One could be mistaken for thinking a business conceived in January 2020, to serve the office workplace, was a fairly sure bet.
The concept for the large majority of professional companies still centred around employees congregating within the same buildings every day, as they had for more than a century.
Our business, the Corporate Concierge Club, was created to enable the improvement of 3 core pillars of the workplace: engagement, productivity and well-being, by the means of providing healthier snacking stations and tailored corporate gifting programmes. We didn’t set out to be the golden bullet that could magically fix broken cultures with a few kale chips. We did think we could add a very nice-to-have enhancement to the workplace, bringing in a little more excitement, whilst helping retain and attract some of the best talent, etc.
6 weeks on from our official launch in mid-March, we operate in a very different world. We have seen an unprecedented shift in the function of the workplace, perhaps the fastest evolution in history?
The Corporate Concierge Club, was created to enable the improvement of 3 core pillars of the workplace: engagement, productivity and well-being, by the means of providing healthier snacking stations and tailored corporate gifting programmes.
As a business we could no longer serve our clients’ offices and having made a good start, all our deliveries stopped as our offering quite obviously wasn’t viable any more.
This ‘pause’ gave us time for some deep contemplation to consider what this new workplace might look like, would it change forever, and what would it mean for employees and employers alike.
Thankfully, it wasn’t long until the surveys started coming out. The Institute of Employment Studies published the following data, which we found very helpful:
• Diet and exercise are on the wane with one fifth (20 per cent) of respondents admitting to an increase in alcohol consumption, while a third (33 per cent) are eating a less healthy diet, and over half (60 per cent) acknowledging that they are exercising less.
• The mental health of survey respondents depicts a workforce with a lot on its mind. Half of all respondents (50 per cent) reported not being happy with their current work-life balance; a third (33 per cent) frequently feel isolated, over a fifth (21 per cent) are worried about job security, while just under half (41 per cent) harbour health concerns for family members.
This got us thinking that perhaps we do still have something to offer, and we can be more meaningful than we ever thought we could be. This new solitary way of working, although with benefits, still creates some big new challenges for workplace dynamics. Employee engagement, productivity and well-being are more important than ever before.
We decided to flip our logistics model on its head, we did the Covid-Shuffle!
Now, instead of shipping large volumes to offices (although we do still do this where there is demand), we have developed the means for our customers to purchase online and for our products to be shipped directly to people’s homes. Still providing healthier, nutritious snacks and drinks for home workers to munch on throughout the day. Creating a sense of gratitude to employers looking out for their employees in these changing times. Eating the same snacks as their colleagues, enabling engaging conversations about what they like most, what they hope they get in their next delivery. Generating motivation where it may have been lacking and contributing to an all-round greater sense of wellbeing.
We have developed the means for our customers to purchase online and for our products to be shipped directly to people’s homes. Still providing healthier, nutritious snacks and drinks for home workers to munch on throughout the day.
If this rapid shift in your workplace environment has caught you and your staff feeling a little confused and isolated, we want to help, so please get-in-touch.
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