Your Next Vacation Destination: The Breakroom in Atlanta

Peter Drucker, an American management consultant is credited with contributing to the philosophical and practical foundations of the modern business world. He’s known for sayings like

“Management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things.”

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said” and….

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

Although traditional business practices may disagree, companies like The Container Store, Facebook, Google, etc. are proving Drucker right, putting company culture and employee happiness at the top of their priority list, having fun and making millions/billions.

Want to follow suit but not sure how to do so on a budget? Here are suggestions from Howard Chapman, Royal Cup Inc.’s Office Beverage Division President, on how to be a competitive business in this new platform by focusing on changes in the breakroom.

fresh food vending machinesCoffee is one of the cheapest employee benefits but has one of the highest perceived values. In other words, coffee, even premium brands are relatively inexpensive but by offering premium coffee in your break room you are: keeping employees on location increasing productivity, increasing energy through caffeine intake, showing your employees that you value them and their time and improving your bottom line.

$ – Drip brew coffee (ideally portion packs to contain mess and provide a consistent pot)

$$ – Bean to cup machines that use whole bean coffees to create black coffee as well as fancier beverages including lattes and mocha.

Cool Way to Save – Reach out to local coffee roasters (not the hipster kind the wholesale kind) and get coffee that’s fresher than the name brands and cheaper. Ask about branding with your company’s logo. If they can’t, make up your own names and labels for airports

Don’t Forget – A large percentage of Americans (especially Millennials) are drinking tea more than ever. Spend a couple extra cents per bag and invest in a premium selection (think Tazo, Numi, Mighty Leaf). Also, remember that when it comes to coffee and teas these days, cold is hot. Consider getting an ice machine or cold brew on tap if budget allows.

When creating your beverage menu make sure you include condiments, aka sugars and creamers, as it’s likely that a majority of your employees won’t enjoy their beverage black.

$ – Powdered creamer and sugar in canisters, after all, something is better than nothing.

$$ – If possible always get the real deal. Keep half and half in the refrigerator, flavored creamer capsules on the counter and in addition to cane sugar include sugar in the raw.

office coffe service in atlantaDeciding What Stays and What Goes – If budget doesn’t allow for flavored creamers and half and half, or for sugar alternatives and sugar in the raw cut out the imposters and keep the real deals.  Ultimately these options are healthier for your employees and healthier employees are happier employees.  With that in mind don’t forget a soy/almond milk alternative for your lactose employees.

Extra Bonus – When thinking about your break room condiments, if budget allows, include mayo, mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, salt and pepper, etc. Save money and the environment and by providing family style options instead of individual packets.

And what’s a break without snacks?

$ – Vending machines are a lot different now than they were even 5 years ago in Atlanta. You can offer your employees healthy snacks and easy payment solutions (including credit cards and mobile pay) at no cost to your company.

$ – For Atlanta companies with 250 employees consider micro markets in place of typical vending machines. These systems operate like mini convenience stores and are run by a self-checkout kiosk. Benefits include more product variety and fresher options.

$$ – Take a page out of tech playbooks and offer beverages and snacks free to Atlanta employees. Benefits include: encouraging employees to eat healthier by only offering healthy options and increased productivity by keeping employees on location longer.

Cool Way to Save – Get a service provider and DO NOT try to manage snacks and cold beverages on your own. If you only look at unit cost it may seem cheaper to go with a bulk store or insta service but when you factor in your time and efforts a provider is significantly more affordable.

Finally, no matter what you decide to offer in you break room it could mean nothing if you don’t pay attention to overall ambiance. You want your breakroom to be a place where company culture is cultivated, where employees become friends and where team bonding happens. You also want your breakroom to feel like an escape, a mini vacation from the day.

$ – Paint the walls different colors than the rest of your office. Have a bookcase where employees can swap favorite reads.

$$ – Get comfy couches and lounge chairs, a family style farm table, maybe even a TV.

For more ideas on how to cultivate company culture in your break room call your Atlanta expert, Eagle Vending at 770-426-1969. We can help you develop a plan that fits your culture from what coffee to order to what color you should paint the walls.

3 of Our Favorite Things in Atlanta

According to UCSF (and common medical science), “Excessive premature atrial contractions (PACs) have been shown to result in atrial fibrillation, stroke and death while excessive premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) have been shown to result in increased heart failure, coronary artery disease and death. Both abnormalities were tied to caffeine consumption through studies and trials, but these studies were performed several decades ago and did not use PACs and PVCs as a primary outcome.”

