Give me a Break(room) in Atlanta!

Having happy employees is about more than paying the highest wages. Young business woman eating sandwich on workplace.
In their article “How Zappos Creates Happy Customers and Employees” greatplacetowork.com shared insights and practices from Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.
Hsieh believes that workplace culture needs to take priority first because “a company’s culture and a company’s brand are really just two sides of the same coin. What goes around the office comes around to the customer.”
So how do you create a happy culture, happy employees in Atlanta?
Hsieh believes that happiness is comprised of 4 key aspects:
• Perceived control
• Perceived progress
• Connectedness (meaning the number and depth of your relationships)
• Being a part of something bigger than yourself
iStock_000005739545SmallIf you’re in HR, facilities, acting as office manager or running your own business and having a difficult time cultivating a happy workplace, may we suggest one simple fix that could help promote all 4 of Hsieh’s key to happiness aspects?
Redesign your break room!
A well designed break room can give employees in Atlanta a retreat to refocus when things feel out of control, a feeling of productivity when returning to work, connection to other employees and a chance to celebrate both individual and corporate successes.
In his article “10 Essentials of the Most Successful Companies’ Break Rooms” on Inc.com, Jayson Demers, Founder and CEO of AudienceBloom suggests 10 ideas to make the break room a focal point for office health, happiness, and productivity. Here are some of his ideas:
1. Offer Free Coffee – It’s affordable and caffeine increase attention spans, improves focus and boosts mental energy
2. Make it Different – The break room needs to feel like a retreat. Make it look different than the rest of the office: paint the walls different colors, decorate with fun posters and stay away from anything serious.
3. Games – Give employees a create outlet which in turn promotes creativity back at their desks. Games also encourage employee bonding.
4. Provide Healthy Snacks – You can help employees curb hunger with a healthy choice. Give employees healthy options decrease the chances of them reaching for something high in sugar that spike insulin and results in energy crashes.
5. Celebrate – Employee birthdays and anniversaries, team successes, celebrate it all in the break room. This should be a happy place only, take disciplinary meetings elsewhere.
6. Entertainment – A TV gives employees who might have nothing to talk about a focal point for conversation. Industry books, pop culture magazines and news gives employees an opportunity to educate themselves quickly while also fostering break room conversation.
7. Suggestions – Ask employees what they want and when in reason give it to them! Avanti MarketsAccording to the Society of Human Resources Management 43% of organizations use surveys to determine employee satisfaction and 81% review benefits once a year. Use free online survey tools (like surveymonkey.com) to give your employees a voice and then respond so that they know you listened.
Finally, take a hint from the tech world, where companies like Google and Facebook, give meals to their employees. Can’t afford to do it every day? There’s no need to. Pick one day a week and offer a family breakfast or lunch where everyone dines together. Studies show that eating a meal together can promote connectivity with employees and when employees feel connected to each other they are more likely to work together and settle arguments quickly.
For more information on cultivating happiness in your Atlanta workplace or to find out about our office coffee and healthy snack services call Eagle Vending today at (770) 426-1969 or email us at mail@eaglevendone.com. We have solutions for every budget!

The Secret to a Successful Business Meeting in Atlanta

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” – George Bernard Shawfresh wrap
Show your employees and guests that your company loves them by providing food that fuels the body and mind at your next meeting.
According to ECG, a communications strategy company, “People are always forming and adapting their perceptions of you and your business. Make sure your food choices say the right things about you.”
In addition to shaping perceptions food also can make the difference between “focused, appreciative, alert participants and angry, bloated, drowsy ones.”
Finally eating food together is a communal act that eases people into a meeting and helps them relax.
Middle Aged Man Eating SaladSo how do you make sure you get the right food that feeds, fuels and fosters community throughout Atlanta? According to ECG you need to have good EATS
Ease of consumption – Avoid messy and difficult to eat foods
Audience – Be sensitive to your guests and their special needs
Timing – When you serve can dictate what you serve
Selection – Make sure you offer your guests a variety of menu options
Some other things to keep in mind:
• People are least attentive after a holiday or weekend. Make sure to ALWAYS supply coffee at your meetings so that caffeine can work its magic
• Provide energy sustaining food – think almonds, whole grains, natural sugars from fruit
• Keep it healthy – donuts are delicious but won’t sustain for long
• What you do for guests do for your employees – 78% of companies polled said they do not supply snacks at internal meetings.

Still not sure what to provide at your next breakfast or lunch meeting? Call your Atlanta vendor Eagle Vending today at (770) 426.1969 or email us at mail@eaglevendone.com. Our coffee and healthy snack services could be exactly what you need to make your next meeting a success!