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Micro Markets and Improving Morale + Company Culture

by Reed Stevens on March 21

As a business owner, improving your company culture is important. Sure, growth, return on investment, hiring and training, and customer satisfaction are vital to your growth too - but it all begins with employee morale. They’re the foundation of your organization. And one positive move that would impact arguably your most important attribute, your people, is a micro market in the workplace. We’ll tell you why below.

Happy Employees Are the Best Employees

Two male employees on a break in warehouse eating lunch According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people spend most of their time at work with 8.7 hours of the day on average, followed by 7.7 hours of sleep. The largest portion of their day is spent within your walls. Recognizing that commitment and the needs they have while at work is key to boosting employee morale.

A micro market is a convenience-style marketplace that offers individuals endless options when it comes to food and beverage. Whereas traditional vending machines are somewhat limited to snack-type foods, micro markets can offer meal-type fare including fresher, healthier options from our newly revamped brand, EATS. Installing a micro market on your premise provides employees with options to cover breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, sugar cravings, and even a midnight snack if your operations run a second shift or around the clock.

Invest In Your Employees Without Making a Financial Investment

When considering installing a micro market, it’s important to consider your investment. With Bernick’s micro markets, your investment upfront to us is zero. Nada. Nothing. There is no cost associated with adding a micro market to your company’s landscape. The investment you make in your employee’s satisfaction, however, is immeasurable.

Employee Health and Company Goals Go Together

According to a survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Glassdoor, 57 percent of respondents said benefits and perks play a major role when deciding whether to pursue a particular job. Benefits and perks are something a micro market can provide. The freedom to choose what people eat and drink and when gives employees the flexibility to manage their days and workloads while staying satisfied.

The statistics are consistent - healthier employees are more productive employees. This improves your company culture too. Recent studies show healthy employees have: 

Given the sources above, it's fair to say businesses have an incentive to help employees eat better. A great place to start is by supporting health initiatives and providing access to healthy options. Luckily, you can accomplish both with zero financial investment and pretty minimal time investment with the addition of a micro market - an excellent way to support employee health and better your company culture.

What a Micro Market Brings to the Workplace

Even the most diligent employees forget to bring their own lunch from time to time. Having access to healthy micro market options lets employees know they'll still have access to something fresh and delicious, even on forgetful days. Depending on your selected payment options, micro markets can be set up to accept the following:

Employees eating sandwiches and drinking coffee

  • Fingerprint technology
  • Credit or debit card
  • PIN number

Employees can set up personal accounts and add credit to their account when it's convenient for them. Then, they only need a PIN or fingerprint to make purchases. 

A micro market can also accommodate nearly 400 products including snacks, beverages, fresh food, and sundries. An employee, for example, can browse your micro market’s selection at their convenience. And with the number of options available, micro markets are convenient for employees.

Micro Markets are Convenient

Not only are micro markets convenient for your employees, but they’re also convenient for you, too. All installation, maintenance, security, and inventory are handled by Bernick’s when you partner with us to give your employees a micro market. All we need from you is dedicated space in a high-traffic, secure place, electricity, and Internet access. That’s it. We’ll even meet with you to review your company’s space layout, needs of employees, and what you ultimately envision a micro market doing for business and the people who comprise it.

Employees report caring, recognition, rewards, and appreciation as positive aspects they desire to come from employers. Adding a micro market to your business allows you to hit on all of those elements, putting your company’s culture at the center of your focus.

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Topics: Culture, Micro Markets

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