Sodas, snacks and fresh fruit

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Sodas, snacks and fresh fruit

A colleague of mine joined a company that gave out free snacks and sodas in the afternoon and always had fresh fruit in the meeting rooms.  When he asked, “why do they do that?”  The answer was “because we value our employees”.

A year later, the company’s growth figures were lower than expected and margins became under pressure.  One day the snacks and sodas were replaced by payable vending machines and the fruit was moved into the reception (for visitors only).  My colleague was forced to ask himself, “just how much did my employer value me really?”

The problem was not the giving, or the taking away of the snacks, sodas and fruit. It was the explanation for doing it in the first place.  “We value our employees” must have sounded great at the time but anyone could have seen that it couldn’t last forever, and then what?

An alternative original reason could have been “we had a good year last year, so we decided to say an additional ‘thank you’ in a small but tax efficient way”.

What actions are you going to take this year to show your staff just how much you appreciate them?

Have a good week,



About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.

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