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THE UNEXPECTED BENEFIT OF PROVIDING SNACKS FOR EMPLOYEES

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Sabrina Son

Sabrina is the editor in chief for TINYpulse news. She's dipped her toes into various works of writing — from retail copywriter to magazine editor. Her work's been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BNA, and Tech.co.

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iStock_000055455102_Small-2Here at TINYpulse, we work hard and also snack hard. Snacks — ranging from nuts and granola bars to M&Ms — have become a part of our culture. And why wouldn’t they? Having snacks readily available helps us get through the day feeling energized. We don’t have to leave the office just to grab a packet of peanuts.

A survey by Peapod found that:

  • 66% of employees who say their office always offers free snacks report being extremely or very happy with their current job
  • 48% of employees munch on office snacks or beverages one to four times per week
  • 56% agree they hit an afternoon slump without snacks to refuel their energy

So believe it or not, snacks are a driver in employee engagement, motivation, and productivity.

 

ROI of Snacks

Yes, snacks cost money. That’s why only 22% of offices provide free snacks and beverages, according to SHRM. But think about this: a study by Staples found that 50% of workers left the office to get snacks at least once a day, with some people going as much as five times per day!

That same study found that snack runs account for 2.4 billion hours lost in productivity in the U.S. Now take a look at this chart put together by Highfive:

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Companies can save up to $4.50 per person just by providing free lunches. And while most organizations can’t simply pay for everyone’s lunches every day, they can start with snacks.

 

Why TINYpulse Employees Love Snacks

Still not a believer in the benefits of providing snacks in the office? Here’s what the TINYfamily has to say:

 

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Having snacks in the office is more than feeding your employees. You’re actually saving money on lost production hours and disengagement.

 

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