Sell The Boss on a Micro Market!

On average a person spends 1/3 of their entire lives at work. Now, 1/3 doesn’t sound like that big of a deal till you look at … the average person works 25-30 years of the average life expectancy (in the US) of 78.74 years. During the half of your lifetime spent working, 60% of your waking time is spent at work!

60%!!!

You deserve a micro market in your workplace. Here’s how you can sell your boss on the idea:

  • Budget Isn’t A Factor!

    As many people know, management is generally MOST concerned with how the budget will be affected. In the U.S., the installation and maintenance of micro market are generally done at NO COST to the business. In fact, a micro market can SAVE a business money.  Here’s how:

    •  Micro markets use less energy than traditional vending.
    • Having healthier, happier employees reduces absenteeism and increases productivity.
    •  A company loses 20 to 60 minutes of productivity every time an employee leaves the building for a break.
    • Companies that implement wellness programs have 28% reduced sick leave and 26% reduction in medical costs.
  • Company Culture: A buzzword or actual tactic!

    In a work world now dominated by the millennial generation, employees are asking how is this company nurturing my work/life balance?  Yes, Work Life Balance it’s a real thing … in the best companies!
    A micro market is more than just a place to get a snack or some lunch. Micro markets offer so much more than the traditional items and have really become the new office “water cooler” spot.  Management can utilize a micro market as an opportunity to reward and engage employees.

  • Working Hungry? Is it worth it?

    Another culture shift in the workplace is employees not taking the time for nutrition. This practice can be detrimental to productivity. Today’s workday is unpredictable and employees spend a lot of time running from one task to another. A micro market resolves many of these issue providing a middle ground for a quick or leisurely breakfast/snack/lunch/dinner/etc.  Here is some stat to support this:

    • 31 million Americans skip breakfast each day which decreases blood sugar and brain function.
    • Having snacks available throughout the day can increase motivation and productivity, and even decrease absenteeism.
    • Employees who eat healthy all day long are 25% more likely to have higher job performance.
  • Upgrade the appearance of your space!

    A micro market can increase the appearance of your business not only to your employees or future employees but to anyone in your space. Let’s face it a bank of vending machines will never be attractive in your space, but a custom, well-designed, and self-branded market will fit in your location and meld in with your locations aesthetics.

  • Employee satisfaction & enjoyment!

    Is there really anything else to say? Increasing employee satisfaction and workplace enjoyment is always worth the change

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BREAK TIME!

In our world of work, it is not uncommon to feel the need to be readily available at all times. “There is always more work to get done and not enough time to do it!” We hear this repeatedly! Because of the stress put on people to get so much done, we are working more hours and taking fewer breaks, if any. Studies have shown that only 1 in 5 employees will take a lunch break. Of those people, some are eating lunch at their desk while they work or not eating lunch at all. This needs to stop!

Leaders and managers are the people taking the fewest breaks, but should be the people setting an example and taking frequent breaks. If employees see their senior leaders taking breaks to recharge, they might feel more comfortable taking breaks for themselves.

There are numerous reasons for why taking breaks is important! Some of those are:
  • Breaks from mental tasks improve productivity and creativity
  • Skipping breaks can cause stress and exhaustion
  • Eating lunch is important for our nutrition and health
  • Mental concentration is similar to a muscle; it becomes fatigued after sustained use and needs a rest period before it can recover
  • If management allows them, short naps improve concentration
  • We need full spectrum light; the sun’s light is important for releasing certain hormones, including serotonin
  • Breaks encourage socializing, which builds stronger team relationships

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  • Creativity and innovation happen when we change environments
  • Being outside and in nature encourages creative thinking
  • “Mindless” activities enhance creativity
  • Eating while working leads to mindless eating; mindless eating leads to poor health

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  • Desks/keyboards harbour high levels of bacteria; it’s good to get away for awhile
  • Getting away from our desks and moving around helps prevent the onset of musculoskeletal disorders (from prolonged poor posture) and potentially deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be caused by long periods of sitting
  • Breaks actually LOWER the duration of tasks, which lowers the risk of injury
  • Prolonged exertion can fatigue the body and cause injury
  • Poor posture can impede the flow of blood, impinge nerves, and injure soft tissue
Some tips to improve your breaks include:
  • Incorporate movement into your day
  • Try intense, 15 minute bursts, broken up with breaks; the thought process is not designed to be continuous
  • Go outside!
  • Take microbreaks of 30 second to 1 minute every 10 minutes to rest your arms, legs, back, neck and eyes

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  • Move the printer where you need to walk to it
  • Stand for phone calls
  • Alternate between tasks
  • If management allows, sit on a yoga ball to improve posture

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Taking breaks not only improves business and productivity, but also improves the well-being of employees. Give employees the breaks they deserve with a Three Square Market!

See more details from our sources: New York Times, NPR, Stylist, Fit for Work, & Stanford University