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Employee wellbeing is a hot topic of conversation for every employer. As the State of the Global Workplace report found that 60% of adults felt detached from their jobs, organisations have been pressured to respond to the growing need for worker engagement and satisfaction.
At Oasis Coffee & Vending, we’re excited about one trend that can address this – the micro market! These self-service retail spaces provide employees with a convenient, customisable and affordable experience in the heart of the workplace.
In this blog, we’ll delve into the myriad of benefits that come with embracing this modern approach to office snacking.
A micro market is a small, self-contained food and drinks store located within the office environment. Designed to mimic the layout of a caffeine, they leverage cutting-edge technology to remain automated in their approach. Providing a hub for engagement, the benefits of a micro market include reduced overheads, increased staff wellbeing and productivity.
Micro markets and vending machines both serve the purpose of providing refreshments. However, their key differences lie in their setup and offerings. Vending machines are standalone units that dispense pre-packaged products with limited variety. Micro markets, on the other hand, are broader. They resemble a small convenience store with open shelves and coolers, and often seating areas too.
According to the Vending & Automated Retail Association, the micro market industry has grown by 500% in the last five years alone. The automated solution is becoming more popular, and there’s multiple reasons why.
One of the primary benefits of a micro market is the unparalleled convenience it offers to employees. Instead of being limited to a few choices from a vending machine or the local shop, staff members can explore a broader range of options in a well-organised and aesthetically pleasing setting.
The self-checkout kiosks allow employees to grab a quick snack without the need for waiting in line, whilst 24/7 opening hours ensure accessibility at any time of the day or night. This added convenience contributes to a more efficient and enjoyable workplace experience.
Did you know that there are 8.5 million gluten free people in the UK alone? With a curated selection of fresh and healthy choices, micro markets are designed to cater to diverse tastes and dietary preferences. They accommodate individuals with specific allergies, and provide the flexibility to make mindful decisions about snacks and meals.
Whether someone is craving a protein-packed salad, a vegetarian snack or a comforting hot chocolate, micro markets meet diverse culinary needs.
In 2022, more than half of all employees reported feeling unproductive at work. However, the introduction of a well-stocked micro market has been proven to turn this statistic on its head. With options for food and drink in the office, employees can quickly access a range of choices without leaving the workplace. They can save money on expensive convenience items from local shops, and reduce time spent preparing lunch food at home.
By eliminating the need for lengthy lunch outings, micro markets contribute to a seamless workflow, allowing employees to refuel and recharge efficiently.
The benefits of a micro market also extend to employers. Their installation will demonstrate a genuine interest in creating a positive work environment for your employees. As a result, this employee-centric approach can enhance job satisfaction, foster a sense of appreciation and contribute to a positive company culture.
A workplace that prioritises the wellbeing of its employees is likely to earn a reputation as an employer of choice.
Finally, unlike traditional cafeterias that require staffing for food preparation, a micro market operates on a self-service model. The use of automated checkout systems further reduces the need for additional personnel. This streamlined approach not only minimises labour costs but also eliminates the complexities associated with managing a full-service cafeteria.
At Oasis Coffee & Vending, we can work closely with you to plan, design and install a micro market exceptionally suited to your colleague’s needs. We’ll collaborate on a strategy to transform your space, and source your barista-style coffee machines, fridges, microwaves and other large or small catering items.
Our highly-experienced installation experts are British-based and work with the best materials to give a long lasting, quality finish. And even when the installation is complete, we’ll be on hand to guide your staff through the self-serve process and restock your food and drink options when necessary.
To learn more about our micro markets, contact our skilled team via email today.