No coffee = firm trouble?

March 9, 2009
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If you came to work one morning to find out that your company no long provided free coffee because it wanted to save money, would you be angry, worried, or indifferent?

One Chicago firm has reportedly cut free coffee service in an attempt to save money. Some there look at it as a bad sign and that the firm is in trouble.

Yes, it’s just a perk to have coffee provided for free in your office, but it’s a nice perk that many people depend on and enjoy. The same goes for a water cooler, refrigerator to store your lunch, or vending machines. Do you have to have these to do your job? No, but it sure is nice to know your company is looking out for you and trying to make your hours on the job more comfortable.

Back to my original question: how would you feel if your firm started making cuts to small perks you enjoy? Would you be upset because you need to have your coffee to get through the day and now you’d have to bring it from home or buy it elsewhere? Would you be worried this was a sign the company was in trouble if it’s resorted to cutting coffee service? Perhaps you don’t drink coffee or you don’t care one way or another.

Have your firms started to cut costs in small areas? Does it bother you or would rather them cut coffee service or supplies than cut your job or freeze pay?

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