Update your Office and Breakroom with these Tips

Is your business looking to upgrade their office space or breakroom? These changes could play a bigger role in your office productivity, creativity and employee retention. Before you take the plunge, update your office and breakroom with these tips.

Get your employees’ ideas

It’s easier to get your employees excited for change when they play an active role in tossing out ideas. Ask everyone to come up with three changes they would like to see in the new workspace. Discuss the changes that will be happening and give an explanation for what they can expect. When everyone is on the same page, the transition can be a lot smoother and more exciting.

Include co-working spaces that encourage team work

Consider adding collaboration stations where your employees can gather and encourage them to move around throughout the day to experience new people and spaces inside your office. Create social working hours where employees can hear ideas from others and be inspired by their coworkers and office space. This also allows for managers with offices to step out and enjoy the collaboration in a casual setting.

Have adjustable desks and tables

Sitting can be detrimental to your employees’ health. Take the time with your office remodel to add in stand-up desks and collaboration areas. This can help decrease sedentary routines and shows you care about your employees’ health and well-being.

Consider switching up your refreshment solution

Consider a micro market or offer a new variety of coffee to perk up employees. These changes can be exciting and encourage employees to stay on site for lunch. Looking for a way to keep track of your office supplies? We can customize a controlled dispensing solution that reduces supply costs up to  40 percent. Who doesn’t like to save money? We have a solution for office supplies, IT supplies and more.

Offer up some fun and games

Add a place for your employees to have fun either during their break or after work. Games are a great way to encourage team building and can help spark creativity and problem solving. A common area with a pool table or ping-pong table can also encourage your employees to get to know their co-workers, which can build up your company culture.

No matter what changes your company is able to make, keep your employees engaged and excited by showing updates and allowing them to be a part of the process. Updating an office or breakroom is exciting and gives the company the chance to show their culture in a fun and personal way. What changes would you like to see in your breakroom or office space?

Update your Office and Breakroom with these Tips

 

Upcoming Trends in the World of Vending – 2018 NAMA Show

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In March National Vending team ventured out to sunny Las Vegas for the annual NAMA Show, a four day conference hosted by the National Automatic Merchandising Association for convenience service professionals. The NAMA show not only offers a place for the convenience industry’s biggest names to showcase new products but is also a place for industry players to learn about upcoming trends in the world of vending, office coffee and micro markets.

Talk of Technology

While walking the show floor, we couldn’t help but notice the amount of technology advances! From cashless payment services and telemetry, to changes in vending machines and vending products, the world of vending is advancing beyond basic refreshments and snacks.

More machines are adding a cashless payment system, but the advances don’t stop at credit card readers. Mobile apps and the ability to pay for items using your phone is a trend on the rise.

Micro Markets going MICRO

We also noticed advances in the world of micro markets. New nano markets offer the same convenience of a micro market but are better suited for those businesses or organizations with less than 250 people. Nano markets are simple and easy to use considering purchases can be made directly from the consumer’s phone or a small countertop kiosk.

Nutrition and Wellness

One of the underlying trends in vending, micro markets and pantry services is nutrition and wellness. These items are being requested by customers at a high rate and the demand will continue to rise. While most vendors have expanded healthy selections, those who make more of an effort to meet this demand will see an even greater increase in consumption.

Educational Classes

One of the biggest advantages to attending the NAMA Show is the educational classes exhibitors and attendees can experience. We had the pleasure of attending quite a few different classes over a variety of topics. One thing each class mentioned was how we need to be more receptive to change and look for ways to be more innovative in our industry. The educational classes are also a great way to meet with experienced industry leaders.

Evolving and Changing

When it comes to vending machine products, we have to consider the convenience people are looking for, the products people need and how vending machines can bridge the gap. Thinking outside the box with the products we vend and the way they vend can be pivotal in keeping the industry at the forefront of convenience.

During the opening session, Heidi Chico, NAMA Chair and President of the Wittern Group, invited NAMA show attendees to consider innovation and change. Staying competitive in the business has always meant evolving. How can vending evolve? Think beyond the break room vending machine and consider other scenarios where a vending machine would be ideal. Roughly 4 percent of the items stocked by a typical vending machine are non-food items.  The controlled dispensing of items like office and safety supplies help companies control costs. How can National Vending help your company save money?

Carla Balakgie, President and CEO of NAMA, leads the discussion between Political Analyst, Matthew Dowd and Acclaimed Thought Leader on Digital Transformation, Brian Solis.

