Employee Appreciation Improvements You Can Make This Holiday Season and All Year Long

We’ve officially entered the season of gratitude and gifting. That said, shouldn’t we be thinking of ways to make team members feel valued all year long? With employee resignations at an all time high, the ways we show employee appreciation must improve.

2020 was scary, 2021 was weird, and 2022 isn’t looking much better.

2021 has been marked as the year of the Great Resignation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4 million Americans quit their jobs in July 2021. Resignations peaked in April and have remained abnormally high for the last several months, with a record-breaking 10.9 million open jobs at the end of July.

According to the Harvard Business Review, employees between 30 and 45 years old have had the greatest increase in resignation rates, with an average increase of more than 20% between 2020 and 2021. Read more about this here.

There are a lot of potential reasons for the increase in resignations. There are also various ways to improve employee engagement by increasing employee appreciation.

A Quick Overview of Ways to Improve Employee Appreciation

One very visible way to improve employee appreciation at your organization is through your Dallas Fort Worth snack and beverage program.

It might sound too simple or a little too on the nose coming from a break room service provider. But what if employee appreciation was simple?

Here are some simple ways to let your team members know you appreciate them:

  1. Improve your coffee offerings. Nothing says we appreciate you quite like a cup of high-quality coffee. And adversely, nothing says we don’t really care about you, quite like a cup of mud.
  2. Offer snacks and beverages for free. This doesn’t have to be as pricey or as overwhelming as you might think. At Ameritex Vending we help companies offer this employee benefit for as little as $300 a week.
  3. Send snacks directly to their homes. With more and more team members working remotely, it’s important they know that out of sight doesn’t equal out of mind.

Offering Better Coffee as a Way to Increase Employee Appreciation

Anytime you are looking to add a new service or improve on an existing one; it’s important to remember that it’s okay to go slow. In other words, if you don’t already offer coffee, we might recommend starting with an airpot brewer. An airpot brewer allows you to brew up to 12 cups of coffee at once and as long as you choose a premium brand, employees will be excited for the offering.

Already have an airpot brewer but want to upgrade? Or maybe you don’t have a coffee service but you don’t want to go slow, you want to offer the best from the very beginning; for your office, we recommend moving forward with a bean to cup machine. These machines grind whole beans, fresh for each cup of coffee made and are a great way to let employees know you care enough about them to give them the very best.

Not sure what coffee system will work best for your office? Take a quick 2-minute quiz here.

 

Offering Snacks and Beverages for Free as a Way to Increase Employee Appreciation

When offering snacks and beverages for free, budget is always the biggest concern. At Ameritex Vending, we’ll work with you to create a program that fits your budget and bigger employee appreciation goals.

To get started we recommended budgeting $2-$7 per employee a day and offering a variety of pre-packaged snacks, beverages and perishable items (think yogurt, string cheese, hard boiled eggs, etc.).

Begin customizing a unique service for your team by filling out our contact form here. 

Sending Snacks Directly to Homes

With the workplace changing it’s important to remember that the way we show appreciation to our employees needs to evolve as well. With hybrid workspaces we want to make sure that employees feel appreciated at the office and at their homes.

Although there are a lot of great snack box services to choose from, our favorite is Oh Goodie! box. With Oh Goodie! box we can match the offerings we provide in your Dallas Fort Worth break room to the boxes that are being send home, making sure all team members have a unified snacking experience regardless of where their desk is.

Ready to Show Your Team Members You Appreciate Them?

If you’re ready to improve your snack, beverage or office coffee services for your Dallas Fort Worth team, reach out to us today by calling 972.572.5200 or by filling out a form here. A member of our dedicated team would love to discuss any of our services and ways we can improve on your current break room offerings.

 

 

 

 

How to Upgrade Your Vending Service in Your Dallas Fort Worth Break Room

With companies returning to the office, or at last with the largest volume of individuals trickling back to the office since the start of the COVID pandemic; it’s time to start thinking about office snacks again.

