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The modern business world would be nothing without the vast armada of machines that support and underpin our everyday tasks. We have fax machines, copy machines, adding machines and an unfathomable amount of gadgets that our functions depend on, but there is one machine that serves as the beating heart of everything going on in the office at any given time – and that is the office coffee machine.

Whether you drink coffee yourself or not is largely irrelevant, the fact is other people do. And without their regular dose of coffee, most folks are a little less than their best. So today, the team of office coffee experts at Corporate Essentials would like you to take a moment and reflect on the vital role that these unsung heroes play in all great office break rooms around NYC.

One drink to unite them all

A well-stocked break room has more than just a solid supply of locally roasted coffee in seasonally appropriate varieties. There should be a solid selection of tea, hot cocoa, cold drinks and even snacks to entice folks into common areas where they might have a chance to converse with others. You can use these beverages and snacks as a focal point for staff gatherings – even providing entertainment in the form of popular games, magazines or other materials your staff may find interesting.

The key is these things need not be directly related to the business your company does – in many ways it is better if they are not. This allows your staff to grab a warm cup of refreshing coffee, have a seat and interact with others.

It is this interaction that provides one of the best benefits to getting great office coffee machines installed at your place of business: collaboration. Collaboration between teams and departments is often difficult to encourage, particularly in larger companies.

However, a strategically placed collection of office coffee machines will work wonders for encouraging people to get out of their soulless gray cubes and actually communicate.The beauty of office coffee is that it is something everyone can talk about – even the people who are not really “coffee people”.

Forestalling the zombie apocalypse, one sip at a time

Some days it is frightfully difficult to keep going once you have overcome the arduous task of getting to work. Office coffee machines can breathe new life into those days – providing a key weapon in the war against the scourge known as the two o’clock slump. What do we have against two o’clock?

The truth is we are not completely convinced it is two o’clock’s fault, but it seems that even the most dedicated staff find themselves falling victim to a general lull in productivity and lack of inspiration around two most afternoons. Perhaps it is the carbohydrate binge so many of us take at lunch, or maybe it is the tapering off of the power boost we get from chugging coffee and chomping bacon in the early hours of the morning – whatever it is, the need for something more to keep us charging on toward the closing whistle is apparent.

Your amazing office coffee machines are there, lined up as silent sentinels on the final frontier of productivity. Providing office coffee on demand, at the point of need, to anyone who needs a pick-me-up is a great way to instill a feeling of value in your staff – and a simple way to get a bit of insurance against the downtime and productivity lapses that a lack of hydration or sluggish metabolism might cause. Benefits of a well-hydrated workforce include:

  • Sharper decision making.
  • Enhanced creativity.
  • Fewer mood swings.
  • Better overall health.

Creating a caring culture

Investing in the best office coffee machines is an investment in the future of your business in more subtle ways as well. Working together day in and day out does not always endear us to our colleagues – no matter how much time we spend together meeting deadlines. However, working in an office that seeks to nurture and properly fuel its staff can prove far more rewarding.

Why? Because the simple act of sharing a cup of coffee leads to better collaboration, as we have already explained. More than this, knowing that you are saving them the time, hassle and money involved in getting that pre-work latte or that post-lunch iced mocha shows the workforce in your company something that is hard to put a value on: you value them.

One key factor that fails companies with great perks is that they do not do enough to develop the benefits available into a web of services that enhance the overall workplace experience. Your office coffee machines can do this by providing the backbone of the gathering place where employees come to seek refreshments, information and a break from the cut and thrust of the day’s events. By providing the right drinks to the people who want them at the point of need – instead of at a discount in the café down the street – enforces a message: we know your time is valuable, and we are glad you spend it with us.

When you have put all the pieces into place to create a great workplace culture and are ready to consider the office coffee machines that could make all the difference, look no further – the team of experts here at Corporate Essentials is ready to help. Our coffee concierge team can help you choose the best coffee equipment from our fine range of office coffee machines.

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Joe Simonovich

Joe has a strong background in marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). The start to his career as a customer service representative has given him a unique foundation and different perspective on almost all business-related situations. Joe is now the Chief Growth Officer (and Director of Creating Awesomeness) at Corporate Essentials. He brings a unique skill set and a hands-on approach to any leadership role and believes that hustle is simply a way of life.