Networking and Fun

One of our favorite parts of the NAMA show is being able to meet new people in the industry and form new partnerships. There’s something so nice about being able to shake someone’s hand you’ve talked with on the phone multiple times but have never met in person.

It’s not all work, there’s a little bit of play involved as well. There are social hours on the trade show floor.  Being in the city that never sleeps also allows for fun to overflow to restaurants and other entertainment venues, offering the chance to get to know your coworkers, vendors and distributors all in the course of a week.

Four Reasons you Should Make the Switch to Filtered Water

FilteredWaterWhen most people consider their office vending machines, not many take the time to think about the other refreshment services available. These other refreshment services consist of office coffee and water filtration. Last year the average American used 167 water bottles but only recycled 38. Help cut down on waste by considering the switch to a filtered water program for your employees.

Employee Health

Consider making the switch to help improve your employees health. Access to filtered water, both hot and cold, can play a key role in increasing the amount of water consumed by your employees. Substituting water for high calorie beverages can play an important role in weight loss which in turn can decrease health issues and be a cost saving factor for your company. Get into the spirit by creating a burst your thirst challenge where the person that drinks the most water over a period of time can win a prize.

Increase productivity

It might sound crazy to think that water consumption and productivity can go hand in hand, but research has found that dehydration can be linked to cognitive changes which can result in less productivity. So the next time you feel that 2 o’clock slump coming along, grab a glass of filtered water and see if you can feel a difference.

It doesn’t cost that much

No seriously, it doesn’t cost that much to add filtered water to your company. In fact most employers would reap the benefits of adding filtered water just by seeing an increase in productivity around the office. The recommended eight glasses of water a day can result in Americans spending roughly $1,400 on bottled water.  Not quite convinced? Contact us and we’d be happy to run the numbers based on your location and size. We can also ensure you’re getting the most out of your office coffee system and vending as well, both can play an important part in your office productivity and employee happiness.

Save the Earth

One of the biggest benefits is the service your company would be doing to the environment. By switching to a filtered water solution, your company could help decrease the amount of water bottles that fill up landfills. Not only do plastic bottles take anywhere from 450 – 1000 years to decompose naturally but if they are incinerated, they can produce toxic fumes which are harmful to the environment. Encourage your employees to make the switch to filtered water and better yet, provide water bottles branded with your company logo.

Show your employees you care about the environment and their well-being by making the switch today. Not only can filtered water be great for those looking to cut back on their calorie intake, but it can help benefit your office coffee system as well.

Boost Employee Happiness with these Free Tips

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Look around your office and take a guess at how many people are happy with their full-time job. According to a survey conducted and summarized by CBS Moneywatch, 51 percent of America’s 100 million full-time employees aren’t engaged at work which means a good chunk of the people you work with (or even you) aren’t really engaged in the work you do. But what can you or companies do to help employees reap the happiness others might get from their job? We’ve outlined a few simple ideas to help boost employee happiness, that won’t break the bank when it comes time to sort out the budget.

Use positive messaging:

Whoa innovative right? The words we choose in the workplace can play a huge role in employee happiness whether we realize it or not. Moving forward, consider using positive messaging with co-workers or employees. Become more personal, encouraging, passionate and empowering and see if you can tell a difference in the way people interact with you.

Express gratitude:

We were all taught to say thank you at a young age, but how many of us still keep that tradition alive when it comes to the work place? Even the smallest amount of recognition and thankfulness can go a long way when it comes to saying thank you to your employees.

Listen:

Employees like to feel heard so it’s up to the employer to stay receptive, and encourage feedback. Most employees tend to be happier when they are a part of the decision-making process and that their ideas are valued and respected.

Lead by example:

Practicing healthy habits and maintaining an optimistic attitude can help inspire happy employees. While not every day can be stress free and full of positivity in most cases how you view unpleasant situations that can trickle down to your employee’s perceptions.

Make small upgrades:

These upgrades could be as simple as updating your breakroom or switching to a vending management company that will not only help bring better snack options for your employees; but could also provide services you didn’t know employees would like.  The small change could result in a new selection of snacks and refreshments or even an office coffee system for your employees which in turn can boost productivity and happiness.

Encourage healthy work-life balance:

Work and life balance can play a key role in employee happiness. Employee’s need to feel their personal lives are valued just as much as their work life. Consider offering flexible hours, or allow employees to work from home when needed.

Why is employee happiness so important? Besides combating stress, happiness in the workplace can result in fewer aches and pains both physically and mentally. Happy employees also take fewer sick days than their unhappy co-workers and can help boost office morale.

