Many studies have shown that feeling happy and relaxed at work leads directly to improved performance and productivity. Want some ideas for your own workplace? National Vending has a few to get you started:
- Take advantage of natural light. Moving desks and cubicles to maximize exposure to outside light can help elevate mood and increase performance. Establishing an outdoor area with picnic tables or other seating allows employees to enjoy the outdoors and soak up some natural rays during lunch or break times.
- Add some color and texture. There’s no reason for walls or corridors to be drab. Adding colorful graphics with paint or posters and incorporating different textures like cork, wood or natural materials adds warmth to the workspace and helps employees feel more relaxed and less stressed.
- Make the break room inviting. Show your employees you value their contribution by providing a bright and comfortable place to eat or relax during breaks. Offering comfortable seating, colorful paint or accessories and adequate lighting makes break rooms brighter and friendlier.
- Don’t forget food. Many dietary studies have shown that the human mind and body work best when supplied with multiple small meals or snacks throughout the day rather than just three larger meals. Adding on-site coffee service or a vending services area stocked with a variety of snacks keeps employees sated and focused. Make it even more convenient for employees by offering onsite café food service so they can enjoy a delicious lunch without having to go out.
Keeping the body and mind fueled during work hours improves focus and elevates mood, benefits that translate directly into higher production (and a healthier bottom line). Likewise, keeping the metabolism chugging along at a steady rate helps employees avoid the dips in mood and periods of fatigue that often occur during the long hours of the afternoon.
While adding healthy alternatives is an important part of any vending plan, one of the best ways to make sure your vending system helps build employee loyalty and improve production and creativity is to offer snacks and vending services that your employees actually want. Few things let an employee know they’re valued like asking for suggestions – and then following through on those suggestions. Providing snacks that your employees request is a great way to show you’re listening and responsive.
To avoid requests for snacks or other products that aren’t readily available or just can’t be provided through a vending system, National Vending recommends offering a list of products you know are available and asking employees to rate them in order of preference. Another tip: Offer new products on a regular basis and ask for employees to rate them – would they like the item to become a regular offering?
By using it as a tool for building employee morale instead of simply considering it a vehicle for snacks,your vending system can help you improve employee loyalty and satisfaction, and can help your company achieve new levels of productivity.
National Vending has become a Nationally Certified WBE through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council! While National Vending has been a certified WBE at the state level for several years, this new certification gives us the legitimacy to provide services for companies that are concerned with supplier diversity all around the country. Find out more about National Vending’s National Certification in this article from Vending Market Watch!
Being certified by the WBENC validates that a business is 51 percent owned, controlled, managed and operated by a woman or women. The certification also gives women owned business like National Vending the ability to compete for real-time business opportunities provided by WBENC Corporate Members and government agencies. To find out more about certified WBEs and WBENC, check out their website!
If you have ever looked at an office building, shopping mall or any other public space with vending services and wondered “why doesn’t my building have those?” National Vending is here to help!
Many vending machines and services found in public spaces are contracted through the owner of the property and private vending operators. This system works well because the manager of the facility receives the convenience of vending machines in their space and the vending operators have a space and customers to sell to. The difficult part is managing all of the contracts and making sure that each vending operator is running their machine to its maximum potential and servicing the needs of your visitors.
National Vending is the perfect solution to this problem. By contracting with one company that has an established history of success and that is able to work with you at any time from a single point of contact, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy all the benefits of having industry leading vending services in your building.
Today marked the end of an era for a company that many of us welcomed into our homes over the past 20 years. It was officially announced that the video rental giant, Blockbuster, will be closing the doors of its 300 remaining retail locations and ending its video by mail service. A main reason for the end to the Blockbuster story is an ever-evolving industry that did not have a need for their services any more.
As a vending management company, National Vending works with facility managers and other professionals to ensure that your vending services keep on pace with the needs and demands of your vending patrons. Tailoring services, product offerings and utilizing new technology are all taken care of by National Vending, making the advantages of vending services at your location easy!
Halloween is all about costumes, monsters, pumpkins, and of course, candy and treats. In the spooky spirit of the holiday, we wanted to tell you about how National Vending works with facility managers to customize their product offering for each vending location!
With vending machine management from National Vending, you only have one point of contact which makes it very easy to discuss strategies and analyze reports that will help you make decisions on what types of products to offer in each of your vending locations. This level of customization with your product selection will help your machines reach their maximum profit potential.
Have you been looking for a way to improve your facilities and offer extra services and utility for the people that use it every day? Vending services are a very easy and useful addition to any location and provide a number of benefits to anyone in the building. National Vending is a vending management company that will help you plan, install, maintain and service a wide variety of vending solutions that will add extra value and benefits to your facility.
National Vending will work with you to provide a free vending audit and determine the type of services that will bring the most benefit to your location and how best to operate them. After that, National Vending will place, stock and service all of the vending equipment free of charge! That’s right, you get all the benefits of professional vending services for no cost to you.
So what is the benefit to you? In addition to providing additional services for the people that use your facility, you will receive a percentage of vending receipts as commission. You can find out more on our FAQ page!
Working through lunches, staying late and not taking vacation time is a trend that has been growing in North American offices and workplaces for years. A recent survey by Monster.com found that more than 20 percent of workers say that they always eat lunch at their desks. Another job search website, CareerBuilder found that 8 percent of participants in their survey of full-time employees each lunch from the break room vending machines at least once per week.
Offering employees in your building options that cater to this growing need to eat lunch in the office or at their desk will help keep them productive and well-fed. National Vending has a wide variety of vending services from office micro-markets to food vending machines and more that offer more than just candy and small snacks. These services give employees that choose to dine in the office or at their desk more options for lunch and can create more balanced diets.
National Vending will work with you to determine your vending needs and with our single point of contact, it is easy to contact your representative, make changes to each location, and create the most beneficial vending offering for employees.
In the internet era, information is key to succeeding. It is now easier than ever to share information and being able to collect, analyze and disseminate that information to the people that need to have it. With vending management services from National Vending, collecting and accessing information about your vending services is even easier and will help you create a more successful business that is tailored to the demands of each location you have a machine or vending service at.
National Vending offers a single point of contact for all customers and this means that you have easy access to a wide range of reports that will be provided. Transparent reporting is one of the many benefits you will receive from National Vending. These reports are accessible online and can be sorted and analyzed by machine and facility so that you can accurately assess the performance of each machine and determine the success of each location independently.
These tools will help you understand the vending operations of your facility and better determine what actions will help make your vending services even more successful.
National Vending knows the importance of energy-efficient equipment for the environment and for business owners. Energy Star qualified beverage machines use 1,700 kWh per year less than regular machines which means that less energy is being used and more money is being saved in utility bills.
A new technology that is being developed in Europe as a collaborative effort to improve the sustainability of refrigerator units has a lot of people excited, even in the vending management industry! This new device is called the V-Tex and is able to chill drinks in 45 seconds. This solution is aimed at avoiding the need for refrigerating units that are constantly on and consuming energy in order to have drinks chilled for consumption at any given time. Now, beverages can be stored at room temperature and energy is only used briefly to chill them down before serving. This could lead to technology that changes how beverage vending machines store and distribute beverages and could make them even more energy efficient!
Check out the video below for more information.