Advantages to Vending in the Workplace

Vending machines are a common staple in most workplaces, but are there any real advantages to having a vending machine in the office? Absolutely! Having a vending machine that your employees can utilize has multiple advantages that cannot be overlooked, including increased productivity, low maintenance and keeping your employees healthy.

Picture this. Two o’clock rolls around and your employees are starting to get hungry and restless, but they have a major deadline they have to meet by 5pm. In order to get it done, they need to leave the office, go pick up a snack and then come back. That time that they spent doing that could have gone towards finishing the project. Instead, they have to work even harder to make up for that time. If they had access to a vending machine in the office, however, they would not waste as much time looking for a snack. Instead, they simply have to go to the machine, vend a product and get back to working on the project. It allows your employees to stay productive and focused throughout the entire day.

One of the best aspects about vending machines is that they are low maintenance. You can do just about everything yourself, directly onsite, meaning that you do not have to pay anyone to run a vending machine. Plus, restocking products is a simple task that can be done in no time. If a problem should arise, however, technical support through Vendnet is always available to help. They have a library of troubleshooting videos, manuals and even a place to order parts for your vending machine.

By providing a vending machine with healthy food and beverage options, you are doing your part to ensure that your employees are living a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, having healthy food options, such as granola bars or yogurt parfaits, will allow your employees to focus more on the task at hand. Not all of your products need to be healthy but having a mix of healthy and unhealthy options means that all of your employees will be satisfied throughout the day.

It is important that you set your employees up for success in the workplace. Having vending machines in your office allows your employees to stay productive throughout and live a healthy lifestyle. For more information about vending in the workplace, call us at 855-296-8064.

The Importance of Proper Guidance for Employees

For many employees, the employee handbook is only one small piece of working for a company – a piece quickly forgotten. They read it, forget it and get on with learning and doing their job. While this may not be ideal from and employer perspective, it is important to realize that forgetting the employee handbook is a luxury only available to employees. As an employer, the employee handbook is an important tool for communicating with your workers and protecting your company from unnecessary lawsuits.

The importance of an in-depth employee handbook

The employee handbook explains a number of things to your employees – things that they need to understand to integrate effectively with your company. It not only tells them the history of your business and your mission and goals, it explains hard and fast rules for getting along in the company. It lays down the law on what is and is not acceptable.

In addition to the rules of your company, the handbook also lays out the specific laws that are applicable to employment with your company. There are federal and state laws pertaining to employment – and perhaps to safety in your particular industry – that employees need to be aware of.

All of this information is put down in clear writing that is then explained to the employee by your company. Employees can look to the handbook for clarification, as well as to management and human resources if applicable. The important thing is, all parties have the same reference – the handbook.

The handbook protects your company

You company could do everything right, operating well within the law and treating your employees fairly. This does not protect you from legal action by unscrupulous parties – even people you have hired and taken care of. Companies are sued all the time whether they do anything wrong or not. But, as long as you are obeying the law and have solid documentation to back you up – such as with your employee handbook, you should be able to effectively defend yourself.

Consider at-will employment. If you are in an at-will state, you should certainly have that information front and center in your handbook. Employees should know that legal realities of your relationship to prevent any confusion on down the line. Disciplinary measures are sometimes necessary and should be mentioned in the handbook as well, along with the relationship between disciplinary measures and at-will employment.

Harassment policies are also an important component of the handbook. Sexual harassment charges can hit a company hard, damaging both its reputation and its bank account. Your policies towards any type of harassment or discrimination should be clearly stated in the handbook. This is something you will want to be able to reference should anyone ever attempt to lay blame on your company policies for harassment or discrimination situations.

Invest in your employee handbook

The employee handbook is important enough to invest time and money in. Consider hiring an attorney familiar with employee handbooks to ensure you include everything necessary to protect your company – both now and in the future.