store, these are small, unstaffed shops where customers service themselves using a self-checkout kiosk. Micro markets share all of the same benefits as office vending machines but with even more options. This way, employees have more choices to choose from and can buy full meals in addition to snacks and drinks.
Loyalty Programs in a Closed-Loop System
When you bring an unmanned business like a vending machine or a micro market into an office, it qualifies as a closed-loop system. This means that all of the customers are already known to the facility where the offering is located. Because closed-loop environments create a consistent customer base, they open up the possibility of setting up a rewards program.
By using a mobile loyalty app such as Monyx Wallet, you’ll get to enjoy even more benefits such as:
- Collecting important insights about customers’ preferences and buying habits that allow you to optimize your offerings
- Improved access to and interaction with your customers
- Increasing customer loyalty with marketing tools such as punch cards, gamification, and happy hour promotions
Get Started with an Office Vending Machine Today
Whether you want to go the traditional vending machine route or experiment with newer, more sophisticated micro market, Nayax has the solutions that will power your unmanned business and optimize it for the greatest revenue and impact.
Contact Nayax to learn more about how to get started with bringing vending machines into the workplace.