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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. 


 

Three ingredients for an energized morning

Designer Creative - Thursday, March 15, 2018

 

If you find yourself dragging throughout the day, your morning nutrition may be to blame. Not eating a healthy breakfast means your body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to tackle the day’s tasks.
 
Boost your energy level and productivity by building a balanced breakfast.

 

1) Start with protein.

 

Adding extra protein at the start of the day keeps you feeling full longer, so you snack less later. Protein also helps regulate your metabolism, and regularly eating protein-rich breakfasts reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

 

Eggs, yogurt and nuts are great ways to include protein in your breakfast.

 

2) Add complex carbs.

 

Like protein, complex carbs help regulate metabolism, but they also provide an immediate energy boost and are good sources of fiber. Possibly most important throughout the workday, complex carbs improve concentration and brain function.

 

Add complex carbs by selecting whole grains, such as oatmeal.

 

3) Include fruit.

 

Get a jump-start on your daily food group servings by adding a serving of fruit to your breakfast. With a large variety of vitamins and minerals, including potassium and vitamin C, fruit provides the nutrients your body needs to stay in top shape.

 

Choose your favorites: bananas, oranges, pineapples and many more.

 

Even on a tight morning schedule, a balanced breakfast is completely doable. Consider simple combinations like a banana and peanut butter or yogurt mixed with fresh fruit. Stop by a Burch Micro-Market and select nutritious options to start your day.

 

3 reasons a breakroom food service program is great for employees

Designer Creative - Saturday, February 24, 2018

It’s late in the evening. Your stomach is growling, and a project deadline is fast approaching. You could possibly step away for a few minutes, but running out for fast food and dealing with traffic isn’t viable.

 

Your only option is to power through until you finish, knowing your focus and quality of work will be lower than usual.

 

Unfortunately, this scenario can be a real-life dilemma for many employees. And those who frequently work long or extra hours without compensation can develop employee burnout. According to Kronos Inc., 95% of human resource leaders surveyed said employee burnout is destroying workforce retention.*

 

An easy solution for keeping employees motivated, even during the busy season, is a breakroom food service program.

 

Increase morale
In a survey of full-time professionals conducted by Seamless, 57 percent** said they would feel more appreciated by their employers if they had food-based perks. That doesn’t necessarily mean food should be free. Simply giving your workforce easy access to a range of high-quality snacks and beverages can make a substantial difference in their moods. Plus, your workforce is more likely to stay on-site during lunch breaks if they have access to a variety of food options.

 

Build internal relations
In the same Seamless survey, one out of every two participants said that sharing a meal with another staff member fosters better working relationships.** When employees feel comfortable communicating with each other, they find work more relaxing and beneficial. Stocked breakrooms encourage conversation, breaking down barriers that might stall productivity.

 

Improve employee retention

According to Forbes, employees who are happy and have good relationships in the workplace are less likely to jump ship – saving you money trying to find and train replacements.*** In fact, in the Seamless survey, 41 percent said that food perks with their current employer would deter them from accepting an offer from another company.**

 

Opting for a food service program in your organization’s breakroom is an excellent way to thank your workforce for their dedication and to convince new employees that it’s worth sticking around.

 

Learn how we’re revolutionizing on-site food service. Request a demo.

 

*https://www.kronos.com/about-us/newsroom/employee-burnout-crisis-study-reveals-big-workplace-challenge-2017

 

**Seamless (https://pages.c.seamless.com/foodintheworkplace2014survey.html)

 

*** https://www.forbes.com/sites/victorlipman/2015/10/10/why-do-employees-leave-their-jobs-new-survey-offers-answers/#7e7386157ea1

 

This is why organizations with breakrooms have successful teams

Designer Creative - Monday, August 14, 2017

Building a motivated and successful workforce begins with one key ingredient: loyalty. Loyalty is the difference between your team volunteering to stay late when a project is on deadline and hitting the road with the job half done. When asked by friends if your employees enjoy their job, loyalty is what motivates an enthusiastic “yes.”

