The ROI of Providing Free Snacks at Work

by Justin Reynolds on Oct 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

snacks at workYou can’t expect your workers to reach their full potential when they’re starving, hangry, or even just a bit peckish.

If you want your team to become as productive as possible, you need to do everything in your power to make sure they’re well-fed. That way, instead of combating hunger pangs and daydreaming about what they’re going to eat next, your workers can focus more intently on the task at hand.

This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to splurge on breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all your employees, however. Believe it or not, simply providing healthy snacks at work can go a long way toward energizing your workers thereby making your company more effective.

 

The Snacking Trend

Snacking is becoming more common than it used to be. According to a recent Mintel study, 94% of Americans say they snack at least once a day. This trend is being driven by millennials in particular who understand the importance of healthy snacking and how it correlates to energy and nutrition.

When you provide snacks for your employees, you enable them to reclaim a certain chunk of time from their weeks. Maybe over the course of a week each employee saves an hour of time — which is significant.

What’s more, healthy snacks reduce the likelihood that your workers will consume junk food that lowers their energy over the course of the day. In turn, your team becomes more productive. Instead of having to walk a few blocks or drive somewhere to get something to munch on, they only have to walk a few yards to your office kitchen to grab a tasty treat. Work flow doesn’t get significantly disrupted.

Snacking at work

 

The ROI of Snacks at Work

When you stop to think about it, the ROI of providing snacks at work is quite obvious. Not only do you get a team that’s more energized and has more time to tackle its workload, employees will also appreciate the fact that they themselves don’t have to reach into their own wallets to buy snacks.

Again, this is something millennials will perhaps enjoy the most. On average, this younger cohort eats 3.05 snacks each day compared to Gen Xers who eat 2.26 snacks and baby boomers who eat 1.53 snacks, according to Euromonitor. So not only does snacking increase your team’s output, it also can serve as a not-so-common perk that attracts top talent — and convinces them to stick around.

As a business owner, you have a billion things on your plate each day. That being the case, you might not have enough time to head to the store to buy snacks. And even if you did, you might also worry that you don’t know which snacks your employees will like.

Good news: You can provide healthy snacks to your team without even going to the grocery store at all. Services like SnackNation make it easy to keep your workplace pantry well-stocked. Healthy snacks made by new and emerging brands are delivered right to your office. Snacks rotate every month, so your workers won’t get tired of munching on the same things either.

 

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This post was written by Justin Reynolds

Justin Reynolds is a freelance copywriter, journalist, and editor based in Connecticut.

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