A lot has changed in the last few years but one thing has remained the same, employees still take perks and benefits into consideration when choosing a job. Now, with the continually evolving workplace, they may be considering those perks and benefits to determine if they want to go back to any office at all.

One of the perks with the highest visibility is snacks. What are you offering your Dallas team members in way of either free snack options, healthy snack options or at least accessible snacks if they don’t want to/have time to leave the office?

If you have been using the same vending machines with the same product for longer than you can remember; it may be time to give your vending service a makeover. Here are some ways you can do that without breaking your budget:

Options for Traditional Vending

Traditional vending in the Dallas Fort Worth Area gets a bad reputation but it’s usually because the “vendors” are using outdated equipment, hand-written labels and product they bought on a clearance at a local big box store. At the very minimum your vending machines should have:

  • professional labels
  • a mix of healthy and traditional snack options
  • multiple forms of payment including: cash, mobile pay and debit/credit card readers

If you don’t have those three things, you have the wrong vendor.

If you have those three things but are craving more variety, ask your vendor for a monthly sales report, detailing what is selling (and what isn’t in your machines). Your Dallas Vending Service should be able to give you a full break down of sales and make suggestions on how to refresh the variety to best cater to your employee’s tastes.

Give Away Some Snacks

If in addition to a larger variety of product, you also want to offer snacks at a discounted rate there are three main ways to do this:

  1. Traditional Subsidy Programs – in these programs, your Dallas Fort Worth Vending Service lowers the vend price (the visible price to your team members) and bills your company for the difference in vended product each month. In other words if a candy bar typically vends for $1.50 but you want team members to pay $0.50, the price on the machine would read $0.50 and your company would be billed $1.00 for that candy bar at the end of the month
  2. Vending Bucks – these paper coupons act as money in a vending machine. Dallas Fort Worth offices typically purchase these in bulk (maybe $100 at a time) and then Supervisors, Team Leads, etc. have them to hand out at their disposal to employees who have gone above and beyond, met a deadline, exceeded expectations, volunteered for the job no one else wanted, etc.
  3. Mobile App Payment/Stipend – At Ameritex Vending we offer the latest technology from 365 Markets, allowing your team members to use their phone pay via the 365 app but also allowing you to credit their account with a free weekly/monthly stipend to use at their disposal. This device is called a Pico device and the system works like this:
    • You give us the first and last name of each employee you would like to receive a stipend along with their work email
    • Let us know how much you would like to give as a free stiped (i.e. $5/day, $20/month)
    • We set up every team member with an account and load their stipend
    • Team members download the app to access their funds and begin snacking
    • Each week/month you are billed on what was used from the uploaded funds, not what was actually uploaded
2021 Outlook: 365 Retail Market's Pico Platform Offers Convenience Services  Technology for the Future | Vending Market Watch
The 365 Pico device enables team members to purchase product from their phone but it also allows employers to provide a weekly/monthly stipend team members can use on snacks, beverages and fresh food vending machines.

Upgrade to a Micro Market

If you’re ready to say goodbye to traditional vending (aka you’re ready to think outside of the box) but you aren’t ready to fully subsidize (aka give away everything for free) a micro market may be the next best thing. You can learn more about Micro Market services here.

Just like in vending, micro markets are conducive to a subsidy and/or stipend system which could allow you to offer controlled free snacks/beverages to team members. The added benefit is that micro markets offer a wider variety of product.

Because of the larger footprint know that in most cases, for a micro market to be placed, you would need a minimum of 75 full time employees on location and would need to pair a coffee service with the market.

Providing a Customer-First Experience  

We pride ourselves on best-in-class customer service to all of our customers. In fact, we live by the mantra “clean, stocked and working”, which was coined by, Founder Johnny Wallace. This mantra is part of our foundation and it is at the forefront of everything that we do as we continue to grow the business.

For more information about adding an office coffee servicemicro-market, office pantry service, or vending service to your Dallas Fort Worth break room, contact AmeriTex Vending at 972.572.5200 or info@ameritexvending.com. We look forward to working with you!