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3 breakroom foods that fuel energy

Designer Creative - Wednesday, March 13, 2019


It’s 2:30 p.m. on a Wednesday. You were flying through your to-do list earlier, and now you’ve stalled out.


But you can get over the afternoon slump with a quick trip to a breakroom Market – offering a variety of energy boosters, including these:




Nuts are overflowing with protein and healthy fats. Not to mention their extensive supply of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Our top picks:




Many fruits are considered superfoods because they’re loaded with nutrients. An extra jolt of vitamin C and potassium should get you back on track. Our top picks:




Cocoa increases your body’s blood flow, which keeps oxygen moving to the muscles and brain. In addition, chocolate is proven to improve moods – making you more pleasant to be around. Our top picks:





Ready to boost your productivity? Learn more about how a breakroom Market can help.


4 office coffee stats you need to know

Designer Creative - Wednesday, March 13, 2019


We could just tell you that coffee keeps workers alert and productive. That it boosts morale and encourage collaboration. That having coffee available on-site decreases employee breaks. Or we could go a step beyond and prove it. Take a look at the statistics behind workplace coffee solutions.


No. 1) 29% of workers say they need coffee to stay alert.*


Employees don’t enjoy peak energy levels all day. They tend to lag during the early morning and midafternoon. A caffeine jolt helps them get over the slump.


No. 2) 46% of workers say coffee increases their productivity level.*


With one beverage, you can improve productivity for almost half your workforce. Over time, that equals more finished projects, which can boost your bottom line.


No. 3) 19% of office workers brainstorm better around the coffee machine.*


The best ideas require collaboration and “talking it out.” An office coffee machine placed in a central location brings employees together and fuels their ingenuity.


No. 4) If it isn’t available on-site, coffee runs take an average of 20 minutes daily per employee.*


Your employees are going to drink coffee. And if you don’t make it easy to access, they’ll go out of their way to find it. This adds up to substantial lost time and productivity, costing your organization money in the long run.
Reward your employees and keep them moving with Burch’s Office Coffee program.

Schedule a free tasting today.




3 great benefits of an on-site Market

Designer Creative - Wednesday, January 30, 2019
  1. What does mealtime look like for your employees? If their only options are drive-thrus or vending machines, your organization is missing out. An on-site Market offering fresh food provides a variety of benefits, including these:


1) More work time


If you’re not offering meal options on-site, employees spend most of their lunch break braving crowded parking lots and waiting in drive-thru lines. Running late is common. With a convenient Market, employees eat a hassle-free meal and get back to work quicker with fewer distractions, improving productivity.


2) Employee connections


A 2016 Gallup poll found that people with friends at work are 43 percent more likely to receive praise for a job well done. Relationships with co-workers keep employees connected, increasing their loyalty to an organization. An on-site Market encourages these connections, which enhances workplace culture.


3) Improved bottom line


  1. Bringing a Market to your organization may result in
    - increased productivity
    - improved employee health
    - cost savings
    - better employee retention



Curious about what a breakroom Market entails? Find out by signing up for a free demo here.

3 questions to ask when evaluating your organization’s breakroom

Designer Creative - Monday, December 03, 2018


As your company evolves, your needs change. So a breakroom that once fit your organization perfectly may no longer be as effective. To review whether your breakroom is accomplishing what it should, start with these three questions.

1.Is your organization operating at optimal productivity?

There are many factors that influence employee productivity, and you can’t control all of them. But there are several you can control – and they start in your break room. The right food service solution keeps employees on-site, providing fresh food options 24/7 to bolster focus and efficiency, which in turn equals more productivity. It’s a win-win.

2.Is employee turnaround high at your company?

With unemployment rates low, it becomes even more important to distinguish your company from other employers when it comes to retaining current employees and recruiting new hires. On-site food service and office coffee programs are well-recognized as employee benefits – if they offer what employees are looking for. Adding food-based perks is proven to increase employee satisfaction and make them less likely to take a job with another company. Plus, having on-site meal options where employees eat together helps cement workplace relationships.

3.Is your organization’s workforce healthy?

Making healthier food options, like fresh fruits, vegetables and salads available on-site supports employees as they strive to achieve personal health goals, and also may have a positive effect on your bottom line by lowering company health insurance costs. When your workforce is healthier, they’re also happier, more energetic and more productive – all of which benefits your business.

If your current food service company isn’t supporting your organization’s goals, there’s a better solution. A customizable Burch Market helps improve productivity, morale and employee health.


Schedule a demo to see what it can bring to your organization.




Why you should add healthy options to your organization’s breakroom

Designer Creative - Friday, November 02, 2018

If you’ve ever tried to stick with a diet plan, you know how frustrating it can be to have nothing available besides processed foods high in calories, sugar and fat. Your employees understand that too. They need the right tools and support to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here’s why company-wide wellness is important:


1) It encourages loyalty


Forty-four percent of employees eat healthier while working from home compared to being on-site, according to a survey by Robert Half International. The difference? Healthy foods are readily available in their fridges.


