When times get tough, employers may need to dial back some of the extras. But how do you decide what to cut first—and what should be the last resort?
That’s what one admin asked recently on the Admin Pro Forum: “We’re slashing costs at work and it’s time to take aim at some perks people take for granted—various office supplies, catered meetings, a nice coffee selection. “Which amenities do employees tend to miss more dramatically than others?”
Fellow admins weighed in, offering tips for helping employees make the adjustment.
Many gave suggestions on how to reduce the costs of office supplies without affecting productivity. “We went from four different Post-it notes to one; three different styles of pens to one, etc.,” writes Kim. “At first we got a few complaints but that died down after about two weeks. As the office manager, however, the biggest thing I hear about is coffee.”
Coffee was the perk many felt should be the last to go and the one splurge every company needs to make for employees. Thirty-eight percent of workers think they couldn’t live without it, according to a recent study, reports Alana Horowitz on Open Forum.
“Coffee is a big deal,” wrote Penny Kay. “So we asked people to pitch in for those that drink it so we can buy the flavored brand. The admin picks it up while doing other shopping, keeps it stocked and brewing all day. Everyone is happy. The folks that want it get it, and the folks that don’t drink it don’t comment about why the company is buying it. A win-win.”
When other perks are cut in tough economic times, keeping a good pot of coffee in the lunchroom is a way of letting employees know that things aren’t hopeless.