Understanding Employee Preferences for Office Refreshments

Providing office refreshments has become more than just a perk; it’s a strategic move that can improve productivity, employee satisfaction and overall workplace culture. But to truly reap the benefits, you need to know what your employees want!
Colleagues enjoying office refreshments

At Oasis Coffee & Vending, we know that offering the right office refreshments is key. With a quarter of people wanting to leave their current position in the next twelve months, workers are looking for an employee that can meet their diverse needs. And more often than not, a universal benefits package won’t cut it.

In this blog, we’ve explored the key factors to consider when curating your office refreshments package – a perk sought after by 40% of UK employees

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What Are The Benefits Of Providing Office Refreshments?

Having a well-stocked office is essential for every business. After all, no one likes to feel ‘h-angry’.


Improved Productivity

One of the main benefits of keeping your workers fed and watered is the boost in productivity. When employees have easy access to quality coffee, snacks and beverages, they’re more likely to stay energised and focused throughout the day. Coffee, in particular, is known for its ability to improve cognitive function and alertness.


Increased Employee Satisfaction

Did you know that happy employees are 20% more productive in the workplace? It’s a small gesture, but offering a variety of refreshments shows that your company cares about the wellbeing of its workers. It creates a positive atmosphere where employees feel valued and appreciated, leading to increased morale and loyalty.


Promotes Healthier Eating Habits

With the growing emphasis on health and wellness, providing nutritious and diverse refreshment options can encourage healthier eating habits amongst employees. Stocking your office with fresh fruits, nuts, whole grain snacks and other healthy options can help employees make better food choices. This not only supports their overall health, but can also lead to fewer sick days.


Extra Business Income

Providing office refreshments can actually lead to extra business income. When employees are well-fed and satisfied, they are more likely to be productive and motivated, which can translate into better business outcomes. Additionally, a subsided, in-house office refreshment programme can encourage your employees to spend money in the office rather than outside of it.

Man waiting at work coffee machine

What Are Your Employee’s Preferences For Office Refreshments?

Repeat after us – my employees don’t fall under a one-size-fits-all diet! To help you offer the right mix of office refreshments, we’ve outlined the most common preferences in today’s diverse work environment.


Decaf Coffee Options

While caffeine is a popular choice for many, it’s important to cater for those who prefer decaffeinated options. For example, at Oasis Coffee & Vending, we’ve found that 15% of our customers prefer a decaf beverage! Offering decaf coffee ensures that everyone can enjoy their favourite hot drink without the jitters. It also serves those with specific health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, making the office inclusive for all.


Dairy Free Milk

The demand for dairy-free milk has surged in recent years, with 38% of our customers now seeking milk alternatives. Whether due to lactose intolerance, dietary preferences or environmental concerns, the popularity of options like almond, soy and oat milk is on the rise. As a result, it’s essential that you provide a variety of milk choices to make all employees feel valued.


Personalised Hot Drinks

Personalisation is another preference that needs to be met in the office. Often, employees are limited in the refreshments they can choose from. But the provision of different tea blends, coffee syrups and customisable options will help your workers feel accommodated for. High-quality coffee machines like the Franke SB1200 or Coffetek Vitro S5 MIA typically provide a solution for this, letting employees choose their preferred strength and add-ons.


Vegan, Vegetarian & Dietary Requirements Met

With 16% of UK adults following a meat-free diet, it’s essential that you consider both vegans and vegetarians. Vending snacks like cereal bars and crisps can often contain animal-derived ingredients, forcing your employees to leave the workplace to find suitable options. Likewise, dietary restrictions such as gluten intolerance and allergies can further limit snack choices.


Hassle Free Convenience

Finally, convenience is key in a busy office environment. With the average lunch break lasting just 15 minutes, your employees appreciate when refreshments are easily accessible and straightforward to prepare. This is where pre-packaged snacks, ready-to-eat meals and easy-to-use coffee machines come in, saving time and reducing stress.

Man giving bag of groceries

Meet Your Employee’s Preferences With Oasis Coffee & Vending

At Oasis Coffee & Vending, we specialise in meeting the diverse refreshment needs of modern workplaces. We offer a wide range of high-quality coffee machines and managed vending services that are designed to cater to your employee’s diverse tastes and dietary requirements. We can support you in the installation of a Micro-Market to introduce even more food and drink options into the workplace, or organise weekly milk and fruit deliveries to ensure that your office is always stocked.

To start providing office refreshments that meet the diverse preferences of your employees, contact our friendly team today.

May 22, 2024

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