Is it time to refresh the staff tea point?
We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and with the recent boom in workplace coffee culture, we can say similar of the workplace. The tea point of an office can act as a central hub and meeting point for employees, but it’s often overlooked in office design. Many see it as being a necessary evil when, in fact, a properly designed kitchen and tea point can add an extra dimension to your space, acting as a social zone where staff can build friendships, hold meetings, and find inspiration, as well as get a cup of coffee. Now’s the time to ask yourself, is it time to refresh the staff tea point?
What Is A Tea Point?
As the name suggest, an office tea point is a part of your office space where your employees can make hot and cold beverages. It may make up part of your kitchen space, or be a wholly separate entity.
Unfortunately, many companies overlook the tea point when designing their space, viewing it as a necessity but not something to put much thought behind. With this mentality it’s easy to disregard the true potential and added value of a well thought out tea point.
In the past, tea points would typically be a bit of counter space with a kettle, some tea bags and a jar of coffee. Nowadays, the consumer expects much more. We have a greater understanding of the coffee we are drinking, and we expect a high quality beverage wherever we are, including the office. In fact, according to the 2017 Leesman Index, 82% of respondents said that tea, coffee and refreshment facilities were a highly important factor in the office environment. Now’s as good a time as any to start making the steps towards refreshing your tea point.
Why Invest In The Tea Point?
In the modern workspace, we’re often overloaded with tasks. We’re busy from when we arrive at work to when we leave. Often, taking a break is the first thing to go when we’re experiencing a particularly busy time. Some people think that it’s better to work nonstop in order to complete tasks. But contrary to popular belief, we tend to get more done when we take regular breaks, and it’s well researched that inspiration and creativity often come most easily when your brain has some downtime, for example when driving, sleeping, or, of course, taking a break to make a cup of tea or coffee. Those few minutes away from your desk can be vital in helping with creativity, problem solving and productivity. The chance to share ideas with colleagues can also be massively helpful in overcoming problems, as well as building relationships at work.
Maintaining a high level of productivity amongst staff can be tricky, as there are many factors that can have an impact. However research has shown that promoting self care and encouraging breaks plays a massive role in productivity. Investing in a well-designed tea point, (and, more importantly, encouraging your team to use it) gives employees a place away from their desk to take a break, regroup and grab a coffee.
Similarly, having a space to meet work colleagues away from a desk and chat over a coffee can be instrumental in building strong and meaningful relationships in and across teams. A strong bond between colleagues can only be a good thing, as it encourages team work, can improve staff retention and gives employees chance to share thoughts and find inspiration.
How To Refresh Your Tea Point
If you’re lucky enough to have a large office space, consider installing several strategically placed tea points throughout the whole office to help encourage spontaneous interactions and collaboration between members of staff. Building these relationships can in turn help improve engagement, productivity and wellbeing.
The human brain isn’t designed to work at full speed for 8 hours. We need time to switch off and refocus, so adding some comfortable seating and furniture is another way to refresh the tea point. It gives employees another space in the office to switch off for a few minutes and reflect on their work.
Of course, the quality of the beverages you offer plays a huge role in how successful your tea point is. Consumers are much more knowledgeable about the coffee they drink. They know their lattes from their flat whites, and their cappuccinos from their macchiatos, so a sub-par coffee offering is a surefire way to limit the success of the space (click here to find out if your coffee offering meets consumer expectations). When staff aren’t receiving a premium coffee experience, they are more likely to search out their beverage elsewhere. It’s estimated that close to half of workers leave the office each day to find a good cup of coffee. It may only be a 15 minute outing, but these 15 minutes quickly add up to a large chunk of time away from the desk. Providing a great in-house coffee experience that you can trust to serve a first-class beverage, such as TopBrewer, is a good way to keep staff on site, saving time and money.
The best tea points are not only well designed, but also reflect the core ethics and values of the company. Landmark‘s newly-refurbished Chancery Lane location was designed to promote social interaction amongst staff and clients. They chose to install TopBrewer into their tea point as a way to encourage networking and collaboration.
Similarly, when leading construction equipment manufacturer, Armorgard, designed their new offices, they wanted it to be high-tech and embrace an agile working concept. TopBrewer was the logical choice for their coffee solution, due to the app control, bluetooth connectivity and wide range of specialty-grade beverages.
What makes TopBrewer a great asset to your tea point?
The uniquely designed TopBrewer, with hidden under-counter brew unit mechanics and stylish swan neck tap, is the perfect central addition to any tea point. The unique minimal design gives you and your designers freedom to create a collaborative central space, where employees can catch up over a cup of barista-quality coffee. Find out more…