A carefully planned and well-stocked micro-market is an employee benefit that isn’t fully appreciated until experienced. Employees have access to an inviting and relaxing space with a customizable menu full of delicious products, from fresh food, coffee, healthy alternatives, and cold beverages to everyone’s favorite snacks.
Augusta employers need to consider the types of refreshments and the overall physical space available when determining a break room’s design and menu. The reason is related to recent research performed by Packaged Facts, an expert in research and analysis.
According to David Sprinkle, research director for Packaged Facts, “There’s a surging fluidity to modern mealtimes. The reality is U.S. adults are increasingly eating differently.” The adults that Sprinkle is referring to are Gen Z (18- to 24-years-old) and Millennials (25- to 34-years-old).
Not only did the research show that fewer adults are eating “breakfast before 9 am, lunch before 1 pm, and dinner before 8 pm,” but more participants are eating several smaller meals throughout the day instead of the traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Getting back to Augusta break rooms and the micro-market, offering a wide selection of options has a higher chance of meeting the needs of employees who consume various meals at traditional and nontraditional times of the day.
The first of several reasons why a micro-market is a great option is the break room’s overall look and feel. Each micro-market layout is custom designed to fit your unique space and offers an updated look and shopping experience. With open racks, shelves, and glass door coolers, employees can browse and pick up items and read labels before deciding.
Access to the micro-market 24/7 is the second benefit. With modern technology, employees can access snacks, beverages, and fresh food at any time of the day, whether it is 10:00 am or 10:00 pm. Self-checkout kiosks, mobile apps, and security systems remove the need for additional employees to monitor the break room and track product inventory levels.
The third benefit is that we take care of it all. With fully automated technology, we receive data about real-time product purchases. Using that information, we can rotate in more of the products your Augusta employees enjoy and add new products to keep things interesting.
A micro-market is truly a sought-after break room benefit. Access at any time of the day plus a variety of delicious refreshments equals happier employees and a boost in workplace morale. Are you ready to take the next step?
For more information about micro-markets or other break room refreshment options, including office coffee service, please contact Riverside Refreshments at 706-793-2723.