When employees have easy on-site access to foods that support their diets, your company sends a message that it cares about its employees and takes an interest in their health. And employees who feel valued are more likely to stay with an organization long-term than those who don’t.


2) It increases productivity


It’s not a profound concept: When you feel well, you get more done. Healthy snacks energize workers throughout the day, instead of causing a temporary sugar rush then crash (we’ve all been there).


For your business, improved health means fewer sick days and more finished projects, resulting in higher revenue.


3) It jump-starts other wellness initiatives


Adding healthy options to your company’s breakroom is only the first step in creating a wellness culture throughout your organization. Expand health initiatives to include wellness challenges, incentives and other programs that help your employees get in shape to keep your workforce strong and productive, and can help reduce benefits costs in the long run.


Not sure what to include in your breakroom? A Burch representative will guide you through the process with a free Micro-Market demo. Schedule it today. [link to http://www.burchfood.com/request-a-demo.html

3 easy ways to keep employees hydrated this summer

Designer Creative - Wednesday, August 01, 2018


As the temperature creeps up, you may notice employees becoming uncharacteristically lethargic and less productive. There could be a simple cause: dehydration.


Dehydration means the body is low on water. The best way to avoid getting dehydrated is by consuming plenty of fluids – six to eight glasses a day. Here are some strategies for keeping employees hydrated.


1) Make water easy to access.


The watercooler has become a workplace staple for one simple reason: It keeps employees productive. Plus, gathering around the cooler can strengthen employee relationships and create a cohesive work environment. Learn more about bringing a water program to your organization. 


2) Offer fruits and veggies on-site.


Most vegetables and fruits are more than 80 percent water. Even if employees aren’t fond of plain old H2O, they can stay hydrated by munching on these healthy options. As a bonus, the nutrients in fruits and veggies promote employee health and may lower insurance costs. Find out how to bring fruits and veggies to your breakroom.


3) Keep sports drinks stocked.


As employees sweat on hot days, they lose sodium, potassium and chloride. This makes it hard for the body to function properly and for employees to maintain optimal productivity. Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade replenish electrolytes to keep employees alert and energized. Stock sports drinks in your organization’s breakroom to keep your team energized and healthy. 


If you’re interested in keeping employees productive, schedule a Micro-Market demo to find out how easy it can be. 


How a wellness program can lower absenteeism

Designer Creative - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The U.S. Dept. of Labor estimates that on any given day, three percent of an employer’s workforce is absent. It comes at a high price – about 21% of total payroll each year – and the affect is even greater when taking into account lost productivity, decreased morale and temporary labor costs.


Topping the list of reasons why employees miss work is illness. From seasonal viruses to chronic diseases, employee health takes a major toll on missed work. But there is something you can do to combat it. Workplace wellness programs have been shown to reduce absenteeism for a variety of reasons, including:


    • - Lowering stress among workers
        • - Promoting positive, long-term health behaviors
          • - Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels
    • - Decreasing obesity
    All of that leads to a healthier workforce, and ultimately, fewer sick days. Burch Food Services partners with organizations to promote wellness programs through healthy break room food service solutions. Explore what that could mean for your business: http://www.burchfood.com/wellness.html


    Why you should add coffee to your workflow

    Designer Creative - Friday, May 11, 2018

    Plenty of foods can help you improve your productivity overall.


    According to WebMD, broccoli and spinach help with memory retention. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that workers with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol may have higher absentee rates, but consuming foods like yogurt high in potassium and cooked oatmeal will help lower both.


    But none of these foods improve your productivity right now.


    If you want an immediate boost to your workflow, a cup of coffee is a better option.


    How coffee works so fast


    When you’re awake, your body produces adenosine. Adenosine works sort of like an internal clock. As it builds up throughout the day, you’ll get signals to go to sleep.


    Caffeine in coffee blocks adenosine from binding with its receptors, so you don’t get those signals. In other words, caffeine is the goalie that stops adenosine from scoring.


    The pituitary gland thinks the lack of adenosine binding means something bad is happening – similar to if you broke your arm – and will produce adrenaline, giving you a boost. In addition, caffeine also slows the absorption of dopamine, allowing more to build up which makes you feel good about whatever you’re working on.


    This sensation lasts about six hours, helping you to get more work done in a good mood.


    Add the convenience of a one-stop coffee shop to your organization and experience an incredible boost to your output.


    How to happily crave healthy foods

    Designer Creative - Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Have you ever glared with envy at a co-worker who sidestepped the pizza for a salad without complaint? Sure, you could probably eat a salad, but why would you do that when there is perfectly good pizza?
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you wanted the salad instead of the pizza? Wouldn’t it be easier to stay within your daily calories and eat more fruits and vegetables if your body actually craved them?
    Well, there’s good news.
    You can actually train your brain to crave healthy foods. But it takes some willpower to get started.
    To unlock the ability to crave fresh fruit and vegetables, you first have to understand why you desire high-calorie meals.


    Typical reasons we crave unhealthy food


    1. The price tag
    At a quick glance, the cost of fresh meals can seem higher than alternatives. If you’re trying to keep more cash in your bank account, you might be tempted to see the short-term gains of choosing unhealthy options.


    2. The convenience

    Running through the drive-thru before or after work is easy. Taking the time to slow down and think about what you’re eating and how it fits with the rest of what you’ve eaten that day can be hard work.


    3. Emotions associated with sugar, fats and salt

    Almost everyone has some sort of treat on their birthday. Over time, we associate treats with celebrations and good feelings. Ever stress eat when things don’t seem to be going your way? This habit is basically a ritual to summon good feelings – even if those good feelings don’t address the problem causing you stress.


    So how do we kick these habits?


    First, decide which of the previous habits most describes your relationship with unhealthy foods. Even if you were nodding your head along to all three, pick one to focus on for now.


    Next, you’ll mentally prepare to address those issues. Here are a few examples to help you get started.


    “Healthy foods aren’t affordable.”


    Last year, the USDA published a study that found the opposite of this myth. Kevin Concannon, former under secretary at the USDA, said “Protein foods and food high in saturated fat, added sugars and sodium were all more expensive than fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains.”


    Plus, combining a healthy diet with regular exercise is more likely to save you money in the long run due to fewer health issues associated with poor food intake.


    “Unhealthy food is easier.”


    This is one where you’ll need to summon a little willpower. Food prep can’t get much easier than peeling a banana. Unhealthy foods seem easier because over the years, you’ve probably developed a habit of reaching for them instead of other options. Look at the variety of foods available, and ask yourself if a fresh-food option would really be more difficult to eat.


    “Certain foods make me happy.”


    The trick here is to ask yourself what it is about these foods that makes you happy. Is it the taste? Do they inspire memories of good times? Once you know why certain foods elicit happy emotions, you can find other activities to fill the gap after you’ve eliminated them from your diet.


    Once you’ve established why you crave certain foods, you can change your mindset.


    1. Don’t snack mindlessly.
    Eating while browsing the internet, watching TV or working can lead to dissatisfaction. At meals, no matter what you’re eating, tune out distractions and focus on tasting the complex flavors in front of you.


    2. Slow down.
    It’s so easy to rush through a meal when you’re hungry but doing so means you’re not able to fully enjoy it. One trick to help you slow down your meal is to drink more of your beverage. Every few bites, set down your fork or lean back from your plate and enjoy a refreshing drink. Water provides a great way to cleanse your palate so your taste buds do not get bored.


    3. Find another stress outlet.
    If you’re eating certain foods as a way to feel better, you need to replace that entire activity with something else. Finding someone to talk to might be enough. Some enjoy activities such as using adult coloring books, exercising or journaling.


    If you’re reaching for certain foods because you want them to help you feel better, you have to recognize that the feeling will be short-lived.
    Retraining your brain to associate fresh and healthy foods with positive emotions will take time. You didn’t just wake up one day loving sugary or fatty foods – you learned to love them as you aged.
    Start with small changes first – like adding an orange to your usual breakfast – and if you stick to it, you’ll become the co-worker that goes for the salad.

    How employees taking lunch benefits your organization

    Designer Creative - Thursday, March 29, 2018


    When growing a business, employee turnover rates and productivity levels are major concerns. As you look for ways to retain employees and increase efficiency, you may be overlooking a simple solution: lunch.


    On-site breakrooms with a variety of food options promote a strong company culture. Here is how regular lunch breaks produce better employees:



    Workers accomplish more.


    A full day of work takes a toll both physically and mentally. Toward the end of the day, energy levels drop and productivity wanes.


    An early afternoon break allows the brain and body to rest for a bit, and a healthy meal provides nutrients to keep employees alert and focused throughout the afternoon. The Staples Advantage Workplace Index reports that 76 percent of employers and workers recognize an increase in productivity following a break. Employees return to their jobs energized and ready to face the afternoon’s tasks.


    Workers are happier.


    Lunch breaks allow employees to unwind and relieve stress. Getting away from a to-do list lets the mind refocus, so projects don’t seem so daunting. This is especially true if workers dine with friends, discussing ideas and sharing laughs.


    Decreased stress leads to higher job satisfaction, improved loyalty and an overall stronger team. As an added bonus, happy workers are 12 percent more productive, according to a University of Warwick study.


    Providing an on-site dining solution gives your employees a convenient location to take lunch without having to face crowded parking lots or long drive-thru lines. Find out how Burch Food Services can create customized dining options for your organization. Schedule a Micro-Market demo today.