Having free snacks in the office is important for productivity. Here’s why
- A hungry man is a distracted man
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Everyone knows how distracting hunger pangs can be. That is because, when we’re hungry, the glucose level in our bodies start to drop. A balanced glucose level throughout the work day ensures better focus and attention to detail! Free snacks at the office pantry can be a life saver!
- Free Snacks in office = People stay in office = Better productivity
A Recent study by office retailer Staples.com found that 57 % of office workers have to buy their own snacks and beverages at work. In addition, half of them admitted leaving the office to get their munchie fix at least once a day, with some making as many as five trips per day. According to Staples, these snack runs added up to 2.4 billion hours in lost productivity! Surely, stocking up the pantry with yummy snacks is a small cost in exchange.
- Help them cope with work stress
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Most people comfort eats now and then. Though emotional eating may not be always encouraged, it is undeniable that food provides us the mood boost when we need them. Thus, it’s important for offices to offer not any snacks, but healthier snacks for the employees to indulge in when coping with stress.
- Make your employees feel valued
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Everyone likes to feel appreciated, and providing free snacks in the office is a simple way to show that the company cares. According to Inc Magazine, 60% of office workers mentioned that having free snacks at the office makes them feel more “valued and appreciated.”
- Building relationships over snacks
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60% out of 1000 office workers surveyed claimed that the availability of office snacks encourage them to interact more with their colleagues. Just as Alexander Kjerulf have put it, “Socializing and getting to know them [co-workers] as people will help you to communicate better, trust each other more and work better together. Also, employees who have positive workplace relationships are happier at work, and we know that people who are happy at work are more productive, more creative and more successful overall.”
- The best companies have the best pantries
If you’re still not convinced, take a look at the pantries in successful companies like Twitter, Facebook and Airbnb. They say if you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best. 😉