THE TEAM behind the launch of Liquidline Dublin, a supplier of commercial beverage solutions, is sharing their advice on attracting workers back to the office post-lockdown, and at the heart of their plan – coffee!
The workplace has been slowly evolving over the past few years, but the work from home experiment of the past 12 months has accelerated this and now there’s no denying change.
At the height of the pandemic more than 40% of paid hours completed in Ireland were done so from home, compared to around 9% the year before. Many organisations sceptical of homeworking embraced the concept and found many of their team worked more productively at home. Furthermore, research at the end of 2020 found that 6 in 10 Irish workers would prefer to work from home part time when life returns to normal, and the government plans on putting in legislation to support this.
Not all tasks can be completed from home though, with collaborative working and decision making suffering as a result of remote working.
With the vaccination programme in full swing, employers will need to work hard to create an outstanding office experience that encourages workers back to the office more frequently, which is where an office coffee culture can help.
What is an Office Coffee Culture?
With the overall purpose of the workplace changing to facilitate tasks that can’t be performed effectively from home, businesses will need to reorganise their offices, providing more space for collaborative working.
But it’s not just about designing a pleasant physical space, it’s about creating a positive company culture that encourages communication and creativity, where people can thrive, and introducing the principles of ‘cafe culture’ can help to create this.
Simply create a laid-back, open plan seating area with comfy chairs and a top quality bean to cup coffee machine. Combined with a relaxed atmosphere, this is exactly the place where good ideas will happen!
By providing a touchless coffee machine, you can also reduce common touch points within the workplace, providing additional peace of mind at this current time.
Benefits of Office Coffee Culture
It’s very difficult to find new, innovative and creative solutions when staring at a screen in a grey box for 8 hours a day. Exchanging ideas in a relaxed environment with a fantastic cup of coffee to fuel creativity could be the solution your business needs to empower a deflated workforce.
Workplace wellbeing is no longer ‘nice to have’ and the Irish government is currently in the process of developing their Healthy Workplace Framework.
An integral part of wellbeing is making healthy decisions, and whilst coffee won’t give you the same effects of healthy eating and exercise, it can contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Caffeine helps to increase your metabolic rate, contains essential nutrients including vitamins B2, B3 and B5 and can drastically improve performance when exercising.
Coffee is also scientifically proven to increase the transmission of serotonin (the happy hormone) in the brain, which not only makes you more alert, but also improves your mood.
Offering employees small perks goes a long way in helping them to feel valued, which in turn increases productivity, engagement and helps to retain staff. A fantastic cup of barista quality coffee is one such perk, especially if it saves a trip to Starbucks first thing in the morning.
To find out more about the benefits of workplace coffee or to find the perfect coffee machine for your business, please visit: https://www.liquidline.ie/workplace/