A recent study from UCSF, published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association, researched the chronic consumption of caffeine over a 12 month period and found that (contrary to popular belief) regular caffeine consumption does not lead to extra heartbeats.

office coffee service in Atlanta“Clinical recommendations advising against the regular consumption of caffeinated products to prevent disturbances of the heart’s cardiac rhythm should be reconsidered, as we may unnecessarily be discouraging consumption of items like chocolate, coffee and tea that might actually have cardiovascular benefits,” said senior author [of the study] Gregory Marcus, MD, MAS, a UCSF Health cardiologist and director of clinical research in the UCSF Division of Cardiology.

*And the crowd goes wild! Coffee, tea and chocolate lovers of the world rejoice!*

So if more caffeine consumption does not have a negative impact on the heart, in honor of a month dedicated to love let’s take a look at the health benefits associated with coffee, tea and chocolate; three treats that we do LOVE.

Coffee

  • Potentially protect against type 2 diabetes (Harvard School of Public Health)
  • Potentially reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease and slow shaking in existing cases (Research Institute of the McGill University Healthy Centre)
  • Lowers risk of liver cancer by about 40% (Milan’s Institute di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri)
  • Can lower the incidence of cirrhosis of the liver in alcohol drinkers by about 22% (Kaiser Permanente)
  • Can protect against heart failure (Harvard School of Public Health)

office cofee and tea service in AtlantaTea  

According to Time.com certain teas can:

  • Boost exercise endurance
  • Reduce the risk of heart attack
  • Protect against a “boatload” of cancers including: breast, colon, skin, lung, stomach, liver, ovarian and prostrate
  • Improve bone mineral density

Chocolate

According to huffingtonpost.com chocolate can:

  • Reduce stroke risk
  • Lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Improve skin (dark chocolate has antioxidants that can offer protection from UV damage
  • Improve blood flow
  • Boost you mood

There are a lot of benefits to offering a coffee/tea and vending services at your Atlanta office including increasing employee engagement, increasing productivity, improving employee happiness, and increasing your bottom line. Now you may want to add improving employee health (decreasing sick time) to the list.

For more information on the health benefits of coffee, tea and chocolate (three of our favorite things) or to find out how you can start a coffee and tea service at your Atlanta location today, call Eagle Vending at (770) 426-1969. One of our team specialists will be happy to help you create a program that best fits your company’s needs in Atlanta and that correlates with your company’s health and wellness programs.

Research Finds Coffee Improves Physical Endurance in Atlanta

Ask the average coffee drinker in Atlanta what they like most about coffee, and you’ll office coffee service in Atlantahear a range of answers. The taste. The pick-me-up. The break from the routine. The social aspect. All benefits having to do with improving one’s mental performance.
But physical performance is also entering the discussion, thanks to recent scientific research.
According to a University of Georgia study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, coffee can improve an athlete’s physical endurance. Researcher Simon Higgins reviewed more than 600 scholarly articles studying the effects of caffeine on physical endurance. He discovered that randomized control trials indicated coffee improves endurance.
Higgins, a third-year doctoral student in kinesiology in the College of Education, found that between 3 and 7 milligrams per kilogram of body weight of caffeine from coffee improved endurance performance by an average of 24 percent.
The subjects in the trials either cycled or ran after drinking coffee. They then exercised vigorously and the results were measured. In most cases, endurance noticeably improved. These benefits are referred to as “ergogenic,” meaning they enhance physical performance.
This new research will be interesting to customers involved in sports and recreational activities, and those with physically demanding jobs.
Higgins also realized that more research is needed on the use of caffeine from coffee versus pure caffeine use.
“There’s the potential that getting your caffeine by drinking coffee has similar endurance benefits as taking caffeine pills,” Higgins said. “Previous research has focused on caffeine itself as an aid to improve endurance. While there is a lack of high-quality research on coffee as a source of caffeine, there is an abundance of research on pure caffeine. It’s surprising how little we know about caffeine from coffee when its endurance effects could be just as beneficial as pure caffeine.”
Office Coffee Service in Atlanta“There’s a perception that coffee won’t give you the same benefits as pure caffeine,” he said. “New research could mean that athletes could have a cup of coffee versus taking a pill.”
More research is needed before giving official recommendations to athletes, Higgins noted, especially since the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee can vary depending on how it’s prepared. The amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee can vary from 75 mg to more than 150, depending on the variety and how it’s roasted and brewed.
“There is a caveat to athletes using coffee: Be careful because you don’t know how much caffeine is in some coffee, especially when it’s prepared by someone else,” he said. Athletes should discuss their caffeine with their sports dietician since the NCAA lists it as a banned substance.
These findings are among several health-related benefits associated with coffee in recent years. It’s safe to say that coffee’s effect on human health has been rehabilitated.
Recent studies have also credited moderate coffee intake with reducing the risk of heart disease, brain cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. Improving your physical endurance is one of many benefits of drinking coffee in Atlanta.
To find out more about coffee solutions for your Atlanta business, contact your refreshment services partner Eagle Vending at (770) 426-1969.