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    I once visited my nephew in his Hongkong office and I was surprised to find so many snacks on the table in the reception area. My nephew said that their company provides free snacks so they (the employees) could eat when hungry and no need to go outside to buy. The new concept is geared towards saving time since going out of the building to buy something takes a lot of time. And if the employees would do that every day, think of the time the company saves in exchange for the free snacks.

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    My previous company had a snack bar as well although it wasn't really as stocked as I would have preferred. They always had crackers but I'm not particularly fond of those so I always just brought my own. We had a store just a few floors down the so I guess it wasn't really that much of a problem but I agree that maybe saving me that five or ten minutes daily would probably have been much better for them.

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    • #3
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      Our company is planning on opening a snack bar in a couple of months as well, but I'm still gonna pack food from home since I like to eat healthier. I will just take a couple of snacks and drinks from there, but this is a cool initiative! :P

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        Re: Free snacks in the office

        Originally posted by Fuzyon View Post
        Our company is planning on opening a snack bar in a couple of months as well, but I'm still gonna pack food from home since I like to eat healthier. I will just take a couple of snacks and drinks from there, but this is a cool initiative! :P
        In the US, as per the story of my relatives, most offices have the vending machine that offers drinks, sandwiches, and even fruits. That is their excuse for saving time since workers need not go to the building cafeteria especially when the building is a large one. But that still pales with Bloomberg's style of offering free snack foods. Do you know of a company that offers free food absolutely? I mean food not only for snack but also for meals. It would be such a wonderful experience to work in that kind of office.

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          Re: Free snacks in the office

          Originally posted by Fuzyon View Post
          Our company is planning on opening a snack bar in a couple of months as well, but I'm still gonna pack food from home since I like to eat healthier. I will just take a couple of snacks and drinks from there, but this is a cool initiative! :P
          It's good that your company is taking steps to make it more comfortable for employees, but if you think it doesn't meet your needs then maybe you could give a suggestion to the ones in charge to maybe put in a section for healthier options. I'm sure they wouldn't mind considering it since it is in their best interest to keep their employees healthy.

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            After graduating from college, one of our classmates was hired for an apprenticeship work in the rural areas particularly in the mining area. He is part of the logistics team that handles everything, from the equipment used by the miners to the needs of the miners up to admin work. He said that it is like working in a ship because everything they need were provided by the company. And I said of course because they were in the mountains and there were no stores around.

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              Re: Free snacks in the office

              Originally posted by Corzhens View Post
              After graduating from college, one of our classmates was hired for an apprenticeship work in the rural areas particularly in the mining area. He is part of the logistics team that handles everything, from the equipment used by the miners to the needs of the miners up to admin work. He said that it is like working in a ship because everything they need were provided by the company. And I said of course because they were in the mountains and there were no stores around.
              I have a friend who works in a ship so I can imagine those types of conditions. These are extreme case examples though of course which is why it is commendable when offices with lots of stores nearby are willing to give their employees such bonuses like this one, although it is more an investment of course as long as employees don't take advantage of it too much to the point of exploitation.

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                I have looked at providing snacks as a means to keep my employees happy, however, the idea of using them as a tool to save time and money is certainly an interesting one, however, in that scenario the food would have be a bit more consistent that the fruits, biscuits, coffee and tea we typically offer.

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                  Re: Free snacks in the office

                  Originally posted by JWill View Post
                  I have looked at providing snacks as a means to keep my employees happy, however, the idea of using them as a tool to save time and money is certainly an interesting one, however, in that scenario the food would have be a bit more consistent that the fruits, biscuits, coffee and tea we typically offer.
                  It's definitely tricky as you also have to figure out many factors that may be unforeseen such as employees taking advantage. I think it works in specific conditions and for some other types of businesses it might not be as advisable.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Free snacks in the office

                    Originally posted by JWill View Post
                    I have looked at providing snacks as a means to keep my employees happy, however, the idea of using them as a tool to save time and money is certainly an interesting one, however, in that scenario the food would have be a bit more consistent that the fruits, biscuits, coffee and tea we typically offer.
                    The food would depend on the nature of work. When we have workers doing repairs in the house, we serve them meals and snacks outside of the agreed contract of work. That is to give them a bit of motivation and probably solicit some gratitude so they would do an honest work in return. For an office worker, snacks are important since it drives away budding hunger but it is not satisfying enough like a meal. But I also understand that the generosity can be abused by opportunists. So maybe it is okay if there is a strict control.

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                    • #11
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                      I work on the Trading Floor of a major grocery and general merch retailer in the UK, there is always free food floating about the office, it's a wonder i'm not 20stone..

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                      • #12
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                        This happens somewhat regularly here too, but geared more toward office people (which only account for about 8% of the staff). As we are a food factory, there are times that company will offer meals to the employees for free, but it is usually not well-received. If a person is dealing with the same food day in and day out, they are probably not looking forward to eating it as well.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Free snacks in the office

                          Originally posted by primalclaws1974 View Post
                          This happens somewhat regularly here too, but geared more toward office people (which only account for about 8% of the staff). As we are a food factory, there are times that company will offer meals to the employees for free, but it is usually not well-received. If a person is dealing with the same food day in and day out, they are probably not looking forward to eating it as well.
                          This reminds me of a former classmate who used to work in a fastfood like McDonald's. She said that employees of their outlet are given 50% discount for the food that they eat (does not include take out). But she seldom eat their product because she said that the mere smell of their food makes her stomach revolt. Especially the fries and the burger, she had lost the appetite so she prefers to bring her own food than buy their product.

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                          • #14
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                            Here in the US, we have vending machines or self serve convenient stores like you would find in an airport. It definitely saves time, but not necessarily money. We have a "Company Kitchen" where we have cards that we can add money to, or pay with cash or card. It's monitored by a 24 hour loss prevention system as well. You just grab what you want, scan it and pay for it. It's a nice feature to have, especially on days where you don't want to leave the building for your 30 minute lunch.

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                              Re: Free snacks in the office

                              Originally posted by acheno84 View Post
                              Here in the US, we have vending machines or self serve convenient stores like you would find in an airport. It definitely saves time, but not necessarily money. We have a "Company Kitchen" where we have cards that we can add money to, or pay with cash or card. It's monitored by a 24 hour loss prevention system as well. You just grab what you want, scan it and pay for it. It's a nice feature to have, especially on days where you don't want to leave the building for your 30 minute lunch.
                              There are also plenty of offices that do free snacks in the USA. It differs by employer greatly.

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