The Secret to Office Morale: A Good Kitchen


NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Forget casual Fridays and office birthday parties. A new survey suggests that boosting morale at the office could be a simple matter of maintaining a well-stocked kitchen.

Staples surveyed workers at more than 200 offices and found that a whopping 73% felt that a well-stocked office kitchen would make them happier. Another 57% thought it would make them more productive at work, which should certainly be of interest to any business owner debating whether to invest in improved kitchen offerings.

What would those offerings look like? Expanded beverage options – including coffee and tea – was one common suggestion. And there was widespread desire for a greater range of snacks (including 85% of respondents who wanted healthier options), plus basics like cups and flatware.

Of course, this is by no means a scientific study of the impact of a well-stocked kitchen; participants in the survey may insist that a better kitchen will make them more productive, but Staples provides no evidence that this plays out in real life.

Still, the company does make one compelling point, estimating that 85 million people leave the office routinely to get coffee, with each trip taking 20 to 40 minutes. If putting a supply of quality coffee in the kitchen keeps those people in the office, then it stands to reason that productivity would increase a bit.

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