Before exploring these examples, it’s important to understand why office coffee machines are an asset. First and foremost, these days employees expect jobs to come with a few perks, and one of the most popular workplace benefits is access to high-quality coffee. Fortunately, this is a win/win situation, as the effects of drinking coffee have been the focus of much scientific research and its ability to increase levels of creativity and information retention has been proven time and time again!
Those who have access to coffee at work were found to be more productive, focused and motivated, with significant improvements in both mood and overall performance being noted. Studies have also shown that providing employees with the opportunity to step away from their desks can help reduce stress and help them adopt a positive frame of mind.
Not only do coffee machines in the office provide psychological benefits for employees but have been shown to improve overall office efficiency. With reports suggesting that 68% of employees consume coffee during the workday, it has been argued employee coffee cravings result in an increase in wasted time at work. This makes a degree of sense, considering those with a strong hankering for a latte, cappuccino, or any other speciality coffee will have to leave the office and head to a coffee shop if there is no way for them to make one at work. The average time taken by an employee to go out and get a coffee is at approximately 15 minutes, which can have a significant impact on individual employee performance and thus overall business performance. Not only does sourcing coffee from out of the office waste valuable working time it can also prove costly for individuals, or a company if it offers free coffee to its staff. Choosing to purchase or lease an office coffee machine can help to reduce these problems and prove to be more cost-effective than those ‘quick’ coffee runs to Costa or Starbucks.
You might not realise just how beneficial it is for employees to have access to a commercial coffee machine, but offering workplace perks such as high-quality coffee have been shown to help reduce staff turnover levels. Although it is not an overwhelming deciding factor on whether to accept a job or not, it does contribute to potential employees decisions as it will provide an insight into how your organisation cares for their staff. Employees feel more valued if they are being given something in return for their hard work, however, we understand that it is not always cost-effective to offer free coffee, which is why some office coffee machines we recommend come with optional payments systems.
Although office coffee machines provide many benefits for employees, it also reflects positively on your organisation to potential clients. Offering a courtesy beverage whilst they wait will portray your organisation in a positive light and may increase the likelihood that clients will deal with you again.
It is clear that there are many direct and indirect benefits of purchasing or leasing a commercial coffee machine, but what particular qualities or attributes should you be looking for? You might be thinking, “where do I start?” and that’s where Bibium are here to help! We have found that nearly all offices we’ve worked with select ‘Bean To Cup’ machines over other alternatives such as commercial filter coffee machines, traditional espresso machines or pod coffee machines, and why is this?