How to Increase your Bottom Line with Office Vending

Increase Bottom Line, Increase , Money, Vending, Vending MachineThe office vending machine is a way for employees to get an afternoon snack or grab a quick bite to eat without having to leave the office. It can also serve as a way for your company to increase its bottom line. Our vending programs can actually pay you a commission, which is generally based on the vending machine sales.

You’ll save your employees time and money​

What employee doesn’t want the convenience of having a vending machine in their office? With more incentive to stay on site, your staff won’t have to leave in order to get something to eat or drink. This will lead to happier employees and increased productivity. A facility of 75 employees or more will generally support a vending machine at no cost to your company.

Increase productivity

Imagine being able to grab an energy drink or a bottle of water and feeling refreshed enough to finish your work on a timely basis? In most cases having a vending machine on site can help increase productivity and encourage employees to get more work done. This can increase motivation and help keep employees focused on the task at hand.

Fundraisers

Your office could also elect to donate the vending machine commission income to a favorite charity.  At the end of the year you can total how much money the company was able to donate and work towards increasing that amount.

Foot traffic

If your office has a lot of external foot traffic from the public, then a vending machine would benefit your visitors, too. By putting your vending machine in a location where others can access it, you’re reaching more people and increasing your commission income.

Vending Management Company

A vending management company specializes in companies with multiple locations, providing a customized vending program for each location. A vending management company, like National Vending, optimizes, collects and remits commission revenue, provides state-of-the-art equipment and technology, handles all service calls and coordinates transition of vending equipment. At National Vending we can be your single point-of-contact for all your vending needs. We can even provide other types of vending and refreshment needs for your company. Looking to add office coffee or a water filtration system? We can help!

If you would like to learn more about our national refreshment service programs, National Vending  can happy to help! Contact us today.

Is the world of vending taking over?

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Unattended retail is on the rise thanks to changes in retail kiosks, vending machines and improvements in technology. The world of vending machines are taking over. Machines give customers the chance to interact with merchants more quickly, without having to waste time standing in a long line or dealing with slow-moving employees.

Research found by USA Technologies concludes that the interactive kiosk industry market will be worth $1.073 billion in the next decade. What about the growth of the market from previous years? That comes in at a shocking number; the industry has grown from $533.37 million in 2013 to $716.97 million in 2016.

Over the past year more vending options are taking over, but what kind of retail can we expect to see in these new kiosks and vending machines? Everything from luxuries like the beautiful Marla Aaron carbine lock pendants jewelry, to necessities like groceries and medicine to personal care products for the homeless. Not to mention the rise of self-serve options is getting a swift kick into the future with the opening of the new Amazon Go Store. Food and beverage kiosks have become the most common kind of kiosks in the U.S., accounting for a combined 35 percent of machines in the field as of 2016. But the industry has seen an increase in clothing retail and vehicle-charging kiosks as well.

All of these new developments mean we are on the road to a completely different retail experience. Unattended kiosks and markets allow for a speedier shopping experience and can reach more consumers in venues brick and mortar stores simply can’t. With technology advancing, capabilities such as remote machine monitoring, interactive touchscreens, identity verification are becoming more affordable. The growth of this industry can and will expand beyond what is typically sold in vending machines.

Work resolutions to start your year off right.

WorkResolutions2018WPThe New Year is quickly approaching and while personal resolutions are always a great way to start they year fresh, it’s also a great time to consider work resolutions. Below we have a few ideas on how you can start the 2018 work year off on the right foot and achieve those resolutions throughout the year.

Step out of your comfort zone

We know change is scary, and stepping out of your comfort zone is just as frightening for some. But stepping out of your comfort zone doesn’t have to be leaping head first into something you’ve never done before. Maybe it’s as simple as asking a coworker for advice or help on a situation. Or attending an event you typically wouldn’t go to because you might not know anyone there. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be intimidating but as long as you are taking baby steps in the right direction, you’ll find your comfort zone expanding, which will allow for more personal growth.

Listen more than you talk

We all want to contribute to conversations at hand, but in some cases it can muddle the situation when people contribute ideas without thinking them through. Instead, take time to actually listen to what is being said or asked of you and then take time to formulate a response. A good rule of thumb is to wait a few seconds before replying to ensure you don’t interrupt the speaker, which also gives you time to form a thoughtful response. This tip might seem like a basic task but the next time you sit in a meeting, count how many times someone gets interrupted or answers get shouted out.

Learn something new

This resolution can go hand-in-hand with stepping out of your comfort zone but in the end you might pick up a new skill you never knew you had the ability to do. This can be a great way to open new doors in the work place and meet new people. Learning something new could be as simple as taking a class on leadership or attending a seminar in your field of work.

Be more organized

As soon as projects start to pile up, the system for organization can fall by the wayside leading to scrambling to finish projects or even missing deadlines. Setting up an organizational system that works for you can help you in those times when your work load is piling up. Set reminders to help you prioritize what needs to be completed first and take a few minutes each day to assess any new projects that reach your inbox.

Get inspired

No matter how long you have been in your industry, it can be easy to feel uninspired about the work you do. As you move into 2018, think about how you can get inspired about the work you do. Look towards clients who are happy with the work you provide or consider attending a conference in your area to help reignite the excitement for your industry.

Make Goals

Make a list of goals you want to accomplish during the year, whether it’s staying more organized like the resolution above or working harder to meet deadlines. Take the time to write them out, or set reminders in your work calendar.

Talk about your goals

Goals are pointless if nobody knows about them. Tell your boss, your coworkers and have the people around you help hold you accountable for everything you want to achieve. If you get half way through the year and feel like you’re straying away from your goals, do an assessment to see how you can get back on track. If you get to the end of the year and missed a goal, no worries, take time to assess why you might have fallen short or what prevented you from accomplishing that goal and work to make a change for the following year.

How to keep your desk job from killing you slowly.

Staying healthy at work can be difficult, from morning sweets brought in by a co-worker to long hours sitting at your desk, all these can factor into your long term health without you realizing it. New research is finding out that a sedentary lifestyle can be as detrimental to our health as smoking a pack of cigarettes every day. Here’s how your desk job is killing you slowly.

“Sitting is so incredibly prevalent that we don’t even question how much we’re doing it. And because everyone else is doing it, it doesn’t even occur to us that it’s not ok.” Nilofer Merchant said at TED 2013. An increase in the amount of standing desks entering the workforce is a positive but more can be done. A recent study from Career Builder states that 41 percent of people have gained weight at their jobs and most of that can be attributed to unhealthy snacking.  It’s not just about our activity levels on and off the clock but our eating habits as well.

Below are a few statistics on how sitting can be slowing harming your health and how to make minor improvements throughout the work day.

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11 Fun Facts about Pumpkins for National Pumpkin Day

PumpkinDayWP02October is coming to a close and with it is National Pumpkin Day! But how much do we really know about these large gourds? We did the digging and came up with 11 fun facts about pumpkins that might surprise you!

  1. Pumpkins were considered a last resort food amongst the colonial settlers.
  2. They can be grown on every continent except Antarctica.
  3. The United States produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin each year, and 80 percent of the pumpkin crop is available in October.
  4. The largest pumpkin weighed in at 2,624 pounds and took home the Giant Pumpkin European Championship in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
  5. Every single part of a pumpkin is edible, even the stem.
  6. Morton, Illinois is the self-proclaimed pumpkin capital of the world due to Libby’s pumpkin processing plant, owned by Nestle Food Company. Libby’s cans more than 85 percent of the world’s pumpkin each year.
  7. Each pumpkin has about 500 seeds, which can be roasted to eat.
  8. The largest pumpkin pie weighed in 3,699 pounds and was 20 feet in diameter.
  9. There are more than 45 different varieties of pumpkins.
  10. The oldest pumpkin seeds date back 8,000 to 10,000 years.
  11. According to the American Pie Council, pumpkin pie is America’s second favorite kind of pie. Nineteen percent report preferring apple pie compared to the 13 percent who picked pumpkin.

Vending Outside the Box

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The world of vending is expanding beyond the typical machines found in your office break room. Self-checkout (also known as micro markets) is new on the scene and a great way for employers to provide vending solutions in a non-traditional format. Most often found at larger workplace locations, self-checkout markets are growing rapidly with no plans to stop.

The concept of a self-checkout market resembles a small convenience store without a cashier and allows patrons to select snacks, meals and drinks from a variety of racks and coolers. The patrons would then bring purchases to a self-checkout touch screen kiosk. This allows the consumer the convenience to pick up items and check nutrition labels before purchasing them.

These markets also allow for more customization when it comes to products and allow for promotional integration with employer health and wellness programs. In vending, fresh food selections are limited, but fresh is what sells in self-checkout markets. More than 25 percent of micro market sales are from fresh food, which allows for more healthy products to be added. Self-checkout customers were asked what they like most about the new market and a majority, 79.8 percent, like the variety.

It’s like having a convenience store in your own facility; each layout is customizable to the needs of your facility and food preferences. If your company is interested in expanding your vending options, let us know by giving us a call at (888)-795-8363.