We’re all still wobbling from the seismic shift that covid has forced on all aspects of our lives. In the UK at least there is a promising glimpse of some normality returning throughout the summer. For many of us this will mean a return back to the norm of working from the office instead of our homes.
This is likely to be another jolt for staff members having to readjust back to traditional office working, so it’s in our interest as good employers / managers to find ways to soothe this transition while trying to preserve workplace productivity and employee engagement. Fresh fruit is one thing that can make a difference .
In order to get the very most out of your employees, you need to ensure that they feel valued and that their hard work is appreciated. An easy yet effective way to do this is to provide them with fresh fruit to snack on – a thoughtful gesture that keeps staff away from energy zapping sugary snacks and instead serves to brighten up the office mood.
What are the tangible benefits?
London based office fruit provider Fruitful Office’s ‘Great Fruit Experiment’ was an analysis of the effect free employee fruit baskets has on a sample range of 320 employees working across 20 different organisations contained within the communal office space of Ethical Property’s ‘Development House’ in London.
The study found that the introduction of fruit into the workplace led to an incredible 11% increase in staff agreement that their company “enabled them to work more productively.” That’s just with the simple introduction of fruit!
Fresh fruit in the office can make employees feel more appreciated as their health is taken seriously by their employers – with an astonishing 79% of staff saying that the fruit made them feel more valued as an employee.
Businesses that prove staff health and wellbeing are important to them are more much more likely to see a decrease in staff turnover, and a much happier and healthier workforce overall. Understandably, a UK survey revealed that 87% of staff would prefer to be employed by a company that supports their health and wellbeing.
Simply introducing fruit into your workplace can help you achieve this goal, with over 80% of Fruitful Office clients claiming that fruit improved the quality of life in their offices.
High visibility reminders that you care about staff.
Often it’s the little things that make the difference in employee-manager relationships. Being sensitive to someone’s specific needs as a person and taking that extra minute of time to care about them can bear fruit long term (pun very much intended). The key here is to create passive and self-evident indicators that you care about everyone while doing your one-to-one work too.
Fresh fruit baskets in the workplace is one of the most obvious and highly visible reminders that you care about employee health and nutrition. A basket of fresh fruit somewhere very visible – such as reception or the staff break room – acts as a point of conversation for employees and improves the overall image of your company as a business that cares.
Due to their busy schedules and a lifestyle of ‘eating on the go’ many office workers fall back on fast food and vending machine snacks to give them the energy they need throughout the day. With the introduction of fresh fruit in the office, Fruitful Office found that an amazing 45% of staff were eating fewer unhealthy snacks, and 70% started eating more fruit.
Fresh office fruit makes it easy to get fresh fruit delivered straight to your company each day. This ensures that your business is contributing to the nutrition of your staff, leading to fewer sick days and higher engagement and motivation.
Overall, employees who feel valued and appreciated will always strive to be more productive, and will be naturally more engaged with their work. They will be more invested in a business that they believe is interested in their wellbeing, and fresh office fruit ticks all the boxes.