 

While easy to discuss, loyalty isn’t simple to build or maintain. But there are some simple steps you can take to help lay the foundation, and it starts right in your breakroom. With a few changes, you can boost company morale, increase productivity and create happily loyal employees.

 

Upgrade your breakroom with free coffee and supplies.

A functioning coffee spot can vastly motivate employees to arrive to work on time – they won’t have to stop for coffee or brew it at home. Throw in extras like creamer, sweetener, sugar and stirrers, and they’ll be able to make it just the way they like. The caffeine in coffee already acts as a productivity reinforcement, but branding the beverage as an employee perk will make it seem like a reward for continued good work. When employees feel rewarded for their actions, they’re more likely to stay with your organization and produce the results you need.

 

Dub a day of the week or month “Lunch Break In.”

Team building doesn’t have to mean taking a day to half-heartedly solve color-coded puzzles. Instead, keep team building low key and free of pressure by hosting a meal on-site. Encouraging employees to frequently eat together will improve communication overall. Because breakroom tables create environments for natural conversation, communication among employees will grow stronger and solidify a broad sense of companionship and – you guessed it – loyalty to each other and their employer.

 

Make eating convenient instead of a chore.

Packing a lunch before work isn’t the most fun task in the world. And forgetting to pack a lunch when you work somewhere that doesn’t offer the means to easily obtain food requires you going off-site or going hungry. When employees leave the property or go without food entirely, productivity decreases. Employees with easy access to snacks, beverages and meals are more likely to perceive work as a positive setting.

By providing tasty food options, like those in a Burch Micro-Market, employees can buy a variety of their favorites without going off-site. It’s more convenient than packing a lunch, and Burch Micro-Markets can be completely customized to your workforce, including supporting wellness initiatives.

 

Take the first step toward improving employee loyalty: Learn more about Micro-Markets.


 

 

3 foods that can improve your health

Designer Creative - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Healthy Foods

 

Eating healthy isn’t always easy, and it’s especially tough if you find yourself in a rut of eating the same foods over and over. Ever experienced salad burn-out? But there are a lot of great, healthy options out there. Just look in your Burch break room for inspiration:

 


 

MANDARIN ORANGES 

While small, they are nutrient-packed are a perfect add-on to your meal or a quick snack.  They help in building your immune system, are great for your hair and skin health, and have been known to help reduce blood pressure and fight cholesterol. 

 


NUTS

Nuts such as almonds contain lots of healthy fats as well as fiber and protein. They also have a good dose of vitamin D, and can even help promote weight loss.

 

 


BANANAS

Offering up a large dose of potassium, bananas not only fill you up, but can have a positive affect on blood pressure. They can also reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack, and provide a boost to your bones and kidneys as well.

Interested in exploring more healthy food options? Check out your nearest Burch break room or explore our Micro-Market options: http://www.burchfood.com/micro-markets.html


 

The Benefits of On-Site Solutions

Designer Creative - Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Five ways keeping your workforce on-site helps improve your business.

 

 

Businesses of all sizes are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve efficiency, boost the bottom line and keep employee morale high. A good place to start? Your breakroom. Providing a quality food service experience has been proven to impact business success. Here’s how:

 

 

1.)Increased Productivity

Employees take less time than eating off-site, hold meetings and exchange ideas during onsite meals.

 

 

2.) Recruitment & Retention Benefits

Quality food service is an amenity; studies have shown it can directly contribute to workforce job satisfaction. In addition, it offers employees a wide variety of food at a better value than outside competition.

 

 

3.) Enhanced Employee Camaraderie & Morale

Provides a place for the workforce to socialize, building a rapport and sense of team.

 

 

4.) Multi-Functional Space

Breakroom facilities can serve as a communications center for organization-wide activities, showcasing new initiatives and programs, hosting celebrations and more.

 

 

5.) Health & Wellness

Allows organizations to promote healthy food choices and bolster internal wellness initiatives, which can lower healthcare costs and lost time from illness.

 

Want to learn more? Find out how solutions like Micro-Markets from Burch Food Services can benefit your business: http://bit.ly/2kQ6jYZ