The benefits of a well-stocked office kitchen

The Australian Institute of Business recognises the importance of staff motivation to boost morale and increase productivity. It identified how important it is for leaders to recognise, respect, and reward their team. At Order-In, we think there’s no better way to reward employees than with a well stocked office kitchen. We know from personal experience that keeping an office kitchen well stocked equals happy employees!

Lisa Hamblet, Vice President for the facility solutions and services business of Staples Advantage in the USA agrees: “Our recent survey found that 72% viewed the office kitchen as more than just a place to get coffee. To them, it represents a place for impromptu meetings, as well as a space to help keep energy levels high.”

Still not convinced? We looked at that recent survey’s results and how a well-stocked office kitchen can help benefit your employees and help the company reach its goals. 

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Increased job satisfaction

Contrary to many beliefs, money is certainly not all employees care about. The company culture and ‘perks’ are actually more likely to be the things responsible for job satisfaction. Comfortable places to have your break, and plenty of sunlight and greenery are things many job seekers are looking for in an office. 56% of full-time employees are ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ happy with their current job. This result in job satisfaction shifts to a staggering 67% among those having access to free snacks and treats at work.

Accelerated productivity

We all know how important it is to get away from the desk from time to time to take small breaks and stay focused at work. Getting up and walking around is great for the body, as it prevents muscle aches and pains caused by sitting in the same position for long periods of time.

Movement not only helps to prevent injuries, it helps reduce stress and increases productivity. As you’re getting a little exercise at regular intervals, it helps your metabolism to break down foods into energy more efficiently.

Boosted staff morale

The survey found that 73% of office workers said a well-stocked kitchen would make them happier at work, with 57% indicating that it could lead to an increased staff morale and work ethic.

All food is comfort food, and just like it’s polite to offer clients a coffee before a meeting, it’s a great boss that has a range of snacks and drinks available for the office during the week.

It boosts morale because it makes people feel valued. It’s a simple and inexpensive way of saying ‘thank you’ that people truly appreciate. If someone’s having a bad day, they can make themselves a cuppa and grab a bikkie. On the flip side, you could easily celebrate a great sale with a cup of coffee or a sneaky glass of wine at the end of the day!

Added hiring perks

With an increase in Millennials entering the workforce and a ‘foodie’ culture evolving, snacks have been identified as a way to lure employees to new companies.

Want to obtain the above qualities for your company, but unsure where to start? Check out our 5 easy tips below to help you get started.

  1. Provide several free office beverage and snack options for employees during work hours, so they don’t have to leave the office and spend their own money. Consider adding coffee, tea, flavoured water, or hot chocolate to your kitchen cabinets.
  2. Cater to special dietary requirements, such as gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free options, to show that you support all employees and care about their needs.
  3. Supply the kitchen with healthy options such as fresh office fruit, in addition to the usual Friday chips, to encourage a healthy lifestyle and consumption of foods with a sustained energy release.  More than 85% of employees request healthy snacks and beverage options to be added to their office kitchen.
  4. Add comfy chairs and tables to encourage employees to talk with each other, engage and problem solve in a different setting, building long lasting cross-team relationships.
  5. Supply paper goods, plates, glasses, mugs, cutlery and crockery that employees can use throughout the day for coffees, lunch or an afternoon snack at their convenience.

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Save yourself a trip to the shops

Sick of drawing the short straw to go top up the office kitchen supplies?

Save time and energy with Order-In’s quick and easy kitchen supply service. Stock up with office milk, fruit, coffee, pantry supplies, and even order a new coffee machine with the click of a button and the option for next day delivery! Get in touch with our friendly team of catering experts now!

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