A Different Kind of Benefit in New York City

Break Room Benefits in New York City

Break Room Benefits in New York City

The division between a New York City employee’s work life and the rest of their life has recently undergone a dramatic transformation. MetLife’s 15th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study found that the new gig economy and accompanying demographic changes have altered the workplace in such a way that employees have redefined workplace expectations. In fact, more than half (51%) of the employees surveyed said they were more interested in contract or freelance work than the traditional full-time salaried position.

But what does that mean to employers?

For New York City employers, focus on retaining valued employees has jumped to the top of the list of important benefit objectives. According to Todd Katz, executive vice president, Group Benefits, at MetLife, “That line [between work and everything else] is now blurred with work and life overlapping more than ever before. As this happens, employees are looking to their employers to help them with their overall wellness needs, whether it’s through gym memberships to stay healthy or financial education programs to plan for their futures.” And those benefits are not going unnoticed by employees as 59% of employees surveyed agreed that health and wellness benefits contribute to employer loyalty.

In addition to formal programs that focus on the health and financial well-being of employees, there is an additional way to support your New York City employees’ health and financial goals, and, at the same time, help improve employee retention—offer an office break room that includes a micro-market, or free or subsidized vending machines. Both options offer similar products but vary in their presentation and delivery method.

Break Room Benefits in New York City

Micro-Market
  • open concept “mini” store using open shelving, glass-front coolers, and self-checkout technology
  • offers employees the option to read nutrition labels and make educated decisions about what to eat or drink
  • highlights the opportunity to make healthy choices by offering fresh and nutritious sandwiches, wraps, salads, snacks and beverages, fresh produce, yogurt
  • includes a wide variety of choices which acknowledge that employees have distinct preferences and unique work schedules
  • gives employers the option of subsidizing some of the cost for their employees
Free or Subsidized Vending
  • uses Internet connected vending machines for fast and accurate restocking, and management with mobile payment options, when needed
  • includes a wide variety of choices which acknowledge that employees have distinct preferences and unique work schedules
  • often includes a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, salads, fresh produce, and yogurt as well as healthy and traditional snacks and beverages
  • employers cover part or all of the cost of this benefit allowing employees to focus on other financial responsibilities

Have you considered the benefits of a micro-market, or free or subsidized vending in your office break room, or how it could positively impact employee retention? We can help you understand the differences and determine which program would best meet your New York City employees’ needs. For more information about free or subsidized vending, or micro-markets, contact Champion Vending at 800